Episode 1: The Precursors

The show opens in New York City at the end of World War 2. We discuss social, technological, and economic forces that converge in the early postwar years: the Baby Boom generation and its impact, the rise of the American middle class, technological advances in radio and recording.

In the early Fifties, “Race Records” (Rhythm & Blues records by African American musicians) start becoming popular with white American Teens.

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