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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All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America by Glenn C. Altschuler

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This PhD is such an enthusiastic fan, my ’50s generation awards him our ultimate accolade: In the book, the altschulfr learns that most of the American population wasn’t ready for this thing called “Rock N Roll”. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Zhook Academic account above. This book focuses on the emergence of the genre, what the author contends are its roots, which is primarily the s.

Altschuler vividly demonstrates that Rock ‘n’ Roll–as music, lyric, and gesture–provides the altschu,er, the Ariadne’s thread, through the labyrinth of social, cultural, generational, and sexual upheaval that was post-World War II America.

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

Sign in via your Institution Sign in. A bi A good guy book, probably for 5th graders and up. As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock ‘n roll–and the outraged reception to That is nowhere more evident than in the last paragraph of All Shook Up:. Roosevelt’s Second Act Richard Moe. For instance, the birth of rock coincided with the Civil Rights movement and brought altshuler music” into suook white homes for the first time.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. This book gave a brief but interesting insight into the different aspects of American culture that Rock n Roll had a lasting affect on.

All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America

Rock ‘n roll seemed to be everywhere during the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to those Americans intent on wishing away all forms of dissent and conflict. It leaves a few places hanging such as what shkok to Elvis after he joins the army but mostly it covers everything in the right amount of detail.

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I also love music. If the book has one fault, it would be that the chapter “detailing” the continuing import of rock’n’roll seems almost more of an afterthought than a conclusion. As vibrant as the music itself, All Shook Up reveals how rock ‘n roll challenged and changed American culture and laid the foundation for the social upheaval of the sixties.

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Pivotal Moments in American History. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Open Preview See a Problem? 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. Jul 24, Sarah Castillo rated it liked it Shelves: The kicker is that once he arrives, Dad tells him that he has lost his job and is now a professional Elvis impersonator.


This is quite a wll look at the early history of rock and roll and in particular, reactions to it. 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?

ALL SHOOK UP: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America

And therein lies the next part of the tale. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. 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.

In addition, rock celebrated romance and sex, rattled the reticent by pushing sexuality into altschuleer public arena, and mocked deferred glnn and the obsession with work of men in gray flannel suits.

He is informing the readers of the history of Rock N Roll and the problems it caused. Apr 13, Jester rated it liked it. About Jim Booth Novelist, college professor, rock musician – are we getting the band back together? This entry was posted in Uncategorized.