“Helter Skelter” et l'héritage polémique des années 1960

Abstract : In the late sixties rock music was typically seen as an important aspect of the revolutionary counterculture ; but the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ was ambivalently received, amidst allegations of reactionary nostalgia. The song ‘Helter Skelter’ was difficult to classify at the time; its subsequent associations with cult murderers the Manson Family made it notorious. Largely overlooked for several years, the few early covers usually rendered it as hard rock. Later, more generically diverse and deviant renditions would reinflect the song as a critique of the sixties’ countercultural project. Patterns of reclamation and contestation have made covers of the song a telling index of revisionist attitudes to the 1960s and their legacies.
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Gerald Carlin, Mark Jones, Jedediah Sklower. “Helter Skelter” et l'héritage polémique des années 1960. Volume ! La revue des musiques populaires, 2012, pp.33-49. ⟨10.4000/volume.3403⟩. ⟨hal-02189259⟩

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