Break on Through

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Break on Through

How do you make music for pleasure, while acknowledging that pleasure is not all there is? In the face of an emergent drug culture, slippery sexual politics, racial inequality and war, the trick for rockers of the late ‘60s was to learn how to temper good-times hedonism with real reflection. For Creedence Clearwater Revival, that meant offering up both a rolling ode to the working-man (“Proud Mary”) and a down-home denunciation of elite privilege (“Fortunate Son”). The Who broadened its horizons with the long-form narrative and orchestral complexity of its rock-opera Tommy, and still came away with pop-pulse hits like “Pinball Wizard,” and the Zombies gave groove-oriented jazz sophistication to their slinky come-on, on a ripe and ready “Time of the Season.”

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