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Alan FreedAward winning BBC documentary on the history of rock and roll. Episode 1: Whole Lotta Shakin’. It starts with the innovators of the late-1940s and 1950s: renegade musicians, both black and white, whose blending of musical styles made their work impossible to categorize; record producers with the vision to record it anyway, and the colour-blind disk jockeys who spun these records for audiences that couldn’t figure out – or didn’t care – if the artists were black or white. Longstanding barriers of music, race and class began to buckle to the strains of what ClevelandDJAlan Freed labeled “rock and roll“, a black euphemism for sex. Broadcast on 15 June, 1996.

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