One of the projects we have just finished working on for the next issue of Uncut, on sale next week, was a special promotional feature we have produced in association with hmv, which is newly returned to robust high street health after recent rough times.

One of the projects we have just finished working on for the next issue of Uncut, on sale next week, was a special promotional feature we have produced in association with hmv, which is newly returned to robust high street health after recent rough times.



In other words, hmv’s music and film catalogues music are back to full strength, its stock of classic albums and movies rebuilt. What better moment, then, for hmv in collaboration with Uncut to celebrate ‘six decades of unforgettable entertainment’, with great prices on many albums and films that have defined the times and continue to inspire and excite.

In our next issue, we look at 60 of the albums and films that have shaped popular culture and with it our lives, since the 1950s, that decade of dramatic change and upheaval that saw the birth of rock’n’roll, a cool new modernism introduced to jazz and the first fault lines appear in the Hollywood studio system.

To preface the appearance of the feature in our next issue, and coincide with the launch this week of hmv’s special offers on thousands of albums and films, I’ve made up my own 50s’ playlist, as follows, just to get, you know, in the mood.

Music

Frank Sinatra

In The Wee Small Hours

(1955)

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

(1956)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uke1B0FpIZ8

Little Richard

Here’s Little Richard

(1957)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7pjP_XkK4U

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly

(1958)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0VPxYAM698

Billie Holiday

Lady In Satin

(1958)

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley

(1958)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeZHB3ozglQ

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

1958

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yRdDnrB5kM

Miles Davis

Kinda Blue

(1959)

Howlin’ Wolf

Moanin’ In the Moonlight

(1959)

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry Is On Top (1959)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLMK9-Ns-TY

Films

Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder

1950

On The Waterfront

Elia Kazan

1954

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QsNXd57Ppw

Night Of The Hunter

Charles Laughton

1955

Rebel Without A Cause

Nicholas Ray

1955

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpm4NGSWH2I

The Searchers

John Ford

1956

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Don Siegel

1956

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuL2QwsNeM8

12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet

1957

Touch Of Evil

Orson Welles

1958

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg8MqjoFvy4

Vertigo

Alfred Hitchcock

1958

Have a good week.