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Dancing in the Street

Premier :: 1996-06-15

on BBC Two

Genre :: Documentary
8/10


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Summary

BBC's landmark 10-part series on the evolution of rock music with the innovators of the late-1940s and 1950s. For forty years, rock and roll has continued to reinvent itself, to challenge, to upset as well as delight, to break rules and make new ones. Dancing in the Street is a full-scale salute to that turbulent roller-coaster ride and an accompanying guide to the ten-part BBC series. Well-known American music journalist Robert Palmer illuminates the roots of rock in the fifties and explores its development through to its continuing growth today. In ten key chapters he investigates how the many tributaries - from blues and gospel to reggae, punk and rap - converge and connect.

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Series 1 - Episode 1 - Whole Lotta Shakin'
Aired - Air date unknown.

Episode summary:

Whole Lotta Shakin', the first episode of Dancing in the Street, begins the BBC's landmark 10-part series on the evolution of rock music with the innovators of the late-1940s and 1950s: renegade musicians, both black and white, whose blending of musical styles made their work impossible to categorize; record producers with the vision to record it anyway, and the colour-blind disk jockeys who spun these records for audiences that couldn't figure out - or didn't care - if the artists were black or white. Longstanding barriers of music, race and class began to buckle to the strains of what Cleveland DJ Alan Freed labeled "rock and roll", a black euphemism for sex.

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+ Series 1

+ Episode - 10 Planet Rock Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 9 Make It Funky Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 8 No Fun Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 7 Hang On To Yourself Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 6 Eight Miles High Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 5 Crossroads Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 4 R-E-S-P-E-C-T Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 2 Be My Baby Aired - Air date unknown.
+ Episode - 1 Whole Lotta Shakin' Aired - Air date unknown.

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