Robert Hilburn's article ("The Devil, You Say? No Way," Sept. 8), is a sorry apologia for part of what is wrong with rock today.
Hilburn seems to be saying that any song about sociopathic behavior is all right because it is designed solely to (a) make a buck and (b) aggravate parents by appealing to youthful rebellion.
Hilburn's solution, or antidote, to sensational lyrics--that parents cultivate a good foundation for their children--does not address the broader issue of what exposure to songs dealing with violence, terrorism, burglary, etc., do to us all as a society.
If the real point, as Hilburn asserts, is rebellion, then it must be stated without equivocation that Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker suspect, if convicted, got the message. Murder is the ultimate rebellion against civilized and ordered society.