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Awakenings: 50s Teen Scenes

on February 21, 2013

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It was the end of WWII. However, the world felt far from safe: impending war in Korea, frightening talk of Communism, threatening talk of nuclear war. Even amid new fights and threats, post-war America’s priority was family: feeling safe and secure within structured communities.

But, where did that leave the teenager? The teen was between…sandwiched in between child and young adult. In fact, the term ‘teen-ager’ was coined during this time — the 50s, the era where the teens started to hear music about their world, love songs about high school sweethearts, wild parties and fast cars. This was the age of rock ‘n’ roll — the devil’s music of Elvis Presley, the rebelliousness of James Dean. A new culture was born and there was no stopping it!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Long live rock ‘n’ roll!


13 responses to “Awakenings: 50s Teen Scenes

  1. Teepee12 says:

    I was a child in the 1950s, but Garry was growing up, It’s amazing how much the world changed in just a few years.

  2. “Those were the days, my love – we thought they’d never end!!!”
    What about Rock around the Clock, jive and skiffle and circular skirts…you bring it all back!!!!

  3. utesmile says:

    Love the music of the era…… and the Rock and Roll…. 🙂

  4. Aditya says:

    Totally agree, LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL!!! Other than a few artists, I hate the music this generation produces!!!

    • catnipoflife says:

      Me, too! I could not even tell you what is popular today. I have never been into country music but find myself listening more to that style of music rather than what is called ‘popular today. Of course, I still select the oldies but goodies as first choice 😆

  5. bobmielke says:

    I was born in 1949, a byproduct of my dad’s return from WWII. I was a pre-teen when rock & roll broke out in the late 50s’. I didn’t care for Elvis or Tom Jones but really love the Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and Bread. My parents, coming originally from Germany, didn’t approve of the sound of rock so my brother & I discovered stereo headphones & reel-to-reel tape recorders.

  6. bldodson says:

    Yes I remember the ‘Devil Presley.’
    How exciting that was.

  7. Micki Peluso says:

    mid-fifties and 60’s were the best and worst days of my life. If I could time travel, I’ll go back in a nanosecond!!

  8. MakeSomethingMondays says:

    I would love to see what it was like to grow up back then. I can’t even imagine how different it was.

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