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American Hot Wax (1978)

The story of Alan Freed, the pioneering disc jockey who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

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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 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 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 credited feature film role of television star Jay Leno. See more »

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Buddy Holly's birthday (7 September) fell on Labor Day in 1959, so Artie would have had the day off from school anyway. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Alan Freed: You can stop me, but you're never gonna stop rock and roll!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) See more »

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Willie and the Hand Jive
Written and performed by Johnny Otis
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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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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