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Irving Louis Burgie: The Legendary Composer behind the 1950s Calypso Craze

Irving Louis Burgie: The Legendary Composer behind the 1950s Calypso Craze Spe CiAl iNTe r Vie W NATHANiel g . Ne Smi TH irving l ouis b urgie: The l egendary Composer behind the 1950s Calypso Craze When most people think of American music of the 1950s, rock ’n’ roll is usually what first comes to mind. it was in many ways the most char- acteristic music of the era. it divided and united cultural and political forces during a time when the civil rights movement was in its early ascendancy; its influence is vast. parents, the mass media, and political leaders (even president e isenhower) took notice of the effect of rock ’n’ roll on teenagers. Teenagers succumbed to its sound and the unique beat as they navigated the racial and sexual politics of the time. r ock ’n’ roll not only inspired a rebellious spirit among teenagers, becoming a major feature of youth culture, but also helped erode long- standing prejudices against blacks. The music was making people dance across the color line—along with other dance crazes of the 1950s. For this reason, among others, rock ’n’ roll is quintessentially the American music of the 1950s. Sociotechnical transformation dynamics associated with rock ’n’ roll (the electric guitar being http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Irving Louis Burgie: The Legendary Composer behind the 1950s Calypso Craze

American Music , Volume 34 (1) – May 27, 2016

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

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Spe CiAl iNTe r Vie W NATHANiel g . Ne Smi TH irving l ouis b urgie: The l egendary Composer behind the 1950s Calypso Craze When most people think of American music of the 1950s, rock ’n’ roll is usually what first comes to mind. it was in many ways the most char- acteristic music of the era. it divided and united cultural and political forces during a time when the civil rights movement was in its early ascendancy; its influence is vast. parents, the mass media, and political leaders (even president e isenhower) took notice of the effect of rock ’n’ roll on teenagers. Teenagers succumbed to its sound and the unique beat as they navigated the racial and sexual politics of the time. r ock ’n’ roll not only inspired a rebellious spirit among teenagers, becoming a major feature of youth culture, but also helped erode long- standing prejudices against blacks. The music was making people dance across the color line—along with other dance crazes of the 1950s. For this reason, among others, rock ’n’ roll is quintessentially the American music of the 1950s. Sociotechnical transformation dynamics associated with rock ’n’ roll (the electric guitar being

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: May 27, 2016

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