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Sinatra, Brando, Elvis, James Dean, Buddy Holly, Orson Welles , Miles Davis Alfred Hitchcock and the 1950s in music and movies

Sinatra, Brando, Elvis, James Dean, Buddy Holly, Orson Welles , Miles Davis Alfred Hitchcock and the 1950s in music and movies
Allan Jones

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)

Little Richard
Here’s Little Richard
(1957)

Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
(1958)

Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin
(1958)

Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
(1958)

Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis
1958

Miles Davis
Kinda Blue
(1959)

Howlin’ Wolf
Moanin’ In the Moonlight
(1959)

Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry Is On Top (1959)

Films
Sunset Boulevard
Billy Wilder
1950

On The Waterfront
Elia Kazan
1954

Night Of The Hunter

Charles Laughton
1955

Rebel Without A Cause
Nicholas Ray
1955

The Searchers
John Ford
1956

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Don Siegel
1956

12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet
1957

Touch Of Evil
Orson Welles
1958

Vertigo
Alfred Hitchcock
1958

Have a good week.


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