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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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Civilian life after the second World War, the beginning of the Cold War, an increase in prosperity across the country, and the ever-developing debates about gender, race, and social class prompted a plethora of questions in the minds of the American public, but offered few answers.

His interest, as I mentioned at the beginning of this essay, is not in rock music or its musicians.

Altschuler traced the lineage of rock ‘n’ roll from its roots in the mids in rhythm ‘n’ blues and jazz to it’s decline in the late ’50’s and briefly touches on its renewal in the mids with the British Invasion.

One other noteworthy defect is the organization of the chapters. In the book, the reader learns that most of the American population wasn’t ready for this thing called “Rock N Roll”. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Jan 26, victor harris rated it really liked it Shelves: Popular passages Page 11 – It is sung, played, and written shooi the most part by cretinous goons and by means of shlok almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd — in plain fact — dirty lyrics, it manages genn be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.

As vibrant as the music itself, All Shook Up reveals how rock ‘n roll challenged and changed American culture and laidthe foundation for the social upheaval of the sixties. Nov 01, Brian rated it it was amazing Shelves: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Want to Read saving….


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. Rock n roll may seem like an odd choice for a pivotal moment in American history but altschuler supports his thesis very well and by the end I was convinced.

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I especially enjoyed reading the lesser-known tidbits scattered throughout the original lyrics to Tutti Altachuler were rather shocking! So I had to read this for a history course. I learned a lot about the history both of rock and roll and of the times. Altschuler tells a story of liberation and fear, ip inspiration and exploitation, of repeated attempts to homogenize a form of cultural expression that sprang from somewhere so altshculer in Western youth culture that it proved bigger and more powerful than any combination of its myriad opponents.

They weren’t ready for change. Summary 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?

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It is another item on the list that made the s such a significant decade. However, this did not happen in the s.

Contents Rock n Roll and Race. Although this marks his first foray into music scholarship, he does a fine job of discussing the musical and sociological influences that came together to form rock’n’roll.

Alp have an account? It set the groundwork for a musical revolution, but so did musical technology like the electric guitar.

All Shook Up – Glenn C. Altschuler – Oxford University Press

His is a finely tuned, perfectly pitched appreciation of the rhythms of a music that became not only a soundtrack but a heartbeat to American life. Sep altschuuler, Amanda Leavitt rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

I really liked All Shook Up: Rock n Roll and Generational Conflict. A bi A good guy book, probably for 5th graders and up. Altschuler Pivotal Xltschuler in American History. Sounds French Jonathyne Briggs.


Another good example of his writing style is: More than ever, it frustrates anyone intent on giving it a rigorous, musical definition. In addition, rock celebrated romance and sex, rattled the reticent by pushing altshculer into the public arena, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with work of men in gray flannel suits.

All Shook Up

Apr 13, Jester rated it liked it. Perone, Mount Union Coll. Library Locations and Hours. Clark did survive the payola investigations, lgenn course. 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.

He is informing the readers of the history of Rock N Altschuoer and the problems it caused.

All shook up : how rock ‘n’ roll changed America

Trivia About All Shook Up: Richard Aquila; Glenn C. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. This PhD is altscjuler an enthusiastic fan, my ’50s generation awards him our ultimate accolade: The fact that rock and roll coincided with the civil rights movement was interestingly put.

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Altschuler notes, though, in the concluding chapter of All Shook Up that England did not suffer the cultural struggles over rock and roll that America did.

Click here to sign up. Does a good job of articulating the role of music in sexual and racial politics, but I found it a little plodding. Highly recommended for all libraries with popular music and American studies collections, especially as a complement to Charlie Gillett’s The Sound of the City and James Miller’s Flowers in the Dustbin.