Alan Freed Alan Freed was born December 16, 1922 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He was considered the most the most famous Disc Jockey (DJ) in rock ‘n roll history, however, controversy encircled the man and he relieved lots of criticism especially from white adults during his career. I think that Alan Freed greatly helped shape the sound of music today and further advanced the progression of rock music. He is the person who coined the term ‘Rock & Roll’ and also put up with a lot of nonsense regarding the term. At the time ‘Rock & Roll’ was an urban african american term for sex, I think Alan realized that the popular white culture would be turned off by the term R&B, which was mainly associated with black artists, so he decided to give it a different name and expose that style of music to the general public. His radio name and nickname was ‘Moondog’.
These were also the names of his non-segregated concerts in which black and white teenagers came to listen to good rock & roll regardless of the singer’s color. Moondog Balls were very popular and drew much criticism from white parents. At the first Moondog Ball over 25, 000 kids, mostly white, showed up in the March of 1925 in Cleveland. I believe that what Freed did was good as far as opening people up to racially diverse music and not really listening to what the media had to say about it, including things like he was promoting ‘jungle music’, which negatively referred to African-American music. After his DJ career in Cleveland, Freed transferred to a larger radio station, WINS, in New York City. This was a good move because it gave him the opportunity to expose larger masses of people to his non-racially censored music.
Research Proposal: The Social Realities of Rock 'n' Roll's Birth and the Teenager The story of the birth of rock 'n' roll has a mythical quality to it. It speaks of racial barriers bridged through the fusion of Afro-American musical styles with white popular music in 1950 s America. Not only did white record producers and radio disc jockeys market Afro-American artists, but white artists began to ...
Freed was against what we recalled ‘white covers’. White covers were black songs that were re-made by a white artist so they could be played on the larger, more popular white radio stations because these radio stations were not supposed to play songs by blacks. I think this further promoted non-segregated music during the ’50’s and helped blacks win civil rights in general due to the fact that Freed was showing that black music wasn’t bad or immoral and could be played on mainstream radio stations. Due to his non-racist attitude, he gained many enemies in the music industry and the media, though most of his enemies were big shot record company executives. He refused to play white covers and I believe this was an awesome stand he had because so many young people looked up to him and enjoyed listening to his radio programs. Some of his enemies were involved in the accusation that Freed relieved ‘payola’ during his career, which I believe was just an excuse to try to get him fired so the air-waves would be clean of his non-racist program.
Payola was a term that referred to a DJ’s acceptance of money for the favor of playing their song on the radio. Though Freed refused to sign a paper asserting that he never relieved any payola, I don’t think he was the type of person who would do such a thing regularly anyway, like most DJ’s of the time did. However, he was charged with twenty-six counts of commercial bribery, which was a good way to get him off of the radio. This accusation basically ruined his career which was a shame because he was one of the first real good DJ’s. Alan completely denied the accusations stating that although he never accepted a bribe, he also never played a record he didnt like. I think for the most part this statement was true especially that he never played a record he didn’t like.
The Perpetuation of Negative Images of African Americans through Mass Media Why as white people have we been lulled into thinking its safe to be around other white people. Why have we been taught since birth that it's the people of that other color we need to fear? They " re the ones that will slit your throat (Moore 57). The mass media has played and will continue to play a crucial role in the ...
Nevertheless, he was fired from his job where he was broadcasting and recording from his home and his reputation rapidly declined. However, he still is considered the most popular DJ in Rock &Roll history and is acknowledged for crediting that term. Alan Freed died January 20 th, 1965 at the age of 42, crushed and broke, it’s almost sad how this notorious’ DJ’s life ended.