1944 January 28

Boogie-Woogie Does Not Cause Delinquency!

 

On this day, 500 teenagers at a public forum mocked the idea that boogie-woogie music caused delinquency. (They did not comment on whether it cures acne.) Symphony conductor Arthur Rodzinsky had warned about the bad influence of boogie-woogie. The forum was one of a series of planned forums organized by The New York Times. The teenagers also discussed delinquency, mixed marriages and war work.

In the 1950s, many conservatives believed that rock and roll would lead to delinquency and moral breakdowns (see, for example, May 22, 1955). Earlier, in the 1920s there were efforts to ban jazz from the radio because it was “degrading.” See March 14, 1928.

Learn more: Eric Nuzum, Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (2001)

Watch Meade Lux Lewis play 1940s boogie woogie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pAJEC_kcpc

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