Most of the time, L'Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Vatican City, publishes news about the Vatican's day-to-day operations and rad new encyclicals (I wonder if they have a gossip section). But in an apparent effort to reach out to younger readers/parishioners/converts, they have listed their top ten albums of all time. It's a bit of a 180 from the establishment's previously staid stance on rock & roll (although Pope Benedict XVI's predecessor, John Paul II, was known to hang out with rock stars on occasion. And so we get a "semi-serious" look at the best of rock & roll, courtesy of the Vatican:
A Google Maps Essay, in Which George Plimpton Delivers My Belated and Well-Deserved Comeuppance by Dinty W. Moore First published in The Normal School, January 2010: http://thenormalschool.com/ . 17,051 views – Public Created on Jun 12, 2009 – Updated Jan 21
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