A Historical Book Review of Glenn C. Altschuler’s All Shook Up: How Rock ‘N’ Roll Changed America

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A Historical Book Review of Glenn C. Altschuler’s All Shook Up: How Rock ‘N’ Roll Changed America
By Stacey Peterik Music has been a huge part of history since it began back in prehistoric times. As the decades have passed, music has gradually changed to include a variety of different styles; each being influenced in some way by the early blues and rhythm and blues of the 1940’s and 1950’s. As it does currently, in that time period, music created many conflicts between generations. Also in those decades though, music created conflict between racial and gender classes. In his book, All Shook Up: How Rock ‘N’ Roll
Changed America, Glenn C. Altschuler discusses all of these conflicts and what rock ‘n’ roll did to aid or
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Lyrics such as “There’ll be fifteen minutes of kissin’ / Then you’ll holler, please don’t stop / There will be fifteen minutes of teasin’, / And fifteen

minutes of squeezin’ / And fifteen minutes of blowin’ my top” by the Dominoes (pg. 72) really threw parents into a panic. A campaign was started to clean up the filthy lyrics. Parents and community members went to record distributors, record stores, and radio stations and asked for a ban on producing, selling, and playing these filthy records. These records threatened to damage the reputation and possibly livelihood of the original rhythm and blues.

The next section in Altschuler’s book discusses the generational conflict influenced by rock ‘n’

roll. Altschuler tells in this section about parents and elders not understanding the teenagers of the time and why they wanted to listen to this music. Parents were convinced that rock ‘n’ roll was solely responsible for the conflict that was happening between them and their children. They believed that
“rock ‘n’ roll reinforced the most worrisome aspects of youth culture: antagonism to adult authority and expectations; conformity to peer‐group norms; and an ephemeral, erratic emotional intensity” (pg. 99).
Rock ‘n’ roll was meant for teenagers‐ it was about them and performed by a lot of them. Altschuler shares in this section,

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