Maybe this explains my own obsession, most recently expressed in my new book on how Truman and the military sabotaged the first movie on the Bomb. This from a 2011 Rolling Stone interview.
With the atom bomb, man – suddenly, and for the first time – had the power to utterly destroy mankind.
I think so. I’m sure that fueled all aspects of society. I know it gave
rise to the music we were playing. If you look at all these early
performers, they were atom-bomb-fueled. Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Buddy
Holly, Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran . . .
How were they atom-bomb-fueled?
They were fast and furious, their songs were all on the edge. Music was
never like that before, Lyrically, you had the blues singers, but Ma
Rainey wasn’t singing about the stuff that Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee
were singing about, nobody was singing with that type of fire and
destruction. They paid a heavy price for that, because obviously the
older generation took notice and kind of got rid of them as quickly as
they could recognize them. Jerry Lee got ostracized, Chuck Berry went to
jail, Elvis, of course, we know what happened to him. Buddy Holly in a
plane crash, Little Richard, all that stuff . . .
Then, in this new record, you’re still dealing with the cultural effects of the bomb?
I think so.