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Putting Rock Music in Its Social Context

Simon Frith is a rock critic and sociologist. He believes the genre has been emptied of its rebellious spirit, and is often sanitized or commercialized by the corporations that distribute it. Yet recent developments in rock have some benefits: its globlalization has allowed for the participation of lesser known, international artists; music videos have the untapped potential for further artistic expression.

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Other segments from the episode on October 14, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 14, 1988: Interview with Simon Frith; Commentary on classic swing tunes; Interview with Octavio Paz; Review of the film "Gorillas in the Mist."

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