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All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America

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ISBN: 9780195177497
Author(s): Glenn C. Altschuler
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 155 x 234 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 226
Series: Pivotal Moments in American History

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The birth of rock 'n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy—one critic called it "musical riots put to a switchblade beat"—but if it generated much sound and fury, what, if anything, did it signify?
As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock 'n roll—and the outraged reception to it—in fact can tell us a lot about the values of the United States in the 1950s, a decade that saw a great struggle for the control of popular culture. Altschuler shows, in particular, how rock's "switchblade beat" opened up wide fissures in American society along the fault-lines of family, sexuality, and race. For instance, the birth of rock coincided with the Civil Rights movement and brought "race music" into many white homes for the first time. Elvis freely credited blacks with originating the music he sang and some of the great early rockers were African American, most notably, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In addition, rock celebrated romance and sex, rattled the reticent by pushing sexuality into the public arena, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with work of men in gray flannel suits. And it delighted in the separate world of the teenager and deepened the divide between the generations, helping teenagers differentiate themselves from others. Altschuler includes vivid bi
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