Just in case you missed the first time . . .
- 31 December: Here’s to the New Year
- 24 December: ‘Tis the night before Christmas
- 20 December: From Macy’s to Dickens on the plains
- 12 December: Eden rocked
- 9 December: The aftermath, continued . . .
- 8 December: Immediate aftermath
- 7 December: The date still lives in infamy
- 5 December: The mean widdle man-kid
- 21 November: Freed fall
- 20 November: A twin triumph for Lurene Tuttle
We’re building a history here . . .
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He coined the term “rock and roll” (perhaps inspired by the use of the phrase in Billy Ward and the Dominos’ suggestive rhythm and blues hit “Sixty Minute Man”) and he was often considered its father. And yet there have been those who have pondered whether Alan Freed came to it at first for love or for the cash register. Nelson George, in his remarkable The Death of Rhythm & Blues (New York: Pantheon, 1988), isolated that thought among others:
Those who discover these gentle offerings ask now and again what provoked the interest, the love, that led to them in the first place. Sometimes I think I’ve had a proper answer, other times I’ve reflected that perhaps I haven’t.
Over two years ago, when I opened this journal after having done similar elsewhere, I published an update of my original manifesto. And like many if not most writers confronted with an earlier exercise, I find it only slightly less comfortable to read now than I would to find myself undergoing root canal.