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PRINT December 1995

Diedrich Diederichsen and Jutta Koether

BEAT VENERATION

With few interesting new things in rock, THE RAGE FOR HISTORICIZATION remained the best event of 1995. There were CD retrospectives ranging from the Velvet Underground (the schoolboy decadence on the previously un-issued pre-Warhol ’65 recordings was especially good fun) to the Beatles. On television, although the syndicated History of Rock and Roll regrettably failed to tell the whole story because it relied entirely on the outrageous views of musicians, PBS/BBC’s Rock and Roll gave us more to chew on. Particularly interesting (in a year when profits from Brit pop releases went through the roof) was the classic battle between the Americans and the Brits for status as the progenitors of punk. But the funk segment was by far the best. Series consultant Robert Palmer’s hard work and mania for details sustained his reading of the history of popular music as largely the history

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