2 thoughts on “EXTENSIVE READING

  1. Dear Visi,
    What a good trial. I appreciate it. However, please remember you should have written a “report”. So, write it in the form of a report. It’s good to start this way:
    “The Birth of Rock” deals with the birth of rock ‘n roll. ………….
    Would try doing it once again?

  2. Good morning Sir..
    Following is my assigment for Extensive Reading,

    The Birth of Rock
    (Edward Jay Whetmore)

    The birth of rock and roll began in the conflict between two economic organizations in the American music industry: The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) with Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). ASCAP was formed in 1914 to guarantee that its members received a fee for the playing of their songs. In 1941 it announced a 100 percent fee increase from the radio stations.
    Toward the end of 1941, the radio stations had begun to rely on music provided by new guild of composers. BMI was looking for a new sound. The sound they found was rock and roll. By the mid-1950s powerful force and so was the new sound. Rock and roll had come at a time when young people bored with the mainstream. Youth wanted a sound of its own-something new, different, and vital.
    Rock and roll was actually a blend of country music and rhythm and blues (R&B) that was popular among black people during the early 1950s. But record producers suspected that national white audiences would never idolize a black popular singer, no matter how much they like the R&B beat. In 1954 Sam Phillips who formed Sun Records found Elvis Presley “is a white boy who can sing colored”. Within two years Presley became the Sinatra of the 1950s.
    The father of rock and roll was Alan Freed who had started mixing R&B songs with Al Martino and Frank Sinatra record as early as 1951. It was he who coined the term rock and roll to make R&B palatable to this white audience. Furthermore Freed helped the introduce Bill Haley’s “Rock around the Clock” the first rock and roll single to reach the top charts, was the best selling song of 1955. The pulsating, uninhibited new sound was linked with restless, rebellions youth. In 1956 Elvis had five of the year’s 16 best seller, including the number one and number two records: “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” Many artists like Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, and Bobby Rydell used the dance show as a stepping stone in their careers. Every one of them was teenage idol, all made millions of dollars and were worshiped everywhere they went. But none surpassed Presley; he remained “The King.”
    Another change that happened during 1950s was replaced of the 78-rpm disc with the smaller, more durable 45-rpm records. This helped records and the music to become important part of the youth culture.

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