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Grand Funk Railroad: The Band that Killed Rock 'n' Roll

Ira Robbins, salon.com, 10 April 2000

AMONG CULTURAL HISTORIANS, it has long been an article of faith that the '60s dream died in an ugly bar fight at Altamont Speedway in December 1969. Given the evidence, it's not a bad guess. After all, the Rolling Stones' well-intentioned fiasco proved that rock 'n' roll wasn't about good vibes and peace (man) and made it clear that the Woodstock nation was far better equipped to destroy itself than to take on any nebulous "establishment". Within a year, superstars would start overdosing like flies, the Beatles would sue one another and Don McLean would write 'American Pie'. How much more habeas corpus do you need?

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