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Old Embers for New Torches: The Marxist Minstrels - A Handbook on Communist Subversion of Music
By Fritz Spencer
Mar 6, 2009 - 10:42:12 AM

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A review of The Marxist Minstrels - A Handbook on Communist Subversion of Music, by David A. Noebel

The Marxist Minstrels - A Handbook on Communist Subversion of Music
After moving into my new office last year, I discovered a campaign button, left behind by a dedicated conservative political activist who now works for pro-family and pro-life causes in Augusta. Few campaign buttons express thoughts of lasting value, but this impressive button displays the remarkable observation by the philosopher Schopenhauer regarding the fate of ideas in democratic society. The button reads "All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third it is accepted as being self evident."

The ridicule is of course much more intense when one attacks a sacred cow like Rock and Roll. Rock music is much more than a musical genre. It is a political and social institution which buttresses and upholds what America has become as a civilization. For that reason, Rock music is sacrosanct to many.

Rock and Roll has invited a number of interesting theories by those on the right. Yet the claim made by David Noebel in "The Marxist Minstrels" is so curious, the purported scheme so diabolical, as to meet with disbelief even from die-hard conspiracy theorists. Noebel, a professor of Biblical Studies, made the claim that Rock and Roll was introduced by Communists in the 1950s to undermine American society.

It was Noebel's contention that Rock music promotes social decay and left-wing radicalism by opening the subconscious mind to suggestion. That the wrong type of music damages the mind and body has been known for ages. The Greek physician Galen wrote that bad music "damages the material substratum of the soul;" and Plato wrote that a certain type of music could be used to cause insanity.

According to Noebel, the use of two conflicting rhythms, one of them a syncopated beat, sets up conflicting impulses in the listener, and immediately induces neurosis. A message introduced during the conflicting rhythm is accepted uncritically by the listener.

The effect is to impair or destroy the reasoning process, much like a primitive war club smashed repeatedly against a Swiss time piece.

Nobel writes that the first assault on American young people was a series of records put out by a Communist front group in New York City, which induced a hypnotic trance in kindergartners. As astonishing as this claim is, Noebel gives ample documentation in the book to prove his claim.

It is an indisputable historical fact that Rock, and other musical genres which use a syncopated beat, including Rhythm and Blues, Swing, or even Bluegrass, have their ultimate origin in voodoo, or voodoo-like rituals, which seek to invoke the presence of demons. For this reason, Rock and Roll was once vigorously opposed by conservative Christians.

Noebel gives many examples of the destructive messages contained in the lyrics of Rock and Roll songs. It is now accepted among mainstream conservative commentators that the song "Imagine" by John Lennon contains the core Marxist message of atheism, pacifism, and shared property. Noebel also carefully documents how Rock and Roll deliberately encourages promiscuity and a shameful disrespect for women. (For example, the song "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog.")

Noebel would have been interested to see how Country and Western music has been made over to include a syncopated beat, dissonance, and animalistic wailing. The careful listener will hear how many allegedly "Country and Western" songs use the same techniques Noebel describes, that is, two opposing rhythms and the introduction of a harmful message - which is often an invitation to violence, promiscuity, or drug and alcohol use.

No matter what one's perspective on Rock, whether religious or political, by the end of Pastor Noebel's book, many readers will be convinced that Rock and Roll is indeed Public Enemy Number One. It should be a cause for deep shame that Rock music is accepted in almost all of our Christian churches.

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