Today, dear reader, is the day, dear reader, that the proclaimed King of Rock 'n' Roll was born.
Who hasn't heard of Elvis Presley? No one. Groovy! Oh, I know, we've discussed Elvis Presley's favorite foods previously on this blog, however, did you know, there is also a person touted as the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll? His name is drum roll... Alan Freed.
But Hey, you're not here to learn about the Birth of Rock and Roll Music. I'm thinking you're here for some jammin' food; quick.
No, I didn't create that warning sign all by myself. It came enclosed in this:
...The generous souls who have contributed their favorite recipes to this collection agree. We have feasted on their musical delights--now here is the chance to sample some tasty culinary morsels from the world of Rock 'n' Roll. These stars are sharing their ultimate dishes with us to support the efforts of Phoenix House, which runs drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers worldwide, and a portion of the royalties generated by sales of the book will be given to this deserving charity...Thankfully, the recipe contributed by my personal favorite; Don Henley, is considered safe to eat, albeit a bit lengthy. If you want to really see the recipe, you're going to have to click on the image. Let me give you a taste of Don Henley's interpretation of the brief history of chili.
As the responses came in, it became obvious that some contributors had a greater sense of humor than culinary expertise, and that they should continue to do their cooking on the stage or in the studio! So we have designed a warning symbol for those recipes whose results tended toward the dubious or the inedible...
Next up we have a "recipe" from Jim Cregan. Heed the Warning.
And, last but not least, House of Schock Crab Cakes contributed by Gina Schock.
Don't get me wrong, there are a host of other recipes in Rock 'n' Roll Cuisine but, to be perfectly honest, many of them are simply illegible. I must admit though, it sure is a unique book!!! (or is that an unique book?)
...It all started back in the mid-fifties. A strange new synergy of rhythm & blues, soul, jazz, harmony, black & white gospel, and country & western music took hold of the younger North American generation. This music snared their senses with a rhythm, back beat, energy and tribal passion they had never before encountered. It's initial appeal was to middle class white teenagers who soon came to feel it was their own. Perhaps it was -- their parents hated it. In this era, so called "race music" was largely censured by America's white establishment as being too rebellious, sexual and anti-social to be acceptable. To the ears and eyes of the elder generation, this new music style or "rock 'n' roll" as it came to be known, was nothing less than evil incarnate. (The term "rock 'n' roll was first coined by disc jockey Alan Freed who featured the music on his radio programs in the early fifties)...(source)Alan Freed's career began to plummet by the time I was a teenager in the 60s so I don't recall much about him. I do however remember American Bandstand with Dick Clark. Okay, confession time. We weren't permitted to watch American Bandstand at our house when I was a kid. My father was adamantly against the style of "rock and roll" dancing.
Whether it's a Rock n' Roll BBQ or Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake, Rock 'n' Roll Cuisine is here to stay. enjoy:)
1. The Man Who Named "Rock'n'Roll"
2. In the Museum: Disc Jockey Alan Freed @ YouTube
3. Most Influential Rock 'n' Roll Artists
4. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
5. "Nifty Fifties" Rice Pudding Recipe
6. Nifty '50s Ice-Cream Cone Cakes from Betty Crocker
7. Quick Links Elvis Presley (previous unchecked post:)