>From: "Bureau of Public Secrets" <email@example.com>
>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
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