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On this day 57 years ago, the city of Santa Cruz, California, banned public performances of rock & roll music as “detrimental to both the health and morals of our youth and community.” The precipitating event to this rather dramatically Pyrrhic victory over degenerate be-bop gyrations was a performance by Chuck Higgins and His Orchestra. Here’s Chuck many years later performing his big hit “Pachuko Hop” in London.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.