Racializing Rock: The '60s and the White Sounds of 'Pet Sounds'

Racializing Rock: The '60s and the White Sounds of 'Pet Sounds'

By Joshua Friedberg

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock. 27 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

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