Hippy, Heavy, Horny, Happy

Ah, the 4hs … Harvey,  god bless ‘im!

Michael writes: “The integration of the more personal and introspective aspects of rock fandom with its more social and communal dimensions is, I think, part of what makes rock music such a powerful and all-embracing force in people’s lives. But what happens when the balance tips too far in either direction? What happens, for example, when we get so immersed in social or “communal revelry”[1] that we lose our grip on what’s going on around us? What happens when we realise that we have drifted away from the shared values that once gave our social activities their drive and energy? ‘Hippy, Heavy, Horny, Happy’ is a pivotal chapter, exploring, as it does, a kind of breakdown and fragmentation of the early idealism that characterised my love of rock music – an idealism that rock music itself fuelled and inspired.”

This general chapter contains brief (and one or two not so brief) references to many bands including: Saxon,  AC/DC, Gong, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Magnum, Korea, Carl Sentance/Persian Risk, Bon Jovi, Manic Street Preachers, Chumbwamba, Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts. There’s also a section on the Monsters of Rock Festival, and a little bit of Wittgenstein thrown in for good measure!


[1] To borrow a phrase of Paul Wilkinson’s from Rat Salad: Black Sabbath the Classic Years 1969-1975 (Pimlico, 2007), p.2

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