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Chapter 2 Summary-1 - Chapter 2 Summary Rock: A Canadian...

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Chapter 2 Summary Rock: A Canadian Perspective: pages 40-84 Rock ‘n’ Roll Erupts 1954-1960 Alan Freed (1922-65): first disc jockey to use the term rock ‘n’ roll for commercial purposes. Watched white teenagers line up to buy R&B records of black artists at a record store in downtown Cleveland. He played more R&B records, which he called rock ‘n’ roll records, on his Moon dog Show nighttime radio program. Songs Alan Freed played songs like “ Sixty Minute Man by the Dominoes ” which had lyrics like: “ I rock em, roll em, all night long ”. The terms rocking and rolling can be associated with the sex act . “Jazz” became a perfume for sex trade workers in the turn of the century, which caused it to fade, and rock ‘n’ roll rise. Freed moved to NYC in 1954, continuing to promote black musicians to white audiences. Freed sponsored a show where a black teenager was seen dancing with a white girl , Freed was arrested for anarchy and incitement to riot; after a riot broke out at a revenue he had in Boston. He was prosecuted for payola (paying bribes to disc jockeys to play certain records ), died a few years later with nothing. 1956: Carl Perkins’s (Blue Suede Shoes) and Elvis (Heartbreak Hotel) made chart history by climbing to the upper reaches of country and western, R&B, and pop charts all at the same time. Technology and the Rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll Mid 1950’s: Canadian households had a single radio set, or a single record player located in the living room. These were displaced by television, because they were far away from parent’s eyes, a place where teenagers could listen to the music they wanted. Rise of record players and cheap durable transistor radio sets were on the rise and mid 1950’s half of all Canadian cars were wired for sound. NBC’s “Your Hit Parade”: presented top 7 songs of each week, but once rock and Elvis came into play, Elvis (Hound Dog- 1956) was played on different TV shows weekly, was said to cause the shows demise. Cover Versions and Early Rock ‘n’ Roll “Cover Version ”: commercial and musical phenomenon, practice of recording a song that has previously been recorded by another artist. People usually used it for “cashing” in one someone else’s song if they did not like certain things.
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“Clean teen” or “schlock rock” music both referred to a subgenre of rock ‘n’ roll, popular in the 1950’s which was comprised of sanitized cover versions of R&B songs made by white pop singers.
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course MUSIC 2700 taught by Professor Sanden during the Spring '09 term at UWO.

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