Freak Power; Or, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Beat Bard Allen Ginsberg with Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of The Clash at Electric Ladyland studios, 1981. (Photo by Hank O’Neal; from the collection of publisher and art-collector, Carl Laszlo.)

Historical periods and events do not happen in a random and isolated fashion. Nor does history happen all at once. Civilization is the deliberate continuum of humanity crashing into itself all over the world that we measure by history and assess by culture.

Rock & Roll can be anything it damn well wants. Music is broad enough to contain all kinds of sounds and rhythms; and…