Brackett, Chapter 24 (pp. 120-22): The Chicago Defender Defends Rock ‘n’ Roll
Article: “Bias Against ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Latest Bombshell in Dixie”

1.    Who was Asa Carter?

2.    What was Carter’s general opinion regarding the effect of rock ‘n’ roll on the morality of America’s youth?

3.    The article includes many inflammatory public statements made by Carter. Identify at least one of these as an example.

4.    How is this topic especially relevant to this particular newspaper during this era? (You might find it useful to do a quick online search of the paper title.)

5.    Keeping in mind the date of publication, how does this particular discussion of rock ‘n’ roll relate to racial integration?

Brackett, Chapter 25 (pp. 123-29): The Music Industry Fight Against Rock ‘n’ Roll

1.    Who was Dick Clark, and why does he hold such a significant place in the history of American popular music?

2.    Describe the typical audience of the television show American Band Stand in its early days.

3.    What kind of music was being performed, and by whom?

4.    What is “payola” and why was it considered problematic in the music industry?

5.    What was Clark’s role in the so-called “payola scandal”?

6.    How did he benefit from taking payola?
Article 2: “Mr. Clark and Colored Payola”
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1.    Dick Clark and Alan Freed hosted similar music shows. What was the big difference between the two?

2.    What does the author suggest regarding payola and the obvious racial segregation of American Band Stand in its early years?