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American Hot Wax (1978)

This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950's. Freed was a source of great controversy: ... See full summary »

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This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950's. 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 Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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1959. New York City. The battleground was Rock and Roll. It was the beginning of an era. You shoulda been there.

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17 March 1978 (USA)  »

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American Hot Wax - kuumaa vahaa  »

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Trivia

First movie to feature the real life character of radio disc-jockey Alan Freed. Freed would appear in a number of rock 'n' roll history biopics and movies over the years including Cadillac Records (2008), Who Do You Love (2008), _Ray (2004)_ ['Ray Charles'], La Bamba (1987) [Ritchie Valens] , and Great Balls of Fire! (1989) [Jerry Lee Lewis]. See more »

Goofs

TV newscasts were not regularly televised in color in 1959. See more »

Quotes

Alan Freed: Hey, look. If they took it all away tomorrow, we'd be even. No we wouldn't. We'd be way ahead.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.47 (2010) See more »

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A Thousand Miles Away
Written by James Sheppard and William H. Miller
Performed by The Heartbeats (as Heartbeats)
Courtesy of Sue Ellen
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Rock and Roll will NEVER die!!
18 September 1999 | by (San Pablo, Ca) – See all my reviews

This movie has heart, soul and a passion for the music. A loving tribute to an exciting era. I grew up in Philadelphia, where guys doo-wopped in garages and on street corners, hoping Alan Freed would someday play their song. This movie successfully shows how important our new music was to us. Long Live Rock and Roll!


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