The End of Alan Freed

American Music Season 2, Ep 3 07/15/2014 Views: 6,164

Rock 'n' roll DJ Alan Freed organizes a concert in Boston, but the event quickly turns violent when the crowd becomes restless. (2:33)

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]