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Footnote Archives: The Vipers paved the way for British pop

The dominant domestic musical form in Britain through the late 1950s, skiffle is one of the best-known but least understood terms in all of rock ’n’ roll history. The simplistic vision of a handful of reformed folkies bashing out borrowed dustbowl epics on an array of household implements — broomstick bass, washboard percussion, granny’s elasticized corset — is, of course, rooted in some form of fact. But it went beyond that, then and now.