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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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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

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 »

Quotes

Teenage Louise: My life was nothing until I found the music.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.47 (2010) See more »

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Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay
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Written by Dave White
Performed by Kenny Vance and The Planotones
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WHY is this not on DVD???!!
30 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Floyd Mutrux is a golden god of American film making. "Hollywood Knights" is the greatest movie ever made, and this (American Hot Wax) may be the second. If "American Graffiti" can make it to DVD, this can.

I would imagine the reason it hasn't yet been released is licensing of all the songs, the reason the Hollywood Knights disc was delayed for so long. Everyone is greedy these days, but isn't a little something better than nothing at all? Let it go, people!

It is a great movie about a great time not only in America, but music. This is the 'big bang' of rock n'roll. Chuck Berry wears the exact same clothes from his very own closet as he did in '56, in this movie. The reason the RnR Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, is because that's where Alan Freed started - and he coined the phrase "rock n'roll".

In this movie, like the aforementioned HK movie, Mutrux's eye for talent brings to the screen for the first time actors/actresses that would become luminaries in the future. Leno, Drescher, who knew?

GET THIS MOVIE TO DVD NOW, thank you. :)


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