Mom's Rock 'n' Roll "Warning Book" Backfired

My mom warned me about rock 'n' roll. She said it was a bad influence and a crazy lifestyle. Overflowing with sex, drugs, partying, and lots of other things God didn't dig. She said stay away at all costs.

So I made a career out of it.

No, really. Not only did I not heed my caring mother's warning, I embraced rock 'n' roll with a passion and went directly down the road that she told me to avoid. I'm still on it.

I was reminded about this decision a couple of years ago thanks to the help of my friend Buddha at Changing Hands Bookstore (our neighbor at Hoodlums). She unknowingly brought over the book that my mom had once attempted to use as a "warning manual" about rock 'n' roll:

Rock: Practical Help for Those Who Listen to the Words and Don't Like What They Hear by Bob Larson.

See also: - Record Store Geek: Five Signs That You Might Be a Music Junkie - Parent Hood: A Profanity Lesson with Grandma and Frank Zappa

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