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Reaganized Rock: The 1983 Beach Boys Ban and the U.S. Culture Wars




List of Authors: Kolehmainen Pekka M.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Popular Music and Society

Volume number: 44

Issue number: 3

Number of pages: 18

ISSN: 0300-7766

eISSN: 1740-1712

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2020.1712104

URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2020.1712104

Self-archived copy’s web address: https://research.utu.fi/converis/portal/detail/Publication/46692054


Abstract

In 1983, Ronald Reagan’s Interior Secretary, James Watt, decided that rock bands would not perform at the Independence Day celebration that year because they would “attract unwanted elements.” With the Beach Boys having played the event in the past, Watt suffered a backlash even from Reagan himself. In this article, I analyze the media discussions on the ideological undercurrents of how rock was defined as an idea by different people involved. I track rock’s transformation from being a target of a culture war, to the terrain for such a struggle, and finally to a tool for demonstrating ideological allegiances.


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