Yesterday, the world learned that their favorite oldest teenager, Dick Clark, had passed away at the age of 82. Many of the movers and shakers in Hollywood and the entertainment industry have given their condolences to Clark and his family, including “Batman” producer Michael Uslan.
Uslan might be known for his work with the “Batman” franchise, but he also co-authored the 1981 book “Dick Clark’s The First 25 Years Of Rock & Roll.” Here’s what Uslan had to say on this sad occasion:
“Dick Clark was The Great Communicator spanning generations of rock n’ roll fans. He single-handedly made Rock ‘n’ Roll acceptable on the heels of societal backlash to its threatening beat and the gyrations of Elvis Presley. American cities were organizing record burnings until a young (eternally so), polished, well-dressed and properly groomed young man brought this music into the living rooms of America, letting the parents, teachers, ministers and politicians know that this music and its new young performers were acceptable for their teens and tweens. Dick Clark single-handedly legitimized rock n’ roll and opened its artists to long careers. In doing so, Dick created an atmosphere in which fifty years later, rock has become the only music that doesn’t solely belong to any one age group. It’s a world cultural experience shared by kids, parents and grandparents. Thank Dick Clark for that.”
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