One of the social phenomena of our time (1960s) has been the popularization of a kind of music among the youth known as rock 'n' roll. It was the intent of this study to determine if the medium of rock did, in fact, maintain a posture of promulgating unchastity, the use of drugs and departure from traditional concepts of family and religion.
Supported by statements from leading rock musicians it was found that the big beat had a cultural root in the Negroid race. Coupling the big beat gospel rhythms of the south with the white country and western music, there was a mixing of black and white races musically.
Rock's appeal was found to be visceral, sensual and focused on sex sensation. Added to psychedelic art, the rock medium supported philosophies of rebellion, dissent and anti-Christian principles. A survey of LDS students revealed that over 50 percent held an attitude of approval toward rock music.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Balmforth, E. Lynn, "A Study of Rock Music to Determine its Declared Position Relative to Unchastity, the Use of Drugs and the Departure from Traditional Concepts of Family and Religion" (1971). Theses and Dissertations. 4499.