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Green On Red: Living for Tomorrow

Alan di Perna, BAM, 8 November 1983

FOLK ROCK — that distinctly American, never-quite-homogeneous blend of down-home traditions and youthful rebellion. The acid-ridden stepchild of a bygone decade? A cultural curio? If you think so, you probably haven't heard Green On Red. Their energetic, engaging music has all the classic hallmarks of Sixties folk/psychedelia — ringing six and twelve-string guitars, spiraling organ and piano reminiscent of Al Kooper on Dylan's Blonde On Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited, lyrics that combine hallucinatory visions with enraged social commentary. But for all that, the end result is strangely contemporary. Their roots may be in the past, but the impact of Green On Red is here and now.

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