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  • Writer's pictureMichael Quebec

The Word On Grease: History vs. Hollywood by Michael Quebec

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

How historically accurate is the 1978 movie version of Grease in relation to the 1950s, particularly its youth culture? How accurate is the depiction of 1950s youth gangs in Grease? In this 76 page visual essay, written as pages of an e-book, we attempt to answer that question, in detail, by exploring the real-life fifties-era teen car cultures, rock n' roll TV dance shows, high-school and teen athletics, and especially, the fighting inner-city youth gangs of the 1950s. We also look at the journey of Grease from a local adult (and very raunchy!) Chicago dark comedy stage play in 1971, to becoming the light-hearted mainstream film phenomenon of 1978, aimed at families, and even children. This look at both Grease, and the real-life history of The Rock n' Roll Era of the Fabulous Fifties, is part Hollywood, part rock n’ roll history, and even part true crime! Scroll down below (past the numerous hashtags, which are necessary for Google's search engines!) to start reading. Feel free to share it, as we want to get the history out there.

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