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.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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