HOW ROCK & ROLL UNIFIED A COUNTRY

If there were no segregation in the U.S. during the 1940s rock ‘n’ roll would not have survived, it may not have even been created. Rock ‘n’ roll had an overwhelming influence on the social interactions and intermingling of black and white teenagers. The genre forced prejudice labels to sign black artists because the music was so popular and profitable.

Segregation being overturned in 1954 gave some freedom for black and white artists to be sold in the same stores and be on the same record labels. Many white parents in the 1950s and 1960s tried to ban their children from listening to rock ‘n’ roll believing that it was to provocative and exposed their children to “black lifestyles.” American Bandstand But televsion and radio forced a surge of rock ‘n’ roll into the cars and homes of Americans. With shows like the Ed Sullivan show and American Bandstand, parents could not prevent their children from watching and enjoying rock ‘n’ roll music. Because both black and white teenagers liked rock ‘n’ roll they were more likely to socially interact and be willing to break the barriers of prejudice unlike older generations.Ed Sullivan

Rock ‘n’ roll strived throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s with new artists grabbing the attention of different people allowing the rock ‘n’ roll fan base to grow and diversify. It is important to understand how influential rock ‘n’ roll was for this time period in America, where racial tensions were very high. Rock ‘n’ roll was the one thing that could bring groups of racially different people together for the same purpose, music enjoyment and entertainment. It allowed people to forget about the tension and anger in the world around them and enjoy the sounds great music.