What to watch on Friday, July 3rd, 2015


Rock 'N' Roll America

BBC 4 at 9:00pm (Other show times...)

Rock ‘N‘ Roll America

Series tracing the history of rock 'n' roll.

In Cold War mid-1950s America, as the new suburbia was spreading fast in a country riven by racial segregation, rock 'n' roll took the country by surprise. Out of the Deep South came a rhythm-driven fusion of blues, boogie woogie and vocal harmony played by young black pioneers that seduced young white teens and got black and white kids rocking together. This sound was nurtured by small independent labels and travelled up from the Mississippi corridor spawning new artists.

In Memphis, Elvis began his career as a local singer with a country twang who rocked up a blues song and sounded so black he confused his white listeners. In St Louis, Chuck Berry took a country song and turned it into his first rock 'n' roll hit. Movies had a big role to play thanks to 'social problem' films exploring the teenager as misfit and delinquent - Blackboard Jungle gave them a soundtrack, with Rock Around the Clock becoming the first rock 'n' roll Number 1.

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