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A pause to consider the utopian vision of David Lee Roth

Posted by Christopher Shea  September 17, 2010 09:46 AM

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The ever-present threat of terrorism (and its bloody actuality in Afghanistan), political ill will domestically (a major U.S. business magazine argues that the President is an anti-colonialist Kenyan proxy!?), murderous floods in Pakistan. Sometimes it can all be almost too much to bear. In such times, many citizens find it useful to step back and listen to artists, musical or otherwise, who sketch a better world--artists like John Lennon or ... David Lee Roth.

Granted, conservatives have long complained that, to them, Lennon's "Imagine" represents a grim, leveling, Godless vision; a dystopia rather than a utopia. So perhaps it is Diamond Dave who is better positioned to heal our psychic and civic wounds, minus the political baggage.

Via the Facebook page for Performance Today, a classical-music radio show that is produced and distributed nationally by American Public Media.

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