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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The riot at the live Rock n' Roll show in 58', which ultimately led to Freed being fired from WINS Radio in NY, and forced into bankruptcy. Actually, the riot that Freed was accused of starting, but was later cleared of all charges, took place at the Boston Arena, and not the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, like the movie depicts. See more »
You know, rock and roll has been pretty good to me. I think I'll dedicate this one to it.
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This was a great movie. I saw it when it came out and have always hoped to see it again. I particularly loved the studio scene where they were recording Come Go with me. The offhand way the song went from blah to fantastic, and the way the group and the crew all went nuts over it was really fun. It has stuck in my mind all these years.
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