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It's Still Only Rock 'n' Roll

November 22, 1987

Who is Robert Hilburn that he can say it's time for a new name for today's music ("Rock 'n' Roll: Is It Time for a New Term?," Nov. 8)?

Just because he is unable to broaden his tastes to include artists other than Springsteen or Dylan does not mean that other artists don't play rock.

In fact, rock 'n' roll has become a general term referring to the music of our time. The commercialization of music has given us a wide variety of rock.

Billy Joel is right, it is still rock 'n roll to me. The only difference is that, as Hilburn points out, there are different types of rock.

What's wrong with that? It's the best description I can think of without subscribing to Hilburn's narrow-minded and opinionated guidelines.

JONATHAN E. MILLER

Encino

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