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 USA within the Fifties, a decade that observed an excellent fight for the regulate of pop culture. Altschuler exhibits, particularly, how rock's "switchblade beat" unfolded huge fissures in American society alongside the fault-lines of kin, sexuality, and race. for example, the start of rock coincided with the Civil Rights circulate 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, so much significantly, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. moreover, 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 fits. And it overjoyed within the separate global of the teen and deepened the divide among the generations, supporting little ones differentiate themselves from others. Altschuler comprises shiny 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 resembling Pat Boone.
Rock 'n roll looked to be in all places throughout the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to these american citizens cause on wishing away all varieties of dissent and clash. As bright because the song itself, All Shook Up finds how rock 'n roll challenged and altered American tradition and laid the root for the social upheaval of the sixties.
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