Events Of The Year 1952

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The decade of the Fifties gave birth to Rock and Roll. When Bill Haley's Rock Around The Clock became popular in 1952, the nation learned to swing to a whole new sound. But, Rock wasn't the only music of the Fifties. (Rewind the fifties jukebox) Other artists with other songs had folks humming' for much of the decade. Pat Boone, Perry Como and Patti Page - just to mention the "Ps". (Fifties Web) The feel-good innocence of a lot of the Fifties music reflects on the post World War II optimism in America. The young people of the time, an emerging force called teenagers, hadn't struggled through the war years. They were looking for something more exciting. They discovered that vitality in Rock and Roll. During the Fifties both styles of music co-existed quite nicely. Some of the music you associate with the Fifties was actually recorded in the Sixties.
Works by well-known dramatists still held audiences and won new admirers. Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman were written in the 40's but were still very popular in the 50's. Eugene O'Neill finished Long Day's Journey into Night in 1952. Williams wrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Baby Doll. Musicals were very well received. Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Joshua Logan won acclaim with South Pacific in 1952. One of the most emotionally charged plays of 1952 was The Diary of Anne Frank. Dance underwent change during this period. Martha Graham's work influenced dancers worldwide. In 1952, Alvin Ailey created the American Dance Theatre, which featured all-black casts, and dance styles that were culturally based and truly American in style. (1950's Theater-Type Standing Ashtray-Arrows) Radio's influence was still very great as is seen in the rapid growth of Rock and Roll . Music of Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole among others was listened to by people carrying small transistor radios. Music could be heard in any location because it was now portable.
Pollock. There was a fresh artistic outlook after World War II ended and the artistic world reflected this outlook. Abstract expressionism like Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning , Clyfford Still and Franz Klinereceived official recognition at the New York Museum of Modern Art . These artists, referred to as the New York School, were generally experimental. (Works of Art) Other abstract artists rebelled against the self-absorption of the New York School and delved into existentialism.

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