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50s Rock and Roll

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  • 1.  
  • 2.
    • Teen Culture
  • 3. Teens: An Independent subculture
    • Teen population: 13 million
    • Total income: $7 billion a year
    • $10.55 a week
    • “ Rock and roll” spoke to teens’ style, slang, love, independence from parents
  • 4. Technology
  • 5. New Technology
    • Transistor radio
    The only regret I have about the transistor is its use for rock and roll.” --Walter Brattain, inventor of the transistor
  • 6. New Technology
    • Portable record players
  • 7. New Technology
    • 45s
  • 8. New Technology
    • TV
  • 9. The Promoters
  • 10. Alan Freed
    • Cleveland disc jockey; “Moondog”
    • Coins the term “rock and roll”
  • 11.  
  • 12. Dick Clark
    • Hosted the popular show “American Bandstand”—aired daily at 3:30
  • 13.
    • The Rock Stars
  • 14. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Maybellene Chuck Berry
  • 15.  
  • 16. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Tutti Frutti Little Richard
  • 17.  
  • 18. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Pat Boone
  • 19.  
  • 20. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Sh-Boom Chords/Crew Cuts
  • 21.  
  • 22. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire
  • 23.  
  • 24. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Wake Up Little Susie The Everly Brothers
  • 25.  
  • 26. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and the Comets
  • 27.  
  • 28.
    • “ Before Elvis, there was nothing.”
    • --John Lennon
  • 29.
    • “ Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force of the 20 th century.”
    • --Leonard Bernstein
  • 30.  
  • 31.  
  • 32.  
  • 33.  
  • 34. “ the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons.” –Frank Sinatra Time magazine likened rock concerts to Hitler’s mass meetings “ a menace to morals” – Music Journal J. Edgar Hoover called it “a corrupting influence”
  • 35.  
  • 36. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Hound Dog Elvis Presley
  • 37.  
  • 38. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
  • 39.  
  • 40. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles All Shook Up Elvis Presley
  • 41. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles That’ll Be the Day Buddy Holly
  • 42.  
  • 43. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles La Bamba Ritchie Valens
  • 44.  
  • 45. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Chantilly Lace The Big Bopper
  • 46.  
  • 47. Don McLean memorializes this crash— “the day the music died”—in his song “American Pie.”
  • 48. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Tequilla The Champs
  • 49.  
  • 50. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles There Goes My Baby The Drifters
  • 51.  
  • 52. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Only You The Platters
  • 53.  
  • 54. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
  • 55.  
  • 56. 50’s Playlist Artists and Titles Artists and Titles Ricky Nelson
  • 57.  
  • 58.
    • Rock and Roll’s Obstacles in the late 1950s
  • 59.  
  • 60.  
  • 61.  
  • 62. Payola Scandal