For divergent opinions, two links :
1/ if you are in a hurry :
Dick Clark, "the oldest living teenager" has died at the age of 82. I never fully understood his appeal, but I remember my grandfather truly disliked him. My grandfather blamed Clark for ruining music and being involved in payola in the 1950s. It is where Clark first made his fortune...
2/ if you don't :
A lengthy article by Ben Fong-Torres : Dick Clark: 20 Years of Clearasil Rock, Rolling Stone's 1973 interview with the 'American Bandstand' creator