Rock And Roll And Social Change

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Richard Welch published the article “Rock ‘n’ Roll and Social Change” in History Today on February 1, 1990. In the article “Rock and Roll ‘n’ Social Change” “This revolution created a music which became the common property not only of two generations of Americans, but also millions throughout the world, creating the most ubiquitous, and perhaps the most influential form of American popular culture” (32). History Today, one of the world’s oldest history magazines, has been published monthly in London since January 1951. The magazine was founded by Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information after World War II. He served as chairman of the Financial Times and was a lieutenant under Sir Winston Churchill. Annually, History Today with Longman (an English publishing company) holds an awards ceremony, the Longman-History Today Award, to recognize work in the field of history. The war was over and baby boomers were just starting to become teenagers. I like rock ‘n’ roll. The teenagers did because the existing music of the time, folk music and country music, was pretty monotonous. Whether it was Elvis Presley or the fact that Sun Records had previously recorded black blues music is not really relevant. Rock ‘n’ Roll was a new form of music that had some spunk too it. I completely understand why teenagers in the 50’s and 60’s liked it. Furthermore, it sounds great today because it has rhythm and style and beat unlike the modern hip-hop or foul laden music of today. Country Music has since taken off, but it was not sophisticated and too subdued. “Social revolution” might be too strong of a term, but it was at least an evolution. Rock ‘n’ roll was something teenager, desiring to rebel could relate to it. Rock ‘n’ Roll spread, mainly through radio stations and concert tours; there was no internet or MTV.
Richard F. Welch is a historian and a professor of American History, Western Civilization, and Irish History at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Mr. Welch’s passion for history is evidenced by his involvement in numerous positions; he has worked as a museum exhibit curator, editor of a regional history magazine, a historical consultant and serves on Long Island Historical Journal’s editorial board. He has authored several books including “An Island’s Trade,” “Memento Mori, the Gravestones of Early Long Island,” and “The Boy General: The Life and Careers of Francis Channing Barlow.”
Mr. Welch writes from a sociological perspective and examines how Rock ‘n’ Roll has influenced and changed society. His methods of gathering information are based on research of individuals’ successes and the people involved in creating the artist’s music. He uses the history and trends of how Rock ‘n’ Roll developed and examines the complexity of this movement. The movement was complicated because it brought black and white music together when the country was still strongly segregated. Music is a universal language that transcends age, race, economic status and...

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