Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped a Generation

Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped a Generation

Marc Fisher

A sweeping, anecdotal account of the good sounds and voices of radio–and the way it grew to become a bonding agent for a new release of yankee youth

When tv turned the following gigantic factor in broadcast leisure, everybody figured video may kill the radio star–and radio, interval. yet radio got here roaring again with an entire new notion. The conflict used to be over, the infant growth used to be on, the rustic used to be in clover, and a daring new beat used to be giving the syrupy songs of yesteryear a run for his or her cash. upload transistors, forty five rpm documents, and a tender guy named Elvis to the combo, and the end result used to be the proper hurricane that rocked, rolled, and reinvented radio.

Visionary marketers like Todd Storz pioneered the head forty proposal, which united a new release. however it took trendsetting “disc jockeys” like Alan Freed, Murray the ok, Wolfman Jack, Cousin Brucie, and their fast-talking, too-cool-for-school opposite numbers around the land to show time, temperature, and an identical impossible to resist hit tunes performed many times into the ever present sound tune of the fifties and sixties. the pinnacle forty sound broke via racial obstacles, galvanized coming-of-age little ones (and scandalized their puzzled parents), and supplied the insistent, inescapable backbeat for instances that have been a-changin’.

Along with rock-and-roll track got here the perspective that might actually switch the “voice” of radio eternally, through the likes of raconteur Jean Shepherd, who captivated his unswerving following of “Night People”; the inimitable Bob Fass, whose groundbreaking Radio Unnameable inaugurated the anything-goes free-form variety that might come to outline the choice frontier of FM; and a small-time best forty deejay who might eventually locate nationwide status as a political talk-show host named Rush Limbaugh.

From Hunter Hancock, who driven past the bounds of Fifties racial segregation with rhythm and blues and hepcat patter, to Howard Stern, who blew via the entire limits with a blue streak of outrageous on-air antics; from the heyday of summer season songs that united carefree listeners to the latter days of political speak that divides contentious callers; from the haze of vintage rock to the most recent craze in hip-hop, Something within the Air chronicles the intense evolution of the original and undying medium that captured our hearts and minds, shook up our souls, tuned in–and became on–our awareness, and went from being written off to rewriting the foundations of popular culture.

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