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Rock 'N' Film: Cinema's Dance With Popular Music

David E. James


In the mid-1950s, rock ’n’ roll amalgamated earlier black and white working-class musical traditions to displace the Great American Songbook’s hegemony over Anglophone popular music. At the same time, the classic musical was both displaced and re-created in a new form of film: the rock ’n’ roll musical. For the next two decades, the genre’s evolution in the United States and the United Kingdom accompanied and sustained the emergence, flowering, and decay of a counterculture. Cinema was second only to records in the production of the new cultural gestalt that the music generated. An ongoing ser ... More

Keywords: rock ’n’ roll, classic musical, mythic history, rock ’n’ roll visuality, aesthetic and social meanings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199387595
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David E. James, author
Professor of Film, University of Southern California