Only one of the dances associated with 1950s rock’n’roll has the distinction of being British, the ‘hand jive’. In 1957 when filmmaker Ken Russell was a freelance photographer, he recorded the teenagers of Soho, London hand-jiving in the basement of The Cat’s Whisker coffee bar, where the hand-jive was invented by Leon Bell of Leon Bell and the Bell […]
1975 Vierzon, France 01.07.1976 Dutch tv pop show ‘TopPop’ 1978 St. Helier Arms, Carshallton, London
For those who saw ‘Ghost World’ (2001), one of the most interesting scenes of this excellent film was its opening scene which is simply a performance of the song ‘jan pehchan ho’ by Indian singer Mohammed Rafi taken lock, stock and barrel from an earlier Bollywood film ‘Gumnam’ (1965). ‘jan pehchan ho’ is a Hindustani […]
12.04.1981 on ‘Les Nouveau Rendez-vous’ tv programme.
Here’s a students’ animation project from 2015 (LISAA, Paris). For those who don’t understand French this is the story : two guys at an American diner discuss how to atract girls, the answer is a rock’n’roll guitar …
Elvis’s singing style has been cloned to death countless times even during the 1950s, but not so Gene Vincent who also had a distinct style (Gene Rambo and the Flames ‘my little mama’ in 1957). Gene’s heyday was 1956-64, mostly with the Bluecaps in the States then in England and France in the early 1960s. […]