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Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage ; Richard and Linda Thompson: Sunnyvista

Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 1979

ROCK AND ROLL survives on an illusion of dynamism built upon critical inertia, upon endlessly repeated truths such as the oft-heard oppositions of 'old/new wave' and 'fun/serious' music.

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