Leiber And Stoller, Wesley Yang,
And ‘Their Magic Moment’
To quote Wesley Yang: (my italics wherever they appear)
(Rock and Roll) was the instrument of a revolution in bourgeois manners and mores. What other country would dress its privileged children in the garb of its sharecroppers, (read, Negroes) and coal miners, or school them, three minutes at a time in the sexual mores of the ghetto…
Let us examine this quote in the light of Mr. Yang’s next statement.
You would need people eager to embrace the new (read divisive) able to serve as intermediaries linking black and white, sensitive enough to hear joy where others heard only sqalor, clever enough to hear opportunity where others heard only noise, alive to the mordant humor of the ghetto, heedless of existing prejudices (think Lenny Bruce) and conventions…you needed Jews.
An interesting description of Judaism and its goals. As I have said rock and roll would have evolved without Jews but in different directions. Jews weren’t needed for anything but as Mr. Yang candidly confesses, rock and roll in the hands of the Jews was an instrument of social revolution. As he says Jews wielded that instrument to further their own interests at the expense of everyone else. Toward what end did Jews use their intrument? Mr. Yang answers, to destroy bourgeois manners and mores. Here bourgeois is a code word for White. How did the Jews attack White manners and mores? By linking up with the ghetto morals of Blacks in three minute barrages undermining White sexual mores to be replaced by (it is implied) destructive and debased Negro and Jewish mores. Mr. Yang makes it plain.
Let us remember that Negroes wrote few of the lyrics to their songs. The content of the lyrics was provided by Jews such as Leiber and Stoller, Doc Pomus, Goffin and King and numerous others.
So, as Mr. Yang says, Jews were those people ‘who could operate at the bloody crossroads where commerce, art and social change were converging.’ That is, where Jews were directing them. One has only to think of the career of the despicable Lenny Bruce to see how true Mr. Yang’s perception of events is.
It is even more remarkable that Jews are now prepared to confess how they managed the corruption of American society. Perhaps they think the job is done and they are the victors. But there you have it from Wesley Yang and the editors of Tablet Magazine.