I remember when | Neil, 1954


Rock and Roll was considered evil when it first hit the music scene in the 1950s. Before Elvis really took off there was Bill Haley and His Comets with their hit Rock Around the Clock in 1954. Because listening to rock and roll was so frowned upon, a friend from school had to sneak in their record and we listened to it in the library. I was about 13 and thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever heard. Of course we got caught by the teacher but I don’t remember getting punished for it. Two years later in 1956 the film Rock Around the Clock came to our local Odeon cinema in Concorde West so I went along with a few mates. Because of all the hype surrounding the film and the supposed effect rock and roll had on young people they had police standing in the aisles of the cinema. It got a bit rowdy and a few kids were dancing but mostly they just watched the film.


If you have a story to tell we’d love to hear it! Submissions can be made at submissions@lilajeanvintage.com

Originally published in Lila Jean Vintage Magazine Issue One | December 2014


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s