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A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. This is a typical morality play of the era, filled with a naive view of drugs, nihilistic beat poetry, and some incredible '50s slang.
John Drew Barrymore
This should be titled "Try to Rock" or "Where is the Rock?". Julius LaRosa is a ballad singer whose record sales are slumping due to his stubborn dislike of the new sound. His manager(Conrad Janis) and song writing girlfriend(Phyllis Newman) do their best to convince him to try singing rock 'n' roll.
The other performers are not great examples of the art form, because they too are not really rocking. Artists Paul Anka and Della Reese are pretty tame. DJ Wink Martindale comes across lame trying to swing out. Roy Hamilton's upbeat blues was marvelous. Danny & the Juniors and the Royal Teens are on target as a sign of the times.
Note: Sure, Elvis is in the Army, but rock 'n' roll did not dry up and disappear. This could have been a whole lot better.
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