By Glenn C. Altschuler

The start of rock 'n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy--one critic referred to as it "musical riots positioned to a switchblade beat"--but if it generated a lot sound and fury, what, if something, did it signify?

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 in regards to the values of the us within the Fifties, a decade that observed a good fight for the keep an eye on of pop culture. Altschuler exhibits, specifically, how rock's "switchblade beat" unfolded broad fissures in American society alongside the fault-lines of relations, sexuality, and race. for example, the delivery of rock coincided with the Civil Rights circulation and taken "race tune" into many white houses for the 1st time. Elvis freely credited blacks with originating the tune he sang and a few of the good 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 way of pushing sexuality into the general public enviornment, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with paintings of guys in grey flannel fits. And it overjoyed within the separate global of the teen and deepened the divide among the generations, assisting young 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 akin to Pat Boone.

Rock 'n roll in every single place throughout the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to these american citizens motive on wishing away all sorts of dissent and clash. As shiny because the track itself, All Shook Up unearths how rock 'n roll challenged and altered American tradition and laid the root for the social upheaval of the sixties.

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