Thursday, April 30, 2009


Rock Music Not Needed In Schools

SEATTLE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Seattle’s garage rock sound may have had a huge impact on the music world, but it shouldn’t be taught in schools.

So says the “unofficial curator of rock n’ roll,” Pete Blecha, who chronicles the history of the Seattle rock music scene in his new book Sonic Boom: The History Of Northwest Rock From Louie Louie To Smells Like Teen Spirit (Backbeat Books).

Blecha interviewed more than 500 people who influenced the Seattle sound and at one point he boasted a record collection upwards of 20,000 vinyls.

According to Blecha, “I wanted to connect the dots between two songs: the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’ and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ because they serve as the perfect book ends. But there’s nothing so world-shaking about rock n’ roll that needs to be taught in some kind of curriculum.”

He says rock should stay out of classrooms because it’s not history quite yet, and because it’ll only create more arrogant music geeks in doing so.

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