How Ryan Adams is making me rethink my rock collection

From rock’s early days, when Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year old cousin, to John Lennon crooning about wife-beating on the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” right up to the Adams story, there is a certain nauseating through-line in many of the bands and singers generally considered the best in the business. It makes me wonder how there has not, yet, been a more widespread #MeToo reckoning in the wider world of rock ‘n’ roll, which, since its inception, has been glaringly open about its disdain for, and love of abusing, women.

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