Sep 17 2012 ∞
“ Yet the rock ‘n’ roll group, being a creation of capitalism, has been forbidden any explicit ideology beyond an institutionalized nihilism or a vague contrariness, and thus it lives in a fog, semiconscious of what it is attempting, oblivious to the great struggle of which it is a part. Groups shuffle about like would-be Incroyables and Merveilluses, partly ashamed of their endeavor, partly smug with an inherited and wholly misplaced air of elitism. They despise the squares they endure each day. But why? What it is it about rock ‘n’ roll — which seems to have failed utterly in its promise to deliver humanity from bourgeois hypocrisy and tedium — that affords them this conceit?
— whoa has anybody posted about this Ian Svenonius book excerpt from the new issue of Harper’s yet (via desnoise)