NMGA // The Knack: My Sharona

‘[…] Lots of upright, proper Americans were scandalized by the way Elvis moved his hips when he sang “rock and roll.” But how many realized what the phrase rock and roll meant? Cultural historian Michael Ventura, investigating the roots of African-American music, found that rock ’n’ roll was a term that originated in the juke joints of the South. Long in use by the time Elvis appeared, Ventura explains the phrase “hadn’t meant the name of a music, it meant ‘to fuck.’ ‘Rock,’ by itself, had pretty much meant that, in those circles, since the twenties at least.” […]
Though crusty old Ed Sullivan would have been scandalized to realize what he was saying when he announced this new “rock and roll all the kids are crazy about.” Examples of barely concealed sexual reference lurking just below the surface of common American English don’t stop there. Robert Farris Thompson, America’s most prominent historian of African art, says that funky is derived from the Ki-Kongolu-fuki, meaning “positive sweat” of the sort you get from dancing or having sex, but not working. One’smojo, which has to be “working” to attract a lover, is Ki-Kongo for “soul.” Boogie comes from mbugi, meaning “devilishly good.” And both jazz and jism likely derive from dinza, the Ki-Kongo word for “to ejaculate.”’

Ryan, C. & Jethá, C. (2010). Sex At Dawn. How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships. HarperCollins. p. 86.

No More Good Art is a website where I showcase a song every week. I started by illustrating standardised covers in 2013, and the project has slowly grown to become a full-fledged design exercise.

This is the latest iteration of the project, where I connect the posts to texts that inspire me.

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