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Hairspray in Context: Race, Rock 'n Roll and Baltimore   Tags: special collections  

An online examination of the real events that inspired the John Waters movie and musical.
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Introduction

The Buddy Dean Show, a local Baltimore teen dance show, is memorialized in the John Water's film and musical, Hairspray. The story revolves around the successful attempt by white and black Baltimore teens in 1962 to integrate a teen dance show, The Corny Collins Show. The truth is starker....The rise of teen dance shows in the late 50s and early 60s signaled a dramatic cultural shift in musical taste for teens from the big band sound of the 1940s so popular with their parent, to rock and roll. More importantly, teen dance shows introduced black music, musicians and singers to a white audience who were living in an increasingly racially integrated world. Modified forms of dances popular with black teens also slipped into these shows. Some die-hard segregationists were so distressed at this development that they circulated flyers warning parents about saving the white youth of America by not buying or even listening to race music - negro records. - Professor Taunya Banks.

 

Videos

The videos presented here were originally recorded in 2003 as part of the University of Maryland School of Law's Linking Arts and the Law Series.

Introduction : University of Maryland School of Law Dean, Karen Rothenberg. (about)

Hairspray in Context: Race, Rock 'n Roll and Baltimore: Professor Taunya Banks. (about)

Hairspray in Context: Questions and Answers with Professor Banks and Ms. Marie Fischer Cooke, Class of 1985 (and former Buddy Deane Show Committee Member).

 

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