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"You Say You Want A Revolution": Rock and Roll's Impact in t

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"You Say You Want A Revolution": Rock and Roll's Impact in the United States
Notice something?
Some of rock and roll's first big artists were black. This music was credited and criticized for promoting integration.
Disc jockey Alan Freed (1921-1965) had a R&B show radio station in Cleveland, Ohio. Freed is credited for coining the term "rock and roll".
What is rock & roll?
Rock and roll was born out of rhythm & blues.
R&B records were known as "race records".
Rock and roll helped young people find their social identity and many adults did not approve of it because they associated it with rebellion, sex, and drugs.
Conclusion
There is no denying the fact that rock and roll played a huge role in society and in the music world. Many things were happening in the 1950s and 1960s in the United States and a new era of music was born. Rock and roll became politically and socially conscious and it was very important in the growth of society because it was able to give younger people a voice. Rock and roll was able to fuse together with other different genres, including classical music, and created new things, for example, all the different subgenres of rock we that exist today. There were also many innovations that came out of rock and roll music.
Little Richard
This clip is from the film "Don't Knock The Rock" (1956)
Tutti Frutti (1955)
The original lyrics were more scandalous and sexual:

"Tutti frutti, good booty"

"If it's tight, it's alright.
If it's greasy, make it easy."

After the lyrics were changed, Little Richard didn't think the song was going to be a hit. The song was number 18 in the pop charts, even if it didn't receive many radio airplays.
Little Richard's sound and visual characteristics made him a strong influence on later performers.
By the late 1950s, rock and roll started to lose its popularity.
1957: Little Richard quit rock to become a minister.
1958: Elvis Presley joined the army.
Jerry Lee Lewis was blacklisted out of the music industry due to his controversial marriage.
Chuck Berry was in jail.
1959: The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens die).
1960: Eddie Cochran was killed in a car accident.
The British Invasion
The British Invasion was about the British giving back America what they got from them. Some of the groups involved were The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, The Animals, and The Who.
The Beatles
The Beatles arrived in America on February 7, 1964. They performed on the Ed Sullivan show two days later. Over 73 million people tuned in and watched The Beatles perform for the first time in the United States
The Beatles meet Bob Dylan
The Beatles met Bob Dylan on August 28, 1964. Bob Dylan is a folk singer-songwriter who wrote serious songs and commented on what was going on in society.
During the Vietnam War, many musicians used music to give the people a voice.
The Beatles
"Revolution" was released in 1968.
"There is no desire in any of our heads to sort of take over the world. There is, however, a desire to get power in order to use it for good."-Paul McCartney (1968).
Music was becoming more political and socially conscious.
But when you talk about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out?
Edwin Starr's "War"
In Detroit, MI Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records in 1959. 20 years after Motown started, "War" was released.
The Generation Gap
Teenagers started buying records around the time rock and roll was becoming popular because it was affordable.
People over 30 just "didn't get it". Rock and roll gave the younger generation a voice, but older people still didn't want to listen.
"My Generation"
The Who released this song in 1965.
"I hope I die before I get old."
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