From The Research Vault: Have yourself a merry atheist Christmas! By Penn Jillette, CNN, 2012

From The Research Vault: Have yourself a merry atheist Christmas! By Penn Jillette, CNN, 2012

 

 From The Research Vault: Have yourself a merry atheist Christmas! By Penn Jillette, CNN, 2012

 

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The Monkees were on TV. They appealed to the broadest audience possible. The Monkees were sanitized. My mom and dad would watch the Monkees with me, and other than their stupid haircuts, Mom and Dad weren’t bothered much by the Pre-fab Four.

Mom and Dad bought me Monkees records. I read Monkees interviews and through them, learned about a guy named Jimi Hendrix who was their opening act in cities I couldn’t get to. I saw Frank Zappa of the Mothers of Invention on the Monkees TV show and in their movie, “Head,” and soon I’d moved from the innocuous to full blown dangerous rock ‘n’ roll. Things that are for everyone sometimes suck us into things that aren’t for everyone.

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