Sunday, June 20, 2010

Seven-Inch-Vinyl: Blurb page

(From the soon-to-be-published novel,copyright 2010 Donald Riggio)

1953 -
Six counties in South Carolina pass legislation outlawing
Jukebox operation at anytime within hearing distance of a church.

1954 -

WDIA Radio in Memphis, Tennessee offers on-air disclaimers:
“WDIA, your good-will station, in the interest of good citizenship, for the protection of
your morals and our American way of life does not consider this record (Song Title),
fit for broadcast on WDIA. We are sure all you listeners will agree with us.”

1955 -

Officials cancel rock and roll concerts scheduled in New Haven
and Bridgeport, Connecticut; Boston; Atlanta; Jersey City; and Asbury Park, New
Jersey; Burbank, California; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


“My only deep sorrow is the unrelenting insistence of recording and motion picture companies upon purveying the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear and naturally I’m referring to the bulk of rock ‘n’ roll. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phony and false. It is sung, played and performed for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd --- in plain fact --- dirty lyrics, it manages to be the martial music of every side burned delinquent on the face of the earth.”

Frank Sinatra - writing in the November issue of “The Western World” magazine.

“Rhythm & Blues had a baby and they called it Rock and Roll.”

--- Muddy Waters

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