The preliminaries are over and now we’re well into the first flower of rock and roll as we talk with Ed Ward about 1955 and 1956. These are the years when the “American Prometheus” brought forth Elvis Presley, when Chuck Berry culturally appropriated Western Swing for his first hit and Hollywood shocked the masses with the first rock and roll movies.
As always we’ll touch on the non-musical factors that made all this possible -- changing demographics and new musical formats -- as well as a few outside factors that slowed down, but couldn’t stop, this musical revolution.
As always you can read all about it in Ed Ward's epic History of Rock & Roll part 1.
Let It Roll is a series of in-depth interviews with music writers like Ed Ward, Robert Gordon, Paul Trynka, Peter Doggett, Elijah Wald and more.