When we think of rock’n’ roll of the 1950’s the first image that comes to our mind is: rebelliousyouth gathering on the dance floor and dance their heart out to the noisy,obnoxious – parent-hating-music; We think of youth sneaking out of the house inthe middle of the night to join the forbidden cult of the music known as rock’n’ roll; we think of youth emerging their primal nature to gravitate towardsgirls. Youth love rock ‘n’ roll because its fast, lively and controversial.Exploring 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll we’ll be able to understand the youth, sex andviolence and how it all linked together through rock ‘n’ roll.
Rock ‘n’ Rollhas been the central line label for “sex” throughout the 1950’s. It is becauseof the rhythm of the music that creates a new age of dancing and the sexualcontent of the lyrics that fluidly revolutionise erotic movements on the dancefloor. Moreover, the dance floor has become the perfect enclosed zone fortearing down the wall between two people, and exercising their newly founddance move: spin, twirl, and whirl – and seduce. The music content of 1950’sRock ‘n’ Roll was primary revolve around capturing and amplify opposite partner’sattractions towards yourself. However, there was a time when men and femalewould dance within a respectable distance from each other while dancing. Thishas been reshaped through the introduction the notorious Elvis Presley’s musicentering orthodox music stream. During theRock ‘n’ Roll golden era the term ”rock ‘n’ roll” was used as a common slangfor sex.
In addition to this, dancing within’ rock ‘n’ roll slowly gaining theability to express sexual attractions visually. This has rises parents concernsfor the genre. Parents believe that rock ‘n’ roll provoke juvenile delinquency.Parents attempts to stop their children. from listening to rock ‘n’ roll due toit contents and how it affects the children. However, this has tremendouslybackfired because this made the youth of the time itching to listen to it evenmore. Parents feared that their children will be dressing and behaving like themusician they’ve been listening to.
Parents believe that rock ‘n’ roll has morebad than good influence on the children and urges radio to ban rock ‘n’ rollmusic entirely. The beginning of rock ‘n’ roll is heavily influenced by black cultureand music of the genre called the blues. Post 50’s white American was listeningto soft music while African American was listening to more upbeat, energic,lively music calls rhythms and blues. The style of rhythms and blues was soexceptionally good that it made it ways into music of young white American in1950’s.
Although, Elvis Presley is the staple of rock ‘n’ roll there was a hugecontroversy who invented rock ‘n’ roll due to the influence of both black andwhite cultures that had shaped the genre. Due to racism the separation betweentwo culture it was hard for black musician to break through. Successful recordlabels began to leave the black artists under the rug and publicise the whiteversion of the black musician’s song and make it more popular. Though, rock ‘n’ roll music revolves around sexuality it brought whitesand blacks together. However, the white parents were questioning if the blackmen will take advantage of their innocent daughters.
In rock ‘n’ roll concertthe blacks and the whites are separated between fences, however this does nothold the youth apart. Due to rock ‘n’ roll nature to “rock”, the youth wouldhop over the fence and emerged both grouped together. In the 1950’s the blacks are not usually welcomed with opened arms. Racismwas seen throughout rock ‘n’ roll’s timeline. Booked shows should be cancelled sincethe singer is black.
Parents of the white teenagers are very keen on makingtheir children doesn’t dance with the black while. The new papers of it timesrefer the black as ”coloured” or ”negro”. Racism towards the blacks are anissue within this era of rock ‘n’ roll. As crazyas it sounds, in 1950’s, concerts require audience to be seated and quiet theauthority make sure to reinforce this ever time this juvenile delinquencybehaviour occur. However, the youthfelt as if they were stripped from their right to have fun and enjoythemselves, this would result in lash back and the authority must retaliatewith physical force to neutralise their disobedient. Due to havoc that rock ‘n’roll causes the authority starts banning. rock ‘n’ roll shows all the citiesacross the united states of America.
Rock ‘n’ roll was deemed the ”devil music’because it converts innocence youths into lustful, rebellious and violencecreatures. The authority has instructed the people to remove rock ‘n’ rollplaylist from the jukebox and evicting people from rock ‘n’ roll concert. Adult areconvicted that the music from rock ‘n’ roll is from the devil and its transformingthe teenagers into violence craving monsters. However, they overlooked the factthat its not the music it’s the parental guidance it self that lead the teenagersinto rebellion.
They want to be wild, free and live their teenage life whilethe parents are limiting and controlling how they’re living. The urge of ‘breakingfree’ may seem like a rebellious and violence but its just teenagers trying tohave fun. In softer contexts, this translate to kids sneaking out at midnightto have their limited portion of chocolate.