Rock And Roll's Influence On Teenagers

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As reviewed in class, many adult Americans used to think that Rock and Roll and it’s exponents were a “bad influence” to teenagers back on the days. It is important to point out that many social changes on that time were a result of sociocultural modifications around authority figures like the government, parents, school authorities, etc. With the influence of Rock and Roll, people started to question topics like: religion, politics, social structures and sexual statements and teens showed attitudes against any form of authority that tried to control them.

After World War II, adolescents showed more violent attitudes against social statements at that time. Adolescent delinquency rates grew rapidly. Girls behaved against decency and boys fought against war. At this time, the idea of peace was extremely utopic. Journalists introduced the term “shook up generation” explaining new forms of organization that differ from the traditional family criteria
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But not everything was negative. According to Glenn C. Altschuler, author of All Shook Up,
“ While 31 percent felt their parents talked too much about what they ought to do and never discussed with them what actually happened on dates, 70 percent deemed their moms and dads” just about strict enough”; 33 percent wanted more parental advice than they were getting” (Altschuler, 203, pg. 104.)
On the other hand, there were the good kids, the ones that followed the rules. Many scientists and psychologists describe that both wanted the same: attention from their parents. Then Rock and Roll appeared with strength and made everything easier for society. As we’ve studied in class, Rock and Roll artists danced and sang with a similar style, creating a collective identity. Performers like Elvis were the reason of parents being alarmed by this genre of
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