Become a member and save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! If you are already a member, log in to access your member price. Rockin' TV: From Elvis to the Monkees Afternoon Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0197 Select Your Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text The Beatles with Ed Sullivan,1964 (PD/wikipedia/ published in the United States between 1927 and 1977 inclusive, without a copyright notice) Beginning in the mid-1950s, rock music found a surprising home on mainstream television. Programs hosted by Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and especially Ed Sullivan featured a wide variety of musicians including Bill Haley & the Comets, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, and especially Elvis Presley, who appeared on all three shows to galvanic response. Afternoon dance programs like “American Bandstand” played a role as well in bringing rock to large and eager teenage audiences. Then, in 1964, the appearance of the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” would change the face of pop culture, leading to an explosion of televised rock, from prime-time rock variety shows like “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo,” to the sit-com rock antics of “The Monkees,” and the jubilant renewal of Elvis Presley in the “Comeback Special” of 1968. Brian Rose, a professor emeritus at Fordham University, presents a lively survey of the fascinating history of how rock and television grew up together. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for online programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our online programs presented on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.