The Negative Dialectics of the Summer of Love

essay on frank zappa’s album we’re only in it for the money for the usih blog’s summer of love roundtable.

It was fifty years ago today (roughly) Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Many, therefore, justifiably might turn to The Beatles’ groundbreaking art-rock album to make sense of the history of the Summer of Love….Not everyone was convinced. There were other sounds besides Sgt. Pepper being concocted in 1967, other pop music masterpieces, sensibilities, and cultural stances—even, we might say, intellectual positions…..One album that was in direct conversation with Sgt. Pepper was the remarkable LP We’re Only In It For the Money….[read more]



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