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By Glenn C. Altschuler

The delivery of rock 'n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy--one critic known 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 finds 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 Nineteen Fifties, a decade that observed an exceptional fight for the keep watch over of pop culture. Altschuler exhibits, particularly, how rock's "switchblade beat" unfolded huge fissures in American society alongside the fault-lines of relatives, sexuality, and race. for example, the start of rock coincided with the Civil Rights circulation and taken "race track" into many white houses for the 1st time. Elvis freely credited blacks with originating the tune 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 way of pushing sexuality into the general public area, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with paintings of guys in grey flannel fits. And it thrilled within the separate international of the teen and deepened the divide among the generations, supporting children differentiate themselves from others. Altschuler contains vibrant 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 through the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to these american citizens purpose on wishing away all sorts 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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