Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Hypester

Have to give a nod to Dick Clark, one of the hustling low-rent entrepreneurs who turned rock n’ roll into a cultural phenomenon. Clark, for all his slickness, operated in the Barnum carnival barker American tradition of ballyhoo. He defined America, selling good clean innocent not-too-sophisticated fun. The salesman who could put over anything—and sometimes did.

p.s. Let’s get Chubby Checker in the Rock Hall of Fame! That he’s not in is a disgrace.

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