The Dawn of Rock of Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-'59 ─†the Video

The Class of 1960 was born on September 8, 1954, when most of us entered Oceanside Jr. High School. Just the night before, Alan Freed first picked up a microphone at WINS AM radio in New York, and started a musical and cultural revolution of unprecedented and as yet unsurpassed significance. Thus, like a twin, the birth of our great class has been inexorably associated with the dawn of rock íní roll.

By clicking below, you can view the story of that beginning in an original, 13-minute, music video documentary that was made especially for us in conjunction with our 50-Year Grand Reunion, now available online here for viewing by everyone.

Please note that the video is a big file and may take some time to download, and once it begins to play, the screen will be black, and you will only hear audio for the first 45 seconds until a still image appears followed shortly by the video presentation. So be patient.

If the video frame does not open, you may have to unblock pop-ups on this site, set up Windows (or an alternative) Media Player or download a QuickTime plug-in, for example, if you are using a Firefox browser. Also, you may prefer to view the video in "full screen" mode by clicking on the icon in the lower right corner of the pop-up video frame.

Click here to watch, and enjoy.

After you have enjoyed both reading the thumbnail history presented on the preceding page and viewing the video documentary, then the next logical place for you to visit would be our "Rock 'n' Roll Radio" page where you will be able to read more about your favorite New York DJs of the 1950s, the people who gave us our music and who, in doing so, changed the world forever, Alan Freed, Murray the K and, of course, the incomparable Jocko, the "Ace from Outer Space." There you will find links to individual pages for each of them that will allow you to view their photos and, once again, hear  yes, hear  rare audio of their familiar voices recorded when we were young and listening every day.





Explore the following links, and the countless others they will lead you to, to learn more about (or to hear some of) our early rock 'n' roll music and its great pioneers who were heroes to our generation. But once again, donít forget to come back.



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