Sh-Boom! Or, How Early Rock & Roll Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love America’s Cold War Culture

History you can dance to.

Lecture Description

This talk places early rock & roll in context of 1950s and early 60s America. The historical evidence suggests that rock & roll was not as rebellious as common wisdom has it. Instead, the new sound was in tune with the conservatism of America’s cold war culture. Early rock & roll reflected the consensus and conformity of the 1950s and early 60s as much as it did the era’s conflict.


Cold War Social and Cultural

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