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