Rockin Hollywood with Brian Rose
Hosted By: DOROT
Rock music exploded on the big screen when Bill Haley & the Comets sang “Rock Around the Clock” at the opening of Blackboard Jungle in 1955. Frenzied teenagers danced in the aisles and there were reports of violence and vandalism at theaters around the world. Rock’s notoriety contributed to its appeal and Hollywood unleashed a series of films featuring rock and R&B musicians performing their hits in the midst of plots ranging from rebellious high schoolers, out-of-control hot rodders, or the romantic antics of spring break college students. Movies and rock formed a valuable commercial partnership, whether it was Elvis Presley’s 31 mostly forgettable films or the Beatles’ groundbreaking A Hard Day’s Night from 1964.
Join DOROT when Brian Rose returns for a close look at the first decade of rock movies and how Hollywood helped reflect its power to the world.