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  • 07/15/2014
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DJ Alan Freed popularizes rock 'n' roll, Kris Kristofferson follows his dream of becoming a songwriter, and Sylvia Robinson produces "Rapper's Delight." (21:14)

AND HE GOES FROM CLEVELANDTO NEW YORK,

AND HE'S LIKE, LET METELL YOU ABOUT CHUCK BERRY.

LET ME TELL YOUABOUT LITTLE RICHARD.

LET ME TELL YOUABOUT FATS DOMINO.

AND HIS SHOWIS PIPED TO EUROPE.

IT HAS BEEN SAID IT'S THEFIRST TIME THAT THE BEATLES

HEAR ROCK AND ROLL,IS ON ALAN FREED'S RADIO SHOW.

[bad British accent]HEY, THERE, PAUL.

THIS IS PRETTY GOOD.

MAYBE WE SHOULD DO THIS.

[normal voice]NEXT THING YOU KNOW,

IT'S, LIKE, THE BEATLES.

HE PUT TOGETHER A SHOWIN BOSTON,

AND THE KIDSARE GETTING ROWDY,

AND THE COPS IN BOSTON,THEY'RE LIKE,

NO, THIS IS NOT OKAY.

SO THEN ALAN FREEDGETS ONSTAGE,

AND HE'S LIKE,KIDS, IT'S GONNA BE FUN.

WE'RE GONNA HAVEA GOOD TIME.

WE'RE GONNA ROCKAND ROLL TONIGHT.

ROCK AND ROLL,ROCK AND ROLL, ROCK AND ROLL!

AND THEN THEY'RE LIKE,EVERYONE,

WE'RE TURNING THE LIGHTS ON.

ALAN FREED MAKESTHIS OFFHAND REMARK.

HE'S LIKE, YOU KNOW,I GUESS THE BOSTON COPS

JUST DON'T WANT YOU GUYSTO HAVE ANY FUN.

IT BECOMES A TOTAL DISASTER,BAD-NEWS THING.

IT'S, LIKE, ALMOSTA RIOT BREAKS OUT,

AND THEN THEY HAVETO SHUT THE THING DOWN.

OUTSIDE THE VENUE THAT NIGHT,THERE WERE SOME STABBINGS,

AND THERE WAS SOMEVIOLENT [bleep] THAT WENT DOWN.

THEY ACCUSED HIMOF INCITING A RIOT,

AND HE HAD TO DEFEND HIMSELFAND SAY,

YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T DO--I WAS JUST HAVING A CONCERT.

BUT HIS JOB,HIS BOSSES AT W.I.N.S.,

WERE LIKE,NO, THIS IS TOO CONTROVERSIAL.

YOU KNOW WHAT?THIS GUY IS--

CAN'T--GOT TO GO.

HE WENT ON THE AIR,AND HE WAS LIKE,

LOOK, I'M SORRY.I'M SAD.

BUT I'M GOING OFF THE AIR,SO THANKS FOR ALL THESE YEARS,

BUT MY ERA IS OVER.

AND THEN HE PUT ONTHIS RECORD,

SO LONG BY FATS DOMINO.

IT WAS REALLY THE ENDOF HIS REIGN AS THE GUY,

AND HE LEFT THE STATION.

- ♪ SO LONG

- AND WHEN HE GOES DOWN,AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STATION,

ALL THESE FANSARE DOWN THERE,

AND THEY'RE LIKE,OH, MY GOD, YOU CAN'T LEAVE!

WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?

WHAT ARE WE GONNA DOWITHOUT YOU?

AND HE WAS LIKE,YOU KNOW WHAT?

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME.IT'S ABOUT ROCK AND ROLL.

AND ROCK AND ROLLWILL ALWAYS BE HERE,

AND NOTHING WILL STOP THAT.

AND SO ROCK AND ROLLWILL NEVER DIE,

AND ROCK AND ROLLHAS GONE ON.

ROCK AND ROLLIS BASICALLY ABOUT, LIKE,

GETTING UP THEREAND BEING LIKE, [bleep] IT,

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

LIKE, IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO SAY,

I DON'T GIVE A [bleep].

YOU HAVE TO [bleep]SHOW IT.

[screams]

AT COLUMBIA RECORDS,

AND THEN HIS MOTHER WRITES HIMA LETTER--

YOUR HERO, JOHNNY CASH,IS A DRUG ADDICT,

AND OF COURSE HE SINGSAT SAN QUENTIN

AND FOLSOM RIGHT NOW,

BECAUSE A JAILBIRDSINGS WITH JAILBIRDS,

SO WE HAVE NOW OFFICIALLYDISOWNED YOU.

I HOPE SOMEHOW YOU COMETO YOUR SENSES,

'CAUSE YOU'RE NOTA SONGWRITER.

SORRY, KRIS.YOU'RE DONE.

AND HE FELT LIKEA GIANT FAILURE.

HE'S A [bleep] JANITOR.

AND THEN ONE DAYJOHNNY CASH COMES IN.

HE'S LIKE, WHO IN THE WORLDIS IN THERE RIGHT NOW

CHANGING THE ASHTRAYSWITH THOSE BROWN--

WITH THE INCREDIBLEBLUE EYES?

WELL, IT'S KRIS.WHO IS HE?

HIS MOM JUST DISOWNED HIMBECAUSE YOU'RE HIS HERO.

AND KRIS WAS IN THERECHANGING THE ASHTRAYS,

AND JOHNNY CASH COMES INAND SAYS,

WELL, IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO GETA LETTER FROM HOME, AIN'T IT?

AND KRIS CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

HE'S LIKE, YEAH.

BUT THEY BONDED OVER IT,

BECAUSE HE WAS PASSIONATEAND HE HAD HIS DREAM.

I'M GONNA QUIT ALL THIS,

AND I WANT TO PURSUEAN ARTIST'S LIFE.

SO HE QUIT.

KRIS IS STARVING.HE HAS NO MONEY.

HE'S NOW WRITINGTHESE SONGS.

AND THEN KRIS, SO FRUSTRATED,AND HE HAS ONE SONG.

IT'S ABOUT THAT FEELINGTO BE ON A SUNDAY

WHEN THE BARS DON'T OPEN,

AND IT'S CALLED SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN.

IT'S A THAT FEELING,LONELINESS

AND NOBODY BELIEVING IN YOUBUT YOU

AND WISHING,LORD, THAT I WAS STONED,

'CAUSE THERE AIN'T NOTHINGIN A SUNDAY

THAT MAKES A BODYFEEL ALONE.

SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWNWAS THE SONG KRIS KNEW

WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL.

HOW CAN I GET MY SONGTO JOHNNY CASH

AND MAKE AN IMPACT?

SO, FOR JOHNNY,

KRIS LANDED A HELICOPTERIN HIS LAWN

TO GIVE HIM THIS SONG.

SOME FOOL'S LANDINGIN OUR YARD WITH A HELICOPTER

RIGHT OUT OF THE SKY.

HE REALLY LISTENED TO THE SONG,

AND THE SONG WENTTO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR JOHNNY,

BECAUSE HE UNDERSTOOD IT.

HE UNDERSTOOD THE ISOLATIONAND THE LONELINESS

AND WISHING,LORD, THAT HE WAS STONED.

EXCUSE ME.- YOU'RE FINE.

- [burps]

THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

I'M GONNA MAKE A HIP-HOP ALBUMNO MATTER WHAT.

UH, WHERE'S MY SON AT?

SHE GETS HER SON.

SHE GOES, TAKE METO ANYBODY WHO CAN RAP

AND RHYME OVER MUSIC.

TAKE ME TO THEM.

AND HE'S LIKE, UH...

WELL, I KNOWA RAPPING PIZZA GUY.

HER SON TAKES HER SON TAKES HERTO THE CRISPY CRUST PIZZA SHOP

WHERE THEY HAVETHE RAPPING PIZZA GUY.

HEY, THIS IS BIG BANK HANK,THE RAPPING PIZZA GUY.

SHE GOES,HEY, I HEAR YOU CAN RAP.

OH, YEAH, I CAN RAP.CAN YOU DO A BEATBOX?

- [beatboxing]

- NO, COME ON.[beatboxing]

- [beatboxing]

- LIKE "F."LIKE THE LETTER "F."

- [beatboxing]

- THERE YOU GO.NOW, MAKE IT A BEAT.

- [beatboxing]

- ♪ SOMETIMESI WEAR A VEST ♪

♪ AND I'LL NEVER STOP RHYMING ♪

♪ 'CAUSE I'LL NEVERSTOP TIMING ♪

♪ ALL DAY

♪ I KEEP REMINDING

♪ ALL MY FRIENDS OF...

[laughs]

LOOK, I'M GONNA MAKEA RAP ALBUM.

YOU SHOULD BE ON IT.

WHO ELSEDO YOU WANT TO BRING IN?

BIG BANK HANK IS LIKE,UH, I'LL TRY TO--

YOU KNOW,LET ME THINK OF SOME GUYS,

AND HE THINKSOF A COUPLE GUYS

WHO ARE, LIKE,IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

HE BROUGHT IN WONDER MIKEAND MASTER G,

BUT HE HIMSELFDIDN'T HAVE ANY RAPS,

SO HE WENT TO A GUYNAMED GRANDMASTER CAZ.

AND HE GOES,HEY, GRANDMASTER CAZ,

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