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Rock & The Ivory Tower

September 13, 1987

Unbelievable. Unbeleeevable!

On one page Robert Hilburn does a pretty good, if self-righteous, analysis of Professor Allan Bloom's unidimensional condemnation of rock 'n' roll as just one more instance of the lack of culture and intellect in modern society ("Rock Under Fire," Sept. 6).

On the facing page, we read a framed quote by Ian McCulloch (lead Bunny of Echo & the Bunnymen, who clearly loves to hear his own voice) that Beethoven didn't have to say anything, so John Lennon was more of an artist ("Liverpool Boy With Cheek," by Richard Cromelin). Amazing!

This is just the sort of mindless posturing that gives Bloom credibility. Maybe some editor faced these articles just to make that subtle point.

RON RICE

Santa Monica

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