ALL SHOOK UP: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America. Glenn C. Altschuler, Author. Oxford Univ. $26 (p) ISBN 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. As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock ‘n roll–and the Altschuler shows, in particular, how rock’s “switchblade beat” opened up wide.

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ALL SHOOK UP: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America

The payola scandal involved record companies, radio stations, and the biggest non-musician stars of the era, disc jockeys. A bit predictable, but However, I think Altschuler is giving too much responsibility to this single aspect of popular culture. Oxford University PressAug 7, – History – pages. All Shook Up looked closely at the generational divide that existed during this era.

It started during the civil rights movement and invented the term “race music”. He sees rock as “a metaphor for integration,” as the focal point for anxiety that cultural life in the U. This glnen is a good way to demonstrate how people were not ready for change. Nov 20, Landon Allender rated it liked it. His is a finely tuned, perfectly pitched appreciation of the rhythms of a music that became not only altschuoer soundtrack but a heartbeat to American life.

It’s a witty and fairly realistic story about a 7th grade boy who moves from Boston to Chicago to live with his dad while his mom takes care of a sick grandmother. He documents that personalities such as Pat Boone and Dick Clark presented a moral face to the music, and that labels cleaned up lyrics for recordings.

There are rarely any markers or breaks altscbuler ideas and themes, and the paragraphs often run on interminably, containing lists and shooo, and do not effectively transition between topics. Mar 06, Shelly Saczynski rated it liked it. Within the context of anti-communism, McCarthyism, the Interstate system, suburbanization, television, conspicuous consumption, the automobile, the Cold War, and technological advances, it is an important factor that would not be as significant without looking at the decade as a whole and the ss as an era.


Feb 13, Sara Beth Cockerham rated it really liked it. Sep 09, Amanda Leavitt rated it really liked it Shelves: This was also an attempt to convince the older generation that rock ‘n’ roll was not as sexually-charged as they believed.

Parents, media, the music industry, non-rock musicians, politicians, etc. This PhD is such an enthusiastic fan, my ’50s generation awards him our ultimate accolade: 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. Altschuler shows, in particular, howrock’s “switchblade beat” opened up wide tlenn in American society along the fault-lines of family, al, and race.

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 s, a decade that saw a great struggle for the control of popular culture. Altschuler documents the initial concern of parents, community leaders, and office holders about the glenn nature of rock lyrics and performances.

All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America

The author has good chapter starters and starts them with entertaining sayings or, in this case, song lyrics. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. As teens were buying and listening to rock ‘n’ roll albums from both white and black artists, adults were seeking ways to crush out this phenomenal music movement.

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Those criticisms aside, it is a good snapshot of the era and has enough engaging content to earn a good but not outstanding rating. Selected pages Page For instance, the birth of rock coincided with the Civil Rights movement and brought “race music” into many white homes for the first time.


Jul 03, Brant rated it liked it. The birth of rock ‘n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy–one critic altschuker it “musical riots put to a switchblade beat”–but if it generated much sound and fury, what, if anything, did it signify?

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The fact that rock and roll coincided with the civil rights movement was interestingly put. It set the groundwork for a musical revolution, but so did musical technology like the alp guitar. Altschuler surpasses the admittedly sparsely populated field in the nuanced way he places the music within the conflicts–racial, sexual, commercial, and political–that it variously helped to encourage, exacerbate, and occasionally ameliorate.

It explores how both society influenced the music, and how music influenced society, as presented in the clear split between the Pat Boone-Frank Sinatra followers, and disruptive, altschler, loud music and fans of Elvis, Jerry Lee Le Alschuler’s book, written as part of the Pivotal Moments in American History series, present rock and roll’s birth, from Alan Freed, from Sun Studios, from the Mississippi Delta and how it burst onto the post-WWII scene and changed American culture and society forever.

Jan 26, victor harris rated it really liked it Shelves: Pivotal Moments in American History 1 – 10 of 25 books.

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Rock n Roll and Generational Conflict. He was well established by then and had recorded his most famous protest songs before that.

As gkenn 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.

Make this your default list. He is informing the readers of the history of Rock N Roll and the problems it caused.