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Hi Graham Parker

I once wrote an article about the 50 greatest conservative rock songs, and probably more people have read it than anything else I’ve written, and that even includes my profile of George Nethercutt. Anyway, I still hear about the rock songs, and last night a friend emailed me something I hadn’t seen before: Graham Parker’s response to appearing at #30 on the list.

From Kate: 

I’ve loved your music since I first heard it when I was in high school. Today I saw you somewhere I never expected…On National Review’s list of 50 greatest conservative rock songs. When I heard that on NPR, I couldn’t believe it. Any comments?

To Kate:

Ha! That was a hoot, no doubt.

I’ll take publicity that has a touch of the controversial about it any day, so long as it’s not in the nature of something embarrassing like a photo of me bending over with my arse crack showing like a plumber or something.

And this thing seemed to get quite a lot of publicity (I even saw it on CNN).

Most of my publicity is so dull it would make a slug yawn.

At the bottom of the version of the list that I saw, there was also an address to send your nominations for Liberal rock songs. I’ll betcha anything I don’t make that, even though there’s a lot to choose from; let’s start with “Here It Comes Again,” Slash And Burn,” and “Short Memories,” for instance.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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