Club Bandstand Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… Originally designated as a headquarters for his fan club, the club soon began holding dances in March of 1958, providing a spot for black and white teenagers to feel safe dancing together. As Berry remembers from his performances in the early 1950's, a black and white couple pulled over by the Missouri state police had to go down to the station to get a "mandatory shot for venereal disease." (Berry, 90) Berry's club was also a venue for himself and local performers to play. The club grew in popularity and the teenagers had to be moved next door when it applied for a liquor license. The fan club remained a setting for black and white teens to have fun without being harassed, while Club Bandstand provided one of the few biracial businesses in the state. The successful bar was staffed only by Berry and his secretary Francine Prager. But local authorities did not appreciate Club Bandstand's unique atmosphere. Francine was often stopped and questioned on her way to work. She was a white woman in a black neighborhood, and the police knew that she worked for Chuck Berry (who they were not fond of either). As Berry became involved in other legal troubles and Francine continued to be harassed by the police, managing the club became too much. Berry closed down the club early in 1960; his time and money dedicated to Berry Park from then …show more content…
It was Berry's answer to the posh white country clubs his family had been prohibited from in his teen years. Berry opened the park in August of 1960, and was soon averaging 200 customers a day. The Park contained a lodge for families staying overnight, a large, guitar-shaped pool, picnic tables, and thirty acres desegregated space. Later it served as the scene for several of Berry's rock festivals, another celebration of teenage culture in themselves. While Berry glorified the bored, restless character of teenage culture in many of his hit singles, he also helped to end repressive traditions that kept black and white teenagers from

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