This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock 'n' roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950s. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals. Written by
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Artie Moress is the young president of the Buddy Holly fan club. He supposedly started his Buddy Holly fan club after hearing that Buddy Holly died in a plane a crash. However, the movie depicting the life of Alan Freed, which ends with the infamous Rock n' Roll riot that took place in Boston in 58 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper didn't die in their plane crash until Feb. 3rd 1959. See more »
At the time this movie came out (1978) America was having its 20 year later
nostalgia craze for the 1950s and it's music. "Happy Days" and "LaVerne And
Shirley" were on TV and songs from the 50s were being remade and heard
again. What great timing for this movie!
The greatest thing about this movie, of course, are the musical
performances. Instead of hiring all soundalikes from central casting, they
actually brought back musicians and singers from the 1950s to sing their
hits. Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Frankie Ford and
others are on hand to show you what made them great. Of course, this was 20
years after Alan Freed's shows played and the performers do look a little
worse for the wear, but their music more than makes up for
Tin McIntire was fantastic as Alan Freed, a young Jay Leno as Mookie was
adequate as was an also young Fran Drescher as Sheryl. Laraine Newman shines
as a sort of Carole King character, writing songs for others.
Why isnt this movie more popular than it is? Maybe because it's not on
video? If you see this on TV some night, be sure to watch it and see the
magical early days of Rock and Roll.
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