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We Know It’s Only Rock N’ Roll But We Like It

Roger Waters’ The Wall, Wells Fargo Center, Last Night by SCOTT COLAN JONATHAN VALANIA FOR THE INQUIRER Thirty years after its release, The Wall still looms large on the cultural horizon, a forbidding totem marking the zenith of rock’s commercial and artistic ascendancy: never before (and probably never again) would a double album of such dark and potent ideas — the brutal profiteering of war, the magnetic allure of suicide, emotional fascism of celebrity — become a mega-selling pop music blockbuster. That it happened once still beggars belief, and yet the album has gone on to sell 11.5 million copies. Still, The Wall ain’t what used to be, literally and figuratively. MORE

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