What is Rock n Roll? • Rock 'n' roll swept onto Australian shores in 1955 with the release of Bill Haley's hit song Rock Around the Clock. • Originating in America, this new style fused black American rhythm and blues music with the white-dominated country and western genre.
Quote “Rock n Roll: the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. (Frank Sinatra) (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor.
1950’s Rock n Roll ELVIS THE PELVIS
Late 1950s Oh how the Australians yearned for a bit of Hollywood glamour... Suitable for all the family, young, fresh and clean cut ... Women adored him, men wanted to be him, the King of Rock n Roll: Elvis Presley... Never leaving the house without that beautifully crafted ‘quiff’! Bodgies enjoyed the trendy Rock n Roll scene... Australia’s answer to Elvis came in the form of Johnny O Keefe. Couples enjoyed jiving the night away... Teenagers became rebellious-the music drove them wild!
POPULAR CULTURE: MUSICAL INFLUENCES ON AUSTRALIA. • American fathers and Australian fathers were trying to shield their daughters from this influence. (Think Conservative. ) • Elvis’s music was seen as dangerous, sexual and black. • Australian artist (Johnny O Keefe – an Australian rock and roll singer emulated Presley) and this led the way for local musicians and performers to top the “pop charts” in Australia for example Easybeats, The Seekers. • Generally however, music from America and Britain continued to dominate the charts through the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Popular music in the 1960’s was often connected with social protest movements and civil rights campaign. Peace, freedom difference and choice were strong themes. • For example Bob Dylan American singer was very popular.