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The Nicest Kids in Town

Matt Delmont, Author

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Notes for The Emergence of Dick Clark and American Bandstand

[i] Jackson, American Bandstand, 2-7.
[ii] Ibid., 30-32.
[iii] On the protests against rock and roll, see Ward, Just My Soul Responding, 90-113; Altschuler, All Shock Up, 39, 72-77; Linda Martin and Kerry Seagrave, Anti-Rock: The Opposition to Rock ‘n’ Roll (New York: Da Capo Press, 1993), 41-43; “Segregation Wants Ban on ‘Rock and Roll,’” New York Times, March 30, 1956; George Leonard, “Music or Madness?” Look, June 26, 1956, p. 48; “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Time, July 23, 1956, p. 34; “White Council vs. Rock and Roll,” Newsweek, April 23, 1956. On white citizens councils, see Neil McMillen, The Citizens' Council: Organized Resistance to the Second Reconstruction, 1954-64 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).
[iv] On the moral panic over juvenile delinquency, see James Gilbert, A Cycle of Outrage: America’s Reaction to the Juvenile Delinquent in the 1950s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986); Thomas Doherty, Teenagers and Teenpics: The Juvenilization of American Movies in the 1950s (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002), 54-82; and David Hadju, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008). On moral panics and youth more broadly, see Joel Best, Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990); Gerard Jones, Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence (New York: Basic Books, 2003); and John Springhall, Youth, Popular Culture, and Moral Panics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999).
[v] Dick Clark and Richard Robinson, Rock, Roll and Remember (New York: Popular Library, 1976), 71.
[vi] Jackson, American Bandstand, 40.
[vii] Clark, Rock Roll and Remember, 71.
[viii] Ibid., 82.
[ix] Jackson, American Bandstand, 41.
[x] Ibid., 50.
[xi] Christopher Anderson, “Disneyland,” in Television: The Critical View, Sixth Edition, ed. Horace Newcomb (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), 20.
[xii] Quoted in Anderson, “Disneyland,” 21; Herman Land, “ABC: An Evaluation,” Television Magazine, December 1957, p. 94.
[xiii] “The Official Bandstand Yearbook 1957,” [no publication information listed], in author’s possession.
[xiv] Jackson, American Bandstand, 52.
[xv] Harry Harris, “WFIL’s ‘Bandstand’ Goes National—Not Without Some Strain,” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 1957; Jackson, American Bandstand, 66.
[xvi] Bob Bernstein, “‘Bandstand’ Sociology But Not Entertainment,” Billboard, August 12, 1957, p. 48.
[xvii] J.P. Shanley, “TV: Teen-Agers Only,” New York Times, August 6, 1957, p. 42.
[xviii] Lawrence Laurent, “If It’s Keen to Teens It Goes on Television,” The Washington Post, August 10, 1957.
[xix] George Pitts, “TV’s ‘American Bandstand’ a Noisy Menagerie!,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 12, 1958.
[xx] Jackson, American Bandstand, 67-68.
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