TV A-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol

TV A-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol

by Jake Austen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1556525729

ISBN-13: 9781556525728

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated


From Elvis and a hound dog wearing matching tuxedos and the comic adventures of artificially produced bands to elaborate music videos and contrived reality-show contests, television—as this critical look brilliantly shows—has done a superb job of presenting the energy of rock in a fabulously entertaining but patently "fake" manner. The dichotomy of "fake…  See more details below

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From Elvis and a hound dog wearing matching tuxedos and the comic adventures of artificially produced bands to elaborate music videos and contrived reality-show contests, television—as this critical look brilliantly shows—has done a superb job of presenting the energy of rock in a fabulously entertaining but patently "fake" manner. The dichotomy of "fake" and "real" music as it is portrayed on television is presented in detail through many generations of rock music: the Monkees shared the charts with the Beatles, Tupac and Slayer fans voted for corny American Idols, and shows like Shindig! and Soul Train somehow captured the unhinged energy of rock far more effectively than most long-haired guitar-smashing acts. Also shown is how TV has often delighted in breaking the rules while still mostly playing by them: Bo Diddley defied Ed Sullivan and sang rock and roll after he had been told not to, the Chipmunks' subversive antics prepared kids for punk rock, and things got out of hand when Saturday Night Live invited punk kids to attend a taping of the band Fear. Every aspect of the idiosyncratic history of rock and TV and their peculiar relationship is covered, including cartoon rock, music programming for African American audiences, punk on television, Michael Jackson's life on TV, and the tortured history of MTV and its progeny.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556525728
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
1 Rock Around the Box Proto TV Rock and the Order of St. Sullivan,
2 Lip-Synch Traces Dick Clark, Jack Good, and TV Dance Shows,
3 Faking the Band Keeping It Unreal with Monkees, Partridges, and Their Play Pals,
4 The Hippest Trip in Town Black-on-Black Music TV,
5 Never Mind the Bollocks: Here's the Chipmunks! Rock 'n' Roll Cartoons,
6 Rock Concert 1970s TV Rock,
7 BEEF BEEF BEEF BEEF BALONEY! Punk Rock on TV,
8 Video Vanguard MTV, Music Videos, and the History of Rock 'n' Roll on TV,
9 Idol Bands Are the Devil's Workshop Rock 'n' Roll Reality TV,
10 Michael Jackson Chronicle of a Life on TV,
Appendix 1 International TV Rock,
Appendix 2 Rock 'n' Roll TV Guide,
Source Notes,
Index,

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