Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll
"...is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people's hearts and minds."
That's an actual quote from the 84 page handbook of the Heritage Christian High School in Findlay, Ohio. The reason I quote this passage that comes screaming right out of the Eisenhower administration is because this Baptist school is threatening to suspend and even expel one of their students, a certain 17 year-old boy named Tyler Frost if he attends his girlfriend's prom at her school.
Huh? Yes, you heard that right. It's bad enough that these moral Amish have a wild hair across their puckered asses regarding hand-holding, kissing, dancing and rock 'n' roll. But what they're also saying is, We own you. Even outside of school. And young Mr. Frost, as with many high school kids, has classes and final exams only until the 24th of May.
He will be suspended just for attending a social function with other young people who contort their bodies in the immoral, self-expressive ritual of dance. If he touches liquor or gets lucky with his lady friend, he'll be expelled.
Hm, decisions, decisions. Young Mr. Frost said, Fuck it, I'm going. He's never been to a dance before. Even the boy's father thinks Heritage is being heavy-handed, being of the opinion that their influence should not extend beyond the classroom.
But while this is outrageous enough as it is, what makes me laugh my heathen ass off is this school's antiquated notion of rock 'n' roll, at how it corrupts the minds of young people, which was the exact reason we murdered Socrates a couple of thousand years ago.
The whole idea behind rock 'n' roll, and this is coming from a fan of the genre (and mebbe Minstrel Boy will be so kind as to chime as a professional musician) is that it's supposed to inspire distrust (as opposed to rebellion for its own sake) of the preceding generation.
The very concept of rock 'n' roll back in the early Bill Haley/Buddy Holly era was to provide a departure from the status quo, to embrace sexuality, to inspire young people to question authority figures. Rock 'n' roll has been the soundtrack of America and for the world over the last 55 years and, guess what? It's here to stay, you Bible-humping assclowns. The people who were Bill Haley's original fans are either in nursing homes or are dead and buried. The Rolling Stones, who came around almost a decade later, are now older than the average CEO.
Rock 'n' roll is no longer just a platform for "rebellion"- it's part of the corporate culture that subsumed the "counterculture". It is packaged, shrink-wrapped, hyped and sold by the tens of thousands of grosses to kids who don't know they're being had. Rock and roll used to give kids hope, purpose, some balm for their teen angst. Now it offers a steady stream of income for record executives and rock stars who file lawsuits against entities such as Napster.
In short, rock 'n' roll has been co-opted by bean-counters and middle-aged lawsuit chasers who are every bit as uptight as these assholes in Ohio who would seek to ban them.
But for the rest of us, those of us who still appreciate the Henry Rollins Band, the Fugazis, the Black Flags and all the other hard rock bands who never sold out or bought in, rock 'n' roll remains a part of the soundtrack of the modern world, albeit more in the background. And if young Mr. Tyler Frost wants to get his wick wet and listen to some live rock 'n' roll, then the church greybeards ought to just get the fuck out of his way and get back to making their Temperance Society placards.