Rock on Film

Music and movies have been closely intertwined since the film industry’s early days. As new music genres emerged, they would often be featured in popular films. The emergence of rock music is no exception; many rock songs have been featured and popularized through classic and contemporary films.

Fred Goodman’s Rock on Film: The Movies That Rocked The Big Screen examines the many films released over the years that incorporated rock music. A new addition to the TCM library from Running Press, this book offers an exciting context in relation to the connection between rock music and movies.

Interestingly, this book is structured through a series of original interviews with Cameron Crowe, Jim Jarmush, Penelope Spheeris, Taylor Hackford, and John Waters, exploring how rock has served to influence film directors. Several different films are discussed in this book, including Blackboard Jungle (1955), Jailhouse Rock (1957), A Hard Day’s Night (1964), and more. The book is also supplemented with numerous color and black-and-white photographs, helping to bring the narrative to life.

Rock on Film: The Movies That Rocked The Big Screen is available for purchase via Running Press.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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1 Response to Rock on Film

  1. Sounds interesting! I’d especially like to read about The Blackboard Jungle.

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