what exactly was a “rock & roll album” in those days?

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WHAT EXACTLY IS A ROCK & ROLL ALBUM? To an­swer that ques­tion, we need to an­swer an­other: What is rock & roll music? After sixty years, we still don’t have a de­f­i­n­i­tion that everyone agrees with! Ar­gu­ments about its de­f­i­n­i­tion and its origin in the early ’50s—no wait, was it the late ’40s?—have [Continue reading]

I know, it’s only rock & roll (or is it only rock and roll?)

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I KNOW, IT’S ONLY ROCK & ROLL, but I like it and so do mil­lions of others (al­though the number of faithful may be dwin­dling as we age and the Hip-Hop Era en­dures). The phrase “rock & roll” as it refers to music and dancing has been with us for al­most sev­enty years and ap­pears to have orig­i­nally been a black Amer­ican eu­phemism for sex that goes back even fur­ther. [Continue reading]