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May 11, 2008 Optional Film: Mister Rock and Roll Professor Washington The Role Father and King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Popularization of Black Popular Music What is “Rock and Roll”? It was a form of music popular in the 1940s. The origins of the genre lie in Folk, Jazz and Blues—Rhythm and Blues. This type of music was often associated with blacks, and often termed “race records.” A term coined by Alan Freed, he meant “Rock and Roll” to mean a new style of music, he says “[it] is a river of music that has absorbed many streams.” He calls himself the “father of rock and roll.” But the “King of Rock and Roll” was Elvis Presley. Both were able to introduce a, once all black genre of music, to white listeners. Alan Freed became well known in 1945 as a radio disk jockey. He was important at this time because he did not discriminate in his selection of music. He enjoyed playing a variety of genres and often showed preferential treatment to the African American artists. However, in
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