Rock N Roll Is Born (DVD)
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The birth of rock & roll was no accident - but a vital moment in the music's history occurred by chance. This DVD brings to life that remarkable moment and many others, told in vivid detail by people who were there when Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" helped to ignite a cultural revolution. The storytellers include two of the original Comets who played on the record: Marshall Lytle and, in the last interview before his death, Johnny Grande. Their history is illuminated by rare archive footage, including 8mm film shot by Ralph Jones, the Comets' drummer from 1955-1960. There are also performances of "Crazy Man, Crazy" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" by the original Comets taken from the little-seen 1954 rock 'n' roll featurette, 'Round-Up of Rhythm' plus "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" from The Ed Sullivan Show. Recollections by Pat Boone, second only to Elvis Presley as the biggest-selling artist of the 1950s, and Cleve Duncan, lead vocalist of the Penguins, place rock & roll in context. Alongside these and many other contributions is the first-hand recall of Peter Ford, son of Hollywood legend Glenn Ford. A chance hearing of Peter's copy of "Rock Around The Clock" inspired movie director Richard Brooks to use the song in "Blackboard Jungle," which he was making with Glenn Ford at the time. The film's subsequent success brought rock & roll to the eyes and ears of the world, and placed Bill Haley and the Comets at the heart of the most exciting, influential music of the 20th century. The 1 hour 20 minute documentary features all of all the classic Bill Haley and His Comets original recordings re-mastered in 5.1 surround sound, including "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock", "See You Later Alligator", "Rock The Joint", "Razzle Dazzle" and "Hook, Line and Sinker". Plus performances of "The Great Pretender" by The Platters and "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard. Extras include bonus interview footage with Pat Boone, Marshall Lytle, Johnny Grande, Cleve Duncan and Jamie Farr.
- Rock 'N' Roll Is Born