Rock ‘n’ Roll: Cars, Convergence and Culture

Wall, Tim and Webber, Nick (2020) Rock ‘n’ Roll: Cars, Convergence and Culture. In: Popular Music and Automobiles. Bloomsbury, pp. 15-32. ISBN 9781501352300

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Abstract

The years between 1955 and 1965 marked a seminal moment for American culture. Traditional narratives have focused on this as a moment of newness – the rise of the teenager, the creation of rock and roll, and the transistor radio, with the car prominent in this picture as a locus of music, and symbol of cultural capital. Yet many elements of this story, especially those reinforcing the car’s centrality, pre-dated their employment in this context.

This chapter argues that the moment of rock ‘n’ roll was less one of newness than one of convergence, bricolage and reappropriation. We consider the histories of the various technological and musical aspects of the construction of rock ‘n’ roll culture, and situate the association of cars and music in a continuum of history. In so doing, we shed light on the social and cultural pressures which drove the gradual convergence of mobility and entertainment.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 9 January 2020
Subjects: P300 Media studies
V300 History by topic
W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA34: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Depositing User: Nick Webber
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2020 08:12
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 11:56
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8918

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