MUS307 exam 2 - 10/02/06 The 1950's 3 myths about Rock...

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10/02/06 The 1950’s 3 myths about Rock music: -Rock ‘n Roll was not entirely new & didn’t appear out of nowhere -Rock ‘n Roll wasn’t the first music directed at a youth audience -Rock ‘n Roll wasn’t the first time you had mixing of black and white styles. -Mythology of Innovation -Group Identity, allowances (kids worked during WWII, so they got income that they didn’t have before/ conscious that they were a different generation than ever before) -Television -New slang, clothing, music -The 1950’s were an extremely conservative era -racism still a problem/ sexual connotations -McCarthyism 50’s important generation, got involved in the 60’s with music Alan Freed – credited with being the first person to use the term “Rock ‘n Roll” -based out of Cleveland -had a show called the Moondog show -moved in 1954 to WINS -promoted black artists -1957 there was a minor riot at a concert in Boston because Frankie Lyman was seen dancing with a white girl (one of Alan Freed’s program) -Got busted for payola in the 60’s Mitch Miller – kind of a crooner - archenemy of rock n roll music - didn’t understand why rock was important 1950’s “invented the teenager as a commercial and cultural identity (pg 57) “Rock” represents maturation of Baby Boomer generation Big Joe Turner – “Shake Rattle and Roll” – 43 years old nightclub - from K.C. Differences- -Dialect
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-Groove, tempo -Emphasis on Guitars, not horns Bill Haley & Saddlemen -started covering R&B tunes - claimed he invented Rock n Roll -“Rock Around The Clock” first song to be considered a Rock song that hit #1 on the charts -played in the movie “Blackboard Jungle” Electric Guitar -before WWII generally guitar not popular, only acoustic versions -Gibson released first hollow-body electric guitar in 1930’s -the pickup 10/04/06 Electric Guitars -Telecaster -Stratocaster Vacuum Tubes used in amps -SOLID-STATE ELVIS PRESLEY -Born in Tupelo, MS -Influenced by all types of music -Moved to Memphis -Sun Records – Sam Phillips Gave Elvis the label “King of Country Bop” 1955 signed with RCA Victor -Col. Tom Parker – Got Elvis on TV and Movies -Chet Atkins – “Nashville Sound” Hicupping -shuffle -Walkin’ bass line -Two beat bass line
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Chuck Berry -From St. Louis -Played country music TEENAGE LYRICS Maybelline –speed/tempo, chords Little Richard -Flamboyant -Ambiguous Sexuality - (“Omnivore”) -Played piano Buddy Holly -Died in a plane crash over Iowa with Richie Valeus “La Bamba” and some guy called “Big Bopper” 10/06/07 Fats Domino – from New Orleans -100% R&B -accent (New Orleans) -“Blueberry Hill” -6/8 -“I’m Walkin’” Elvis’ Band – Scotty Moore (guitar) Bill Black (upright bass) D.A. Pennebaker (filmmaker) “Rock n Roll Music” (chuck berry) “Keep On Rockin” (Little Richard)
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course MUS 307 taught by Professor Heflin during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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