I enjoyed the essay, Paul. Thanks.
The part about “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” reminded me of a Gil Scott-Heron track called “Ain’t No New Thing” in which he comments on the accomplishments of black musicians like Chuck Berry being overshadowed by white ones — e.g., Elvis Presley — because, as he says it, white parents couldn’t stand having their kids flip out (GSH uses a different term) over black artists. It’s an interesting notion that I’m sure has some truth to it.
At any rate, thanks again.