“Into the ether with…”

There are meditations on the Five Satins’ “In the Still of the Nite,” Etta James’ “All I Could Do Was Cry,” Buddy Holly’s “Crying, Waiting, Hoping,” [Barrett] Strong’s “Money,” the Drifters’ “This Magic Moment” and the Teddy Bears’ (with Phil Spector) “To Know Him Is to Love Him.” These songs are all standards, and to anyone raised within demographic spitting distance of the baby boom, probably a little overfamiliar. Marcus’ ambition, as usual, is to reclaim their strangeness and explain their staying power.

Into the ether with Greil Marcus’ ‘History of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, by Evan Kindley in Los Angeles Times


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