The LOST TAPES: History of Rock and Roll



Here’s something different. This is  a recording of me reciting my poem


With Pet Dog Guitar accompaniment. Done in the BEATS performance poetry style.  More fun than great acting – I assure you! Let me hear what you think.



Listen to this link,  as you read along


History of Rock and Roll – part one and two






Springing from boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues

with a dose of gospel church, country, and folk,

begins our story of Teenage Rock and Roll.


Elvis singing black shook the button up-ed herd.

And Bill Haley toured Europe playing Freed’s new word.

And out of the cities came three pioneers:

Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard – queer.


Jerry Lee Lewis married young and dropped away.

Ray Charles blindly sang out ‘What did I say?’

And Orbison wore shades for those Dion in flames:

Eddie Cochran in a car, Buddy Holly in a plane.


And doowop groups harmonizing on the corner

Leaning ‘gainst a wall of sound by quirky Phil Spector,

Singing Goffen/King or Leiber/Stoller.


And teen girl trios chasing teen boy idols:

Bobby Darin, Phil and Don, and Ricky from the cathode,

Twisting to the American ‘Philly” Bandstand Show.


(fade out)

(fade in)




Berry Gordy in Detroit got the ‘Mo’ jo working:

Supreme Marvin Gaye, Smokey Temptations.

And down in the south Stax of hits:

Otis and Aretha both looking for ‘ R-E-S-P-E-C-T’.

James Brown the King and Wilson Pickett.


Beach Boys on the west, 4 Seasons on the east,

Dylan plays folk as across the sea

The Beatles, mop tops, lead the second wave.


Soon the Rolling Stones and Animals cross the sea:

Hollies, The Who, Van Morrison, and The Kinks,

(Dave Clark 5, Herman’s Hermits for the Teens)

And the Yardbirds with their guitar wizard three.


Back in the states, Bob plugs in and they boo!

Joni, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the ‘Spoon’,

S and G graduating with a rhymin’ tune.


And California’s a banana that everybody’s smoking

Lit by the fire of the L.A. Doors.

And psychedelic Grateful Dead dropping acid

Posters under black lights or flickering strobes.


And a Papa’s got the Cream of the crop at Monterrey

Where Janis Joplin sings about a ball and a chain.

Woodstock, Haight, and “The Summer of Love”.

Sly Creedence to Young Rascal, San-tan-a,

And Jimi opens up for the Monkees playing live –

Too much to take, eight miles high.


Green, Deep Purple, Moody Blue and Pink Floyd,

The beat’s out of sync, Yoko and the boys.

The apple turns rotten, not Eve but vinegar.

The Beatles break up , Rock and Roll ends here.



Tom Hendricks

(editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)


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2 Responses to “The LOST TAPES: History of Rock and Roll”

  1. Kathryn Sky Tomlinson Says:

    Love it ❤ Thanks for all you have done to observe and preserve art and music of our time, Tom. You are indeed a historian and artist.

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