The critical responses Patrick Goldstein quoted to President Reagan's attack on rock 'n' roll for its contribution to the drug problem did much for the credibility of Reagan's remarks ("Rock World Raps Reagan's Drug Stance," Aug. 10).
Eddie Rosenblatt from Geffen Records: "Truly ridiculous and frightening," and, "certainly there have been isolated instances where musicians have encouraged drug use. But we've been a very positive force in this country."
Reagan expressed what is a widely held perception that rock as an art form is a vocal supporter of drug use; to reiterate such is hardly "ridiculous" or "frightening." And his assertion that instances of drug support have been "isolated" is just plain misinformation.
Tower Records owner Russ Solomon: "Ludicrous," noting that, "rock is entertainment, not some negative social force." Aside from his implication that rock has little cultural impact (a naive statement) he did little else but whine "I disagree."