What Could Make Him Say This About Rock?

Writing about 20 years ago, cultural analyst and philosopher Allan Bloom held a negative view of the musical style of popular rock music.

Young people know that rock has the beat of sexual intercourse. … But rock music has one appeal only, a barbaric appeal to sexual desire–not love, not eros, but sexual desire undeveloped and untutored.

The Closing of the American Mind

We know he wasn’t mastered by his love for Christian hymnody when he offered this judgment. Why would he say this? And why would contemporary Christians doubt it?

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