American Hot Wax (1978)

American Hot Wax


  • Genre Drama, Music, History
  • Release Date
  • Country USA
  • Directed by Floyd Mutrux
  • Writer credits Art Linson, John Kaye
  • Rating 6.9 / 10 (986 votes) IMDb movie rating
  • Cast Stephen Pearlman, Richard Forbes, Jack Edward Ellis, Stewart Steinberg, John Lehne, Moosie Drier, Jeff Altman, Arnold McCuller, Sam Harkness, Al Chalk, Carl Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jay Leno, Fran Drescher, Tim McIntire
  • Produced by Art Linson, Fred T. Gallo
  • Description This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950's. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals.


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