The latest study which `proves' rock n' roll is bad for you contends that the beat and rhythm of the music itself causes learning disabilities, affects perception, and disrupts worker productivity. Dr. John Diamond of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine finds two principal' problems with rock music. "One is stopped rhythm," he told Geoffrey Pre-court in the Boston Herald, "The music ends after every bar. There's a heavy emphasis on the stop. Then, it suddenly starts up again. The music has no real flow. The second characteristic is the beat itself . .. it is the exact opposite of your natural beat. My theory is: When your body reacts badly to the sound of rock, it sets off an alarm mechanism, suggesting that something has gone wrong with your heart. When the alarm goes off, your muscles weaken. Your energy level drops." Dr. Diamond claims that it is the backwards beat in rock which is responsible for this, a beat which characterizes about half of all rock music. He further claims that there are studies which show that when one factory turned rock off, there was more productivity.
OF THE YEAR
The heart-break record collector of the year award has to go to Clarence Browne of Roslyn Estates, Long Island, whose sad saga became news fit to print in the New York Times. It seems that the 51-year-old welfare recipient, who gave away most of his 5120,000 inheritance, has 750,000 records in his house—and he is facing eviction. "They are everywhere," reports The Times, "in piles on the floor, in the refrigerator, on tables, on the fireplace mantle, in cartons." Browne refuses to give them to a museum, saying that "They're the only things I have left in life." So the poor man has been reduced to sitting in the cold of his unheated, dilapidated home, playing his records on a battery operated record player. He was asked if the cold would not ruin his collection.
His response: "People say that records get brittle but they don't. They are inanimate until you put a phonograph needle on them, and then they come alive."
And that's news.