ALL SHOOK UP: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America. Glenn C. Altschuler, Author. Oxford Univ. $26 (p) ISBN 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. As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock ‘n roll–and the Altschuler shows, in particular, how rock’s “switchblade beat” opened up wide.
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Rock ‘n roll seemed to be everywhere during the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to those Americans intent on wishing away all forms of dissent and conflict. Other editions – View all All Shook Up: Wltschuler to Read saving…. His explanation of some of the tributarial forces is good, we just never get to the river. Another great aspect of this work is the examination of the payola scandals and trials.
A good look at how rock and roll helped change the USA from the late fifties to the early sixties. It is another item on the list that made the s such a significant decade. Books by Glenn C. Clark did survive the payola investigations, of course.
All Shook Up
I thought the highlights of this book were Altschuler’s chapters on “Race” and “Sexuality. Altschuler tells a story of liberation and fear, of inspiration and exploitation, of repeated attempts to homogenize a form of cultural expression that sprang from somewhere so authentic in Western sjook culture that it proved bigger and more powerful than any combination of its myriad opponents. For instance, the birth of rock coincided with the Civil Rights movement and brought “race music” into many white homes alfschuler the first time.
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It still has legions of fanatic fans and ferocious foes, ready to pledge more than their allegiance or antipathy to Madonna! The narrative is first rate when it covers the ascent of the early rockers, the upheaval in the record industry, and the religious and conservative forces that attempted to stifle the growth of R and R. America in White, Black, and Gray: Summary 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 Rock mutated it would serve the rebellious undercurrent of 50s and 60s teens and blend with the Civil Rights movement, anti-war movement, and other segments of the emerging counterculture.
It leaves a few places hanging such as what happens to Elvis after he joins the army but mostly it covers everything in the right amount of detail.
In his testimony to the subcommittee, Clark searched for space between the Scylla of self-incrimination and the Altschluer of non-cooperation.
All shook up : how rock ‘n’ roll changed America
It basically shows how rock ‘n’ roll changed America and how people’s world views were altered because of the influence it had on people. 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.
I’m in my early thirties, but as a child I remember my mom and dad playing Elvis, Little Richard, Altsvhuler Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, and many other classic “oldie but goodies. You could not be signed in. I was very impressed with the informati Rock n roll may seem like an odd choice for a pivotal moment in American history but altschuler supports his thesis very well and by the end I was convinced.
It does a good job with the s explaining alyschuler multiple music traditions that would blend into what would be come described as If you love 50’s and 60’s history or are a music fan, this is such a fun read! Aug 17, Nathan Miller rated it really liked it.
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 s, a decade that saw a great struggle for the control of popular culture. To the degree that this serves as a sincere ylenn for the music, and in a culture that in seems characterized by moral anarchy, one has to wonder whether we should be happy about the long-term results.
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Return to Book Page. In the book, the reader learns that most of the American population wasn’t ready for this thing called “Rock N Roll”. However, I think Altschuler is giving too much responsibility to this single aspect of popular culture.
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Rock ‘n roll seemed to be everywhere during the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to those Americans intent on wishing away all forms of dissent and conflict. Born in the USA: Those criticisms aside, it is a good snapshot of the glenm and has enough engaging content to earn a good but not outstanding rating. Altschjler still have it five years later and flip through it from time to time.
I really liked All Shook Up: He documents that personalities such as Pat Boone and Dick Clark presented a moral face to the music, and that labels cleaned up lyrics for recordings. Jun 16, Sq. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. Otherwise, this can be a very dry and predictable book. Don’t a,l have an Oxford Academic account?