Like the article a lot. Once overheard Lloyd Price maintaining that the rock and roll of the 50s made as much progress in race relations as the actual civil rights movement. A friend, career jazz musician and a teenager in the 50s, confirmed the sentiment. “It was when the white kids started to be curious about us, that they could hang with us.”
I wouldn’t agree, if implied, that there was any conspiracy in the separation into the genres, leading to the Moody Blues over here and the Delfonics over there — Soulsonic Force over here and Bad Brains over there. Times change and pop music was an all important tribal signifier, and some music is specifically designed to be a closed club, to be distasteful to the other tribes.
Another angle: Lester Bangs wrote Sgt Pepper, an undeniably great record, would kill rock and roll. Because it was sound sculpture, not in the moment. Sound sculpture has no connection to risk, no sound of chancing the mistake. Anyone can make a pop record now given a Mac and enough time to tweak and grid and pitch correct. The skills to create excitement in 2 minutes 50 under the clock are no longer required. Haven’t been since [ longer comment redacted ]
Please reconsider the animated gif’s. Very annoying when reading. A headache.