Re: RARA-AVIS: movie music and novelizations (was Kenny Rogers)

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 12 Jul 2002

Mark Sullivan:
> Lucas's American Graffiti came out the same year as Mean Streets, 1973.
> However, Scorsese was already experimenting with the use of pop music in
> film a few years earlier in his first feature, Who's That Knocking At My
> Door? The slipping loop of a doo-wop song makes the rape scene even
> more horrific.
> However, as Scorsese and Lucas have both noted, they owe a huge debt to
> Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising (1964) when it comes to the use of '50s
> pop tunes in film.

Rock around the Clock is playing as the opening credits roll in Blackboard Jungle. That came out in 1955 and is supposedly the first use of rock music in movies. Mark

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