American Popular Culture 1929-1990

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  • American Popular Culture 1929-1990.
    • 1950s
      • 1950s saw the beginning of rock and roll. This combined elements of both blues and country and western music.
      • In 1956, Elvis Presley exploded onto the music scene becoming a global sensation.
        • Presley's thrusting hips and tight trousers horrfied parents and delighted teenagers - some television companies would only film him from the wasit up.
          • In 1956 Elvis Sold 10 million records. Parents and teachers were worried about his sensual dancing and sneer.
            • Millions of teenagers copied his look and parents were not so keen!
    • 1920s and 1930s
      • Jazz and Country music became very popular. Jazz/blues was made very popular by Louis Armstrong.
        • Both types of music oroginated from the Southern American States.
    • 1960s
      • Bands such as the Beachboys and folk singers such as Bob Dylan were introduced.
        • Bob Dylan voiced his anger over America's involvement in the Vietnam war.
      • Woodstock-1969; was an enormous outdoor music festival organised to protest against the Vietnam War.
        • This followed other protests by Hippies at universities across America.
          • Music had a huge influence over youngsters in America.
            • Many got involved in campaigns against Vietnam and the passing of the Civil Rights Bill.
    • 1970s
      • Disco dancing took off in the 70s with groups like the Bee Gees.
    • 1980s
      • Rap and hip hop developed and Michael Jackson emerged.
  • 1950s saw the beginning of rock and roll. This combined elements of both blues and country and western music.

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