Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

spacer

On Order

$19.99
New Trade Paper
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse Music- Rock History

This title in other editions

All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America (Pivotal Moments in American History)

by

All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America (Pivotal Moments in American History) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The birth of rock 'n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy--one critic called it "musical riots put to a switchblade beat"--but if it generated much sound and fury, what, if anything, did it signify?

As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock 'n roll--and the outraged reception to it--in fact can tell us a lot about the values of the United States in the 1950s, a decade that saw a great struggle for the control of popular culture. Altschuler shows, in particular, how rock's "switchblade beat" opened up wide fissures in American society along the fault-lines of family, sexuality, and race. For instance, the birth of rock coincided with the Civil Rights movement and brought "race music" into many white homes for the first time. Elvis freely credited blacks with originating the music he sang and some of the great early rockers were African American, most notably, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In addition, rock celebrated romance and sex, rattled the reticent by pushing sexuality into the public arena, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with work of men in gray flannel suits. And it delighted in the separate world of the teenager and deepened the divide between the generations, helping teenagers differentiate themselves from others. Altschuler includes vivid biographical sketches of the great rock 'n rollers, including Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly--plus their white-bread doppelgangers such as Pat Boone.

Rock 'n roll seemed to be everywhere during the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to those Americans intent on wishing away all forms of dissent and conflict. As vibrant as the music itself, All Shook Up reveals how rock 'n roll challenged and changed American culture and laid the foundation for the social upheaval of the sixties.

About the Author

Glenn Altschuler is Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies and Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at Cornell University. He is the author of several books on American history and popular culture, including Changing Channels: America in TV Guide.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195177497
Author:
Altschuler, Glenn C.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Glenn C.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
Music
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
History, American | Cultural
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Rock music -- United States.
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 0.8 in 0.7 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan,... Used Trade Paper $3.95
  2. Blues People: Negro Music in White... Used Trade Paper $7.50
  3. Rolling Stone Illustrated History of... Used Trade Paper $15.95
  4. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life... Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. The Marble Faun: Or, the Romance of... Used Trade Paper $4.50
  6. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on...
    Used Trade Paper $11.50

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock » History
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock » Reference and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America (Pivotal Moments in American History) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$19.99 Backorder
Product details 240 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195177497 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.