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The Raging River Pulled Them Down...

I see that an American Indian tribe is purchasing the Hard Rock Cafe franchise.

At first I had a hard time coming to terms with this. I mean, what do Native Americans have in common with the history of rock and roll? After some reflection, I realized the tangible and significant impact Native American culture has had on the history of the music.

For example, in the early days of the genre, Johnny Preston, with some backup from the Big Bopper, sang the sad saga of Running Bear. The British guitar group The Shadows popularized Apache with its driving beat, and a few years later (Paul Revere and) the Raiders scored with a similarly relentless bassline in their minor-key classic, Cherokee Nation. The Cowsills' effervescent bubblegum effort Indian Lake is equally unforgettable . And of course there was Larry Verne, with Please Mister Custer.

So, yeah, I guess it makes sense. And the tribe is paying close to a billion dollars, so I'm sure they know what they're doing.

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