Rock And Roll And Pop Culture In The 1920's

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The 1950s in North America, specifically Canada, were just like (very similar?) the 1920s. It was as if a reset button had been pressed, fast forwarding life thirty years, giving Canadians another try at economic prosperity. After the financial downfall of the Great Depression and national toll of World War II, there was a motion of moving forward that came along, resulting in many changes and the magnitude birth of the teenager. Prior to the 1900s, the concept of a teenager did not exist. There were people in their teen years, but nothing that united them on a societal scale until the 1950s. Thus, teens are a man-made concept that society created to ease their mind about change; stemming from the influences of rock and roll/pop culture, the loss of translation through the generation gap between parents and teens and the advantages of the industrial prosperity. When the…show more content…
Like today's society, they turned to the most prominent form of music on the market at the time, Rock N’ Roll. With newfound independence and money available to them, adolescents bought records from their favourite artists like Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Sam Cooke and most importantly to them, Elvis Presley. They identified with songs that were carefree, energetic and what they deemed as meaningful. “ It’s just so limber and loose; it’s really marvelous.” said a young teen girl. Contrary to that belief however, adults thought the complete opposite. A church preacher is quoted saying “I believe with all of my heart that it’s a contributing factor to our juvenile delinquency of today [...] I know of the evil feeling that you feel when you sing it.” Older generations condemned Rock N’ Roll at all sides, with records smashed and radio DJs unable to play certain songs on air. With the music came a style, a style that teens remodeled to help create their

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