The Beach Boys Best Album Ever
The release of the Beatles Revolver in the late summer of 1966 confirmed the suspicion that (some of) rock 'n' roll was turning into rock, an art form believed to be progressing in sophistication and ambition with the passage of time.
And the Beach Boys, it appeared, might just get squeezed into this new storyline.
By the second half of the decade, their early '60s surf and car hits were dismissed as relics of a bygone era. And Pet Sounds had not sold as well as earlier albums. Yet it was considered a critical success, an advance. and admired in England by the public, the critics, and the Beatles themselves, at a time when British pop taste was believed to be one step beyond American. If you were listening for such connections, and I was, it wasn't hard to notice that Here, There, and Everywhere on Revolver was a homage to Pet Sounds. MORE
Why Murray the K Turned Into
Glenn Beck (and Dr. Dre)
. . . the Top 40 DJs of the 1950s and early 1960s like Alan Freed, Wolfman Jack, and Murray the K were cultural ambassadors of racial integration, holding together the multi-culti meritocracy of hit radio with the force of their raucous on air personalities and patter, a parallel if not explicit connection to the Civil Rights Movement. But by 1979, rock DJ Steve Dahl, with the blessing of Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, could promote a Disco Demolition, a vinyl book burning as it were, after the first game of a doubleheader that got so out of hand the White Sox had to cancel and forfeit the second game . . . MORE