Rock 'n Gender Roles

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photoRock music has always meant rebellion, but music critic Tim Riley says that when it comes to the question of gender, rock music, more than almost any other medium, pushed the boundaries of sexual politics in profound ways. Rock 'n' roll, he says, made us better men and women, better parents, better partners, and better citizens.

Hear music critic Tim Riley talk about how a generation of rock 'n' roll — from Elvis to Tina Turner to Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen — challenged how American men and women looked at gender, looked at each other, and looked at themselves.


Tim Riley, author of "Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America"

This program aired on September 17, 2004.


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