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Rock & The Ivory Tower

September 13, 1987

I'll take Hilburn's word for it that rock is a socially relevant search for insight and understanding, but music is also made of other elements: melody, harmony, rhythm and tone color.

Insipid melodies, the same three chords, no metric variety, little rhythmic variety, a standardized instrumentation and performances in which volume is substituted for excitement offer little more than the chance to lose one's hearing while being bored to death.

Want relevance? Read a speech by Martin Luther King, an essay by Ellen Goodman. Want music? Listen to Beethoven, Charlie Parker. Want to know where Fats Domino found his thrill. . . .

DAVID M. SHERR

Santa Monica

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