Here are 50 years of Rock & Roll, from Chuck Berry to the Beatles to Beck, with an introduction by Dick Clark. On March 21, 1952, rock & roll was forged in fire as Alan Freed's Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland ended up in a riot when frenzied fans stormed the arena. There was a new sound and it caused an entirely new reaction: loud, passionate, no-holds-barred, Katie-bar-the-door. This was rock & roll, and even as things were getting out of hand in Cleveland, a producer named Sam Phillips was debuting his Sun record label in Memphis, the future launching pad for Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and, of course, the King, Elvis Presley. In the 1960s came the Beatles. Bob Dylan counseled "Don't Look Back," and rock never did, as the music defined the times: the Who's "My Generation," the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man," Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Woodstock". Today, rock lives on, and not just in reunions of KISS and Yes, nor in age-defying gigs by Aerosmith. It has seeped into our culture and into the new music. It changed America then, and, at 50, it continues to do so.
|Publisher:||Time Home Entertainment, Inc|
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