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Perspectives on Ralph J. Gleason

Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, 17 July 1975

RALPH GLEASON got hooked on music when he was a high school kid in Chappaqua, New York, back in the early '30s. You gotta dig the kind of tight-ass gentile town Chappaqua was. If you listened to pop music at all, it was the 'Star-Spangled Banner', but Ralph, I suppose, was destined to become a Yankee weirdo who later on in life would wear Sherlock Holmes hats and plain trenchcoats and never even smoke pot. Didn't he end up the Oliver Wendell Holmes of music critics? I mean, the thing I always liked most about Ralph was that he always made sense. You could believe in him.

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