By Glenn C. Altschuler
As Glenn Altschuler unearths in All Shook Up, the increase of rock 'n roll--and the outraged reception to it--in truth can let us know much concerning the values of the U.S. within the Nineteen Fifties, a decade that observed an outstanding fight for the keep watch over of pop culture. Altschuler indicates, particularly, how rock's "switchblade beat" unfolded broad fissures in American society alongside the fault-lines of family members, sexuality, and race. for example, the start of rock coincided with the Civil Rights flow and taken "race track" into many white houses for the 1st time. Elvis freely credited blacks with originating the track he sang and a few of the nice early rockers have been African American, such a lot particularly, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. additionally, rock celebrated romance and intercourse, rattled the reticent by means of pushing sexuality into the general public enviornment, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with paintings of fellows in grey flannel matches. And it overjoyed within the separate international of the teen and deepened the divide among the generations, assisting young children differentiate themselves from others. Altschuler contains brilliant biographical sketches of the good rock 'n rollers, together with Elvis Presley, fat Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and blood brother Holly--plus their white-bread doppelgangers akin to Pat Boone.
Rock 'n roll appeared to be all over throughout the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to these americans reason on wishing away all types of dissent and clash. As brilliant because the tune itself, All Shook Up finds how rock 'n roll challenged and adjusted American tradition and laid the root for the social upheaval of the sixties.
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