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A History of Progressive Music and Youth Culture

Phishing in America

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Dennis Carlson

Edited By Shirley R. Steinberg

The late Dennis Carlson uses the alternative nature of the Burlington, Vermont-bred band, Phish, and the larger impact of rock n’ roll to look at youth and revolutionary music culture. A History of Progressive Music and Youth Culture is designed for those who work with or teach young people to understand the nature and origin of musical commitment and devotion. For academics, the book traces a cultural study of rock which is unlike any other discussion of music or musicology published.

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No Ghost Stories Here: Foreword by Shirley R. Steinberg

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Proclaiming an indisputable fact, Damon Linker (2019) created shivers up the spines of those of us who understand just how essential rock n’ roll is to life. Indeed, with prophetic authority, Linker assaulted us with “The coming death of just about every legend.” Following the loss of Bowie, Gregg Allman, Tom Petty, Prince, and, just now, at the time of writing the preface to a book on rock n’ roll’s essential importance to us all, Ginger Baker’s death, Linker took a 3 inch leap in asserting in just a few short years, they will all be gone: “… losses have been painful. But it’s nothing compared with the tidal wave of obituaries to come. Yes, the Boomers left alive will take it hardest—these were their heroes and generational compatriots.” Other than stating the obvious, Linker misses the mark in digging the mass grave of rockers. As Dennis Carlson so brilliantly captures us, we understand completely that rock n’ roll underpins not music, but entire cultures. While Linker rests on this one citation that I am generously giving him, those of us who are “left,” are too busy ensuring that more than just a recording legacy remains infinite … immortal. Continuing his romp into the absurd, clearly emphasizing his own proclaimed GenX ignorance (no women, ←xiii | xiv→no people of color), he creates his own Killing Field list of 25 or so names of those who will surely go in the next few years. Walking away from the grave, he claims only...

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