You are listening to Processing the Past, the podcast with your host Isabella.
In this episode of Processing the Past we will discuss: 1950s, and what happened.
Segment 1: Music https://www.thepeoplehistory.com/50smusic.html
-Jazz starts to decline in popularity
-Rock n Roll is the new “ thing” and is seen almost everywhere
-It dominated the 1950s/ Rock n roll did originate from Jazz and many African American artists
-Rock n Roll did resemble teenage rebellion and was really popular for that age range
-Elvis kind of popped out of nowhere but was an instant hit, especially for the ladies
, a black woman blues singer
-Buddy Holly & Jerry Lee Lewis famous Rock musicians
-Buddy Holly’s name also featured in more recent band “Weezer” as a semi-ironic song using his name as the title as well as in the song
Segment 2: Fashion
-A big celebratory end of World War II!!
due to this as well and was an adjustment from such a difficult time
-All types of jackets were pretty popular during this time as many artists like Elvis wore this style on stage
-The brand Dior did have many pieces that were very popular during this era, that highlighted elegance and extravagance
-There were dresses for daywear and nightwear which wasnt always a thing
-I like dior perfumes their bottles are epic and smell pretty good
-And now in certain times and places slacks were acceptable for women to wear, not like before when some were literally jailed for wearing slacks which I will never get. come a long way, and still have more to go but society has improved since the 50s.
Segment 3: Art
-Each decade of art never failed to impress me
-There is one painting that pretty meaningful called “our land”
-Charles White the painter displays a black woman implied to be a slave holding a pitchfork,
-Mind you, this was in the 50s, and as a black artist it could have been really difficult to display this without tons of hate and mixed feelings as well as controversy.
talking about this sort of topic is called “ sharecropper” by Elizabeth Catlett is a black and white stoic-type peice that is very serious but symbolizes slavery and I really admire the artists for doing more meaningful art to share with others.