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American Hot Wax (1978)

 -  Drama | History | Music  -  17 March 1978 (USA)
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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: ... See full summary »

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Carl Weaver ...
Member of The Chesterfields (as Carl Earl Weaver)
Al Chalk ...
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Sam Harkness ...
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Arnold McCuller ...
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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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While the real Alan Freed was still working in Cleveland radio station WJW (850 AM). He was one of the organizers of a five-act show called "The Moondog Coronation Ball" on March 21, 1952 at the Cleveland Arena. This event is known as the first rock and roll concert. Crowds attended in numbers far beyond the arena's capacity, and the concert was shut down early due to overcrowding and a near-riot. Long before being accused of inciting a riot at the Boston Arena in 58' that the movie depicts, which eventually led to him being fired from WINS (1010 AM) in New York City, and driving him into bankruptcy. See more »

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Artie is seen with copies of the albums "The Chirping Crickets" and "Buddy Holly and the Crickets", the latter being a re-issue of the former, and not released until 1962. See more »

Quotes

Alan Freed: This is Alan Freed... and this is Rock and Roll.
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It's All in the Game
Written by Charles Dawes and Carl Sigman
Performed by Tommy Edwards
Courtesy of MGM Records, Inc.
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VHS/DVD when????
13 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Looking over the VHS/DVD titles in the reduced price area of local department stores, I find it impossible to believe that some of these titles make the light of day and "American Hot Wax" is not available for purchase. I'm lucky enough to have taped it off of cable or I would be reduced to its limited showing on AMC. This failure to make this movie available reminds me of the 20 years it took for "Hollywood Knights" to make it's appearance. If you have a chance to see this movie, don't miss it. This movie is a classic. The performances of Jay Leno and Fran Dresher are very enjoyable. The job done by Tim McIntire defies description. Although I didn't know Alan Freed, I feel McIntire probably hit the mark in his portrayal.


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