Rock 'N' Roll America is a Documentary programme.

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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 driven 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.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Rock 'N' Roll America next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 December 9th, 12:00am. See more...