[sixties-l] Fwd: Rexroth on Rock

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Date: Fri Aug 11 2000 - 22:16:10 CUT

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    >From: "Bureau of Public Secrets" <knabb@slip.net>
    >Subject: Rexroth on Rock
    >Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 12:49:15 -0700
    >Kenneth Rexroth's article "Subversive Aspects of Popular Songs" is now
    >online at http://www.slip.net/~knabb/rexroth/songs.htm.
    >It's a lively examination of marginal or underground music, from the
    >medieval lyrics of wine, women and satire popularized in Orff's "Carmina
    >Burana" to the folk and rock songs of the 1960s counterculture.
    >Rexroth traces its development in France through the bohemian underworld of
    >nineteenth-century cabaret and street singers to the post-World War II
    >renaissance of poet-singers such as Georges Brassens and Anne Sylvestre,
    >whom he praises for "replacing the acquisitive appetite with the lyric
    >In America he traces a parallel evolution from traditional folksongs and
    >blues to the lyrics of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and the rock
    >bands of the sixties. Along the way he has lots of pungent comments on jazz,
    >rhythm & blues, protest songs, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and on the
    >society they at once reflect and (with varying degrees of awareness) react
    >* * *
    >The Bureau of Public Secrets website, which has received nearly 200,000 page
    >visits during its first two years, features Ken Knabb's SITUATIONIST
    >INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY (translations from the notorious group that helped
    >trigger the May 1968 revolt in France) and PUBLIC SECRETS, the recent
    >collection of Knabb's own writings, including "The Joy of Revolution,"
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