Continuity and Discontinuity: The Fifties
The 1950s came to a close with cool jazz and hard bop vying for fame, with the end of gospel's golden age, with the New Criticism and neoclassicism continuing to influence the concert-hall activity of black composers, and with R&B and rock ‘n’ roll in decline in the wake of Little Richard's retirement to the ministry, Chuck Berry's two-and-a-half-year prison sentence on morals charges, and the rise of the vapid and diluted croonings of singers such as Pat Boone and others of his generation of rock ‘n’ roll stylists. The author concludes that it would take a revolution to revive the African American musical tradition.
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