Quotation by W. T. Lhamon

Compare the history of the novel to that of rock 'n' roll. Both started out a minority taste, became a mass taste, and then splintered into several subgenres. Both have been the typical cultural expressions of classes and epochs. Both started out aggressively fighting for their share of attention, novels attacking the drama, the tract, and the poem, rock attacking jazz and pop and rolling over classical music.
W. T. Lhamon, U.S. educator, critic. "Material Differences," Deliberate Speed: The Origins of a Cultural Style in the American 1950s, Smithsonian (1990).
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