History of American Bandstand: It's Got a Great Beat and You Can Dance to It

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9780345317223: History of American Bandstand: It's Got a Great Beat and You Can Dance to It

Looks at four decades of the popular music show, shows how fashions, dances, and music have changed, and lists appearances by rock groups, singers, and performers

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TV and rock 'n' roll grew up together in the 1950s, and anyone who was a teenager in those years became a product of both. American Bandstand originated in 1952 as a local dance show. Dick Clark became host in 1956, the program went national in 1957, and it is still being seen today. A major focus of teen culture until the British Invasion in 1964, it hosted the network debuts of such stars as Frankie Avalon, Chuck Berry, the Supremes, and the Doors. The book is divided into chapters by decade, then subdivided into sections on the music, the kids, the dances, and the clothing and hairstyles. Detailed charts list the top songs and performers featured through the years. This book will appeal primarily to those who were part of the culture it reflects. Collections with Dick Clark's Rock, Roll, and Remember (1978) probably can skip. Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Still on the air after 28 years, Clark's American Bandstand, TV's first rock music show, has presented 10,000 performances. This in-depth chronicle of those shows is divided into decadesfrom the '50s to the '80swith each decade/chapter subdivided into sections on "The Music," "The Kids" (with special emphasis on the '50s teens who were dance regulars), "The Dancing," "The Fashions," "The Fans" and "Top 100 Chart Songs" (year-by-year from 1957 to 1984). Fans of the show will not be disappointed with this detailed compendium, packed with interviews, nostalgic photos of people and memorabilia (from a Dick Clark doll to a Fabian sweater tag). Even non-viewers will find the book a remarkable documentation of changing trends in American popular culture. November
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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