James Miller brings a powerful and challenging intellectual perspective to his recounting of some key turning points in the history of rock. Arguing that the music underwent its full creative evolution in little more than twenty-five years, he traces its roots from the jump blues of the forties to the disc jockeys who broadcast the music in the early fifties.
Let's Rock! reclaims the lost history of rock & roll, one of the most important cultural developments in post-WW II America. Based on years of research and interviews, the book offers new information and fresh perspectives about the rise of rock & roll and 1950s America, arguing that rather than rebellion and liberalism, the musical craze supported centrist politics, traditional values, and mainstream attitudes toward race, gender, class, and ethnicity
The book is written in a refreshing, captivating style that pulls the reader in, offering no less than a complete social and cultural history of rock and roll for students and general audiences alike. Friedlander writes, This book chronicles the first forty years of rock/pop music history.
The only study of its kind, this well-organized, illustrated text offers an in-depth examination of the social history of America and Britain through rock-and-roll. Tracing rock from its inception from American blues to the present the book shows how rock-and-roll has reflected and sometimes changed American and British culture for several generations.