The truth is it was mostly to prove that they were the ones with a pulse and that their voice had to be heard.
“Let me tell you how it happened for me…
“Back in 1962, my good friend Bill had just started out in music. He’d just finished a year-long college course in journalism at a public college up near Cincinnati and was still in a rush to learn a trade to make a living and become a successful rock and roll musician.
“He was having little dreams of opening his own bar for rock ‘n’ roll and the next thing you know, he was taking on this bar. That’s what I liked about him. He always had a little something in his heart for it. So that’s what I told my parents.”
It was an unusual story but it gave us a sense of the young man and his aspirations, and it made us think. In a way, we were all young kids then. We were living in a world that was still very much in its infancy, where it was still new. I believe it was that first summer of 1962 when my father and Bill were working together on the business side of things, and it dawned on us that young people like Bill were going after very different things than we did. And that was very exciting.
It wasn’t the first time a rock musical band was successful in America, and it certainly wasn’t the last. But it was also when rock ‘n’ roll broke out. Before that, all that was out there was a lot of pop music that made people feel really good about themselves. And if rock ‘n’ roll had done well, and it did, at least the people who heard it would have a little more confidence in themselves than they might have had otherwise.
And, of course, there were the new bands like the Byrds and the Ramones. Both groups were very, very popular, and both are still incredibly popular and influential. And yet both were very different from what we were playing. The Byrds were more laid-back, very acoustic. And the Ramones were more hard rock, full of rockabilly power chord bends.
And at least in 1962, it was rock and roll in America that was making a big splash. It was all over the newspapers at that time. All the bands were really exciting.
In fact I think we did not really know what rock ‘n’ roll was. I mean, what did it
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