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Renegades

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Summary
This episode introduces viewers to the pioneers of rock. The series travels Southern backroads to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville and then moves North to Chicago, interviewing Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, pioneer disc jockey Hoss Allen and producers Dave Bartholomew, Sam Phillips, and Phil and Marshall Chess along the way. These musical renegades of the '50's reveal how they borrowed from rhythm and blues, country, gospel, and jazz to create a whole new sound - rock and roll.
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