A Cultural Shift, Frozen in Time

19 Sep 2009

The Big Bang, we are told, happened 15 billion years ago. The Nativity is sung about at Christmas. The Renaissance faded into life gradually, and came to exist only in retrospect. But here is a birth we can witness: Rock ‘n Roll being born from jazz on one smoky night in 1958. The birth pains are there in the faces of the musicians and some of the crowd, but by the time the clarinet wails and the drummer smiles, we know the baby will be healthy. Awe-inspiring in every way.

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