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TOMORROW IS THE QUESTION: THE ART OF ILENE SEGALOVE

Ilene Segalove, Today’s Program: Jackson Pollock, “Lavender Mist, 1973, collaged photographs on paper, 14 x 17".

I’VE SPENT FORTY-TWO YEARS waiting for the other (saddle) shoe to drop: Sha Na Na at Woodstock? There, the group performed Danny and the Juniors’ 1957 doo-wop classic “At the Hop.” Woodstock was many things—brainchild of hip entrepreneurs; cheesy, overdetermined symbol of the counterculture; sentimental apotheosis of the hippie—but, say what you like, it was not a sock hop. Although the Woodstock performance propelled Sha Na Na to certain commercial success in film and television as well as music, at a live show in San Francisco (preserved on their 1973 album The Golden Age of Rock ’n’ Roll) the band’s lead singer taunted the audience: “We’ve got just one thing to say to you fucking hippies, and that is that rock ’n’ roll is here to stay!” If anything, that challenge marked the end of an era, not its permanence. Decade consciousness, for better or worse, had not yet

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