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Thursday, August 07, 2003

Sam Phillips Postscript

Frank Paynter writes a perceptive comment to my preceding post and concludes by observing, “Elvis, and Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis signaled a cultural shift I think. And a new way of understanding our world started to open up for the non-marxist many.”

David Gates notes in a Newsweek article on Sam Phillips, “to Phillips their musical impact was inextricable from the way they broke down barriers of race, class, and nationality. “

Gates then quotes Phillips, “There is nothing in this world that has contributed to the everlasting understanding of the people of the world like the music that originated right here, called rock and roll.”

Amen, brother.


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