Right Rock

by John J. Miller on June 1, 2014

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The new culture website Liberty Island has reprinted my old list of conservative rock songs. I wrote a short intro for it:

“On the money.” That’s what Pete Townshend of The Who said nearly eight years ago when a reporter asked him to comment on National Review’s choice of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as the greatest conservative rock song. “When people say ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ is not about rebellion, it’s the exact opposite of that, I say they’re right,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Then he added that he never bought into “all that hippie [expletive] I so despise.”
I’ve possibly never had more fun in journalism than I had in compiling this list of conservative rock songs for National Review–and making the point that certain ideas about freedom and tradition can show up in the unlikeliest places. If nothing else, I hope that Liberty Island’s republication of the list gives us an occasion, in the words of a windmill-guitar-playing poet, to “smile and grin.”


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