Rock and Roll music greatly influenced the youth of America.
This paper will address the many ways that rock and roll has influenced the youth of America, through their actions, their speech, and through the way they live their lives. This paper will discuss different rock bands such as the Beatles and the impact they had on America and America's youth. For many years the public has been attempting to blame rock bands and the rock culture for "corrupting" the youth of America and this paper will address that issue as well as prove that this is not the case. Rock and Roll started to emerge in the 1950's. During this time there was much emphasis on the family life, life was centered on the family and any sign of dysfunction was kept private. This was also a time when people were taught to be part of a group and conform. If someone was to stand out it was considered wrong or "weird" because it defied the accepted social norm. Television also helped to contribute to this with shows such as "Leave it to Beaver" which depicted what the "normal" family should be like and how the children should act. The youth at this time was taught to obey authority and to ask no questions. It was beliefs like these that led to the birth of rock and roll. Rock and roll was something that defied the social norms and gave people a voice against authority. Rock and roll caused the youth to rebel against suburbia and destroy the 50's style of conformity. Because of this, rock music started to become more and more controversial as time went on. It was looked at as something that corrupted America's youth when in reality the youth was already corrupt by being forced to believe that conformity is the best thing possible. Rock and roll caused the youth to become free-thinkers and to challenge the social norms and to have their own voice and opinions. Rock music began to get stronger and stronger through the years due to artists such as Jerry Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley.