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Rock and Roll: The Early Days (1984)

A History of Rock and Roll from its origins up to the early 1960's.


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Credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Little Richard ... Himself (archive footage)
Chuck Berry ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself
Buddy Holly ... Himself (archive footage)
Fabian ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Boone ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Perkins ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Haley ... Himself (archive footage)
The Treniers The Treniers ... Themselves (archive footage)
Big Joe Turner Big Joe Turner ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Allen ... (archive footage)
Paul Anka ... (archive footage)
Milton Berle ... (archive footage)
B.J. Berry B.J. Berry ... Himself - Mayor of Jersey City, NJ (archive footage)


A History of Rock and Roll from its origins up to the early 1960's. Includes performances by Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, The Treniers, Big Joe Turner,and others. Narrated by John Heard. Written by Patrick Montgomery

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1984 (USA) See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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A documentary of rock and roll 1950-60
6 September 2015 | by bgooldSee all my reviews

This film is a must-see for the early history of rock and roll. It has footage you will never see elsewhere. If you are interested in early rock and roll, don't miss it. It is on YouTube under "Mix-Top 10 Greatest Rock Songs 1950." The film of Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and many others is priceless. The commentary is very accurate, and it includes many scenes (such as teenagers rioting in Europe at a Bill Haley concert, and Jerry Lee Lewis being interviewed with his 13 year-old bride) that is incredibly rare. This film will also make you realize that rock and roll was an important catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement. I grew up in the Fifties, and I can tell you that this is the genuine article.

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