TV-a-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American - download pdf or read online

By Jake Austen

From Elvis and a hound puppy donning matching tuxedos and the comedian adventures of artificially produced bands to tricky tune movies and contrived reality-show contests, television—as this serious glance brilliantly shows—has performed an outstanding task of featuring the strength of rock in a fabulously exciting yet patently "fake" demeanour. The dichotomy of "fake" and "real" song because it is portrayed on tv is gifted intimately via many generations of rock tune: the Monkees shared the charts with the Beatles, Tupac and Slayer enthusiasts voted for corny American Idols, and exhibits like Shindig! and Soul educate somehow captured the unhinged strength of rock way more successfully than such a lot long-haired guitar-smashing acts. additionally proven is how television has frequently thrilled in breaking the foundations whereas nonetheless quite often enjoying by way of them: Bo Diddley defied Ed Sullivan and sang rock and roll after he have been advised to not, the Chipmunks' subversive antics ready childrens for punk rock, and issues bought out of hand when Saturday evening dwell invited punk young ones to wait a taping of the band worry. each point of the idiosyncratic heritage of rock and television and their strange courting is roofed, together with sketch rock, track programming for African American audiences, punk on tv, Michael Jackson's existence on television, and the tortured heritage of MTV and its progeny.

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