Did all those post-Elvis pop Bobbies - Bobby Vee, Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell et al - suck or did they actually sock? Gene Sculatti looks back on a maligned musical annum--Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
Kids today. And the music they listen to! As I write, Billboard's (U.S.) Top 10 features three songs with the F-word in their title, one enumerating the joys of sado-masochism, another urging immoderate consumption of vodka and cocaine-preferably as one "freaks it off" on the dance floor.
But really, can 2011 compare to what orthodox history still disparages - after half a century - as the unquestioned nadir of modern pop: the post-Elvis, pre-Beatles early '60s? The official story goes like this: rock 'n' roll was defanged, with Elvis in the army, Chuck Berry in jail, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Richie Valens dead, Little Richard studying to become a minister. Jerry Lee Lewis, banned from the radio after his notorious nuptials (he'd married his 13-year-oldRead More »from The Rock’s Backpages Rewind: Was 1960 Really The Worst Pop Year Ever?