From the fantastic article on Neal Cassady linked in the last post:
On the Road spread its message of Natural Joy – that “life is holy and every moment is precious” – through a late-Fifties America that encouraged in its citizens insidious paranoia, distrust of one’s neighbors (who might be Communist spies or perverts or beatnik drug addicts), and fear of one’s own heart’s desire.
- American runners are getting slower, on average – the result of a decrease in overall health.
- The 15th century was the most interesting century.
- The secret to success is more friends.
It’s worth it. Some pointers, from Wikipedia:
- Marsh credits Presley with the introduction of the “vocal stutter” on 1955’s “Baby Let’s Play House.”
- When on “Don’t Be Cruel” Presley “slides into a ‘mmmmm’ that marks the transition between the first two verses,” he shows “how masterful his relaxed style really is.”