The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in 1 Song
“The great Greil Marcus, whose rock-critical illuminations—in books likeMystery Train and Lipstick Traces—sent stroboscopic shafts into the black forest of my early manhood, is about to publish a volume titled The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs.
So naturally my first thought was: I bet I can do it in five.
And my next thought was: Nah. Five songs is too many. And also too few. Five is a clutter, a randomness, a gallimaufry. If it’s not going to be 10, it’s got to be one. The history of rock ‘n’ roll in one song.
And if you want a song that does it all—that includes tradition, the future, outer space, electricity, armageddon, death/rebirth and the first stirrings of music itself—then there really is only one song: “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.”