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The Bowery Beat

Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1983

FROM 1970 ONWARDS, the US rock mainstream grew increasingly staid, predictable and unimaginative. On the surface, the American scene appeared to offer nothing but sleepy West Coast mellowness on the one hand and the mind-numbing sound of arena rock on the other; but in Manhattan at least, a thriving local band scene offered some alternative.

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