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Off KeyWhen Film and Music Won't Work Together$
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Kay Dickinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.001.0001

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♦ ♦ “The Motion Picture You’re About to See Is a Story of Music”: The Migration of Cinema into Rock ’n’ Roll

♦ ♦ “The Motion Picture You’re About to See Is a Story of Music”: The Migration of Cinema into Rock ’n’ Roll

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Off Key
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Kay Dickinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.003.0003

This chapter focuses on rock 'n' roll films in the U.S. during the mid-1950s. The story lines of these films, often starring and largely made for teenagers, revolved around the music industry with a heavy weighting of musical performances in clubs and television studios, particularly toward the films' denouements. It attempts to explain the reasons behind the popularity of these films and analyzes the film cycle amid in the context of contemporary practices of labor, exploitation, consumer citizenship and decentralization. It also discusses the decentralization and diversification of the media industries and the question of teenage leisure expenditure.

Keywords:   rock n roll films, United States, teenagers, music industry, musical performances, film cycle, labor, exploitation, consumer citizenship, media industries

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