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 a superb fight for the regulate of pop culture. Altschuler indicates, specifically, how rock's "switchblade beat" spread out extensive fissures in American society alongside the fault-lines of kinfolk, sexuality, and race. for example, the beginning of rock coincided with the Civil Rights circulate and taken "race song" into many white houses for the 1st time. Elvis freely credited blacks with originating the track he sang and a few of the good early rockers have been African American, so much significantly, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. moreover, rock celebrated romance and intercourse, rattled the reticent by way of pushing sexuality into the general public area, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with paintings of guys in grey flannel matches. And it extremely joyful within the separate international of the teen and deepened the divide among the generations, supporting young children differentiate themselves from others. Altschuler comprises brilliant biographical sketches of the nice 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 corresponding to Pat Boone.
Rock 'n roll appeared to be in every single place in the course of the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to these americans motive on wishing away all types of dissent and clash. As brilliant because the tune itself, All Shook Up unearths how rock 'n roll challenged and altered American tradition and laid the basis for the social upheaval of the sixties.
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All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Glenn C. Altschuler