The Great Rock and Roll Time Machine - "An explosive multi-image show featuring
the sights and sounds, fads and fun of the 50's, 60's, and 70's."


The show was presented at all of Six Flags Theme Parks nationwide including Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Over Mid America, Astro World, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Six Flags Great Adventure.  At one point, the show could also be seen at Six Flags Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum in Orlando, Florida.
 

From 1981 to 1983 the Americana Music Hall was home to a multi-media production known as the Great Rock and Roll Time Machine.   Instead of fancy scenery and an on-stage cast it featured a three paneled rear projection screen trimmed with miniature lights and an accompanying high power sound system.

The show traced the history of rock music from its inception in the mid 1950's through to what was then current day early 1980's.   Comprised of sound bites from approximately 250 songs in rapid succession, these short audio blurbs were systematically stitched from end to end resulting in a 25 minute production that took viewers on a musical journey through the decades.  Each song was accompanied by images, sometimes still photographs and sometimes film footage, that were relevant to the songs or time period in the show.  Segment highlights included Fads of the 50's, a Tribute to the King, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the British Invasion, Woodstock, and disco to name a few.  The rapid fire montage of sight and sounds was sandwiched in between two contemporary songs - Queen's Rock It /Prime Jive kicked things off and Billy Joel's Still Rock and Roll to Me (later updated to Joan Jett's I Love Rock and Roll ) at its conclusion.

The entire production was very reminiscent of past television commercials for records or today's infomercials for Time-Life music collections.  The high speed audio and visual bombardment on the viewer's senses created a memorable experience which often left guests humming and singing as they exited the theater.

Below is a pamphlet guide to the music included in the show. 
     
     
     
     
Some of the show's images are presented in the photos of the stage that follow.  Notice the change in patterns of the lights that dotted the areas above and below the screens.  These lights were programmed to coordinate with the music, images, and style of music for any given segment of the show.

Images ranged from photos of the various musical performers and groups, to pop icons, movies, celebrities, politicians, news events, and television shows and personalities through the years.
     
Sample Stage Shots
     
Opening Titles
Song:  Rock It(Prime Jive)/Queen
Artists of the 1950's
Song:  Rock Around the Clock/Bill Haley
Fads of the 50's
Song:  Little Darlin'/Diamonds
A Tribute to"The King
Song: Hound Dog/Elvis Presley
Elvis
Song:  Crying In The Chapel/Elvis Presley
Artists of the 1960's
Song:  Wild One/Bobby Rydell
The Beach Boys
Song:  Surfin' USA/Beach Boys
The Beatles
Song:  I Want to Hold Your Hand/Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Song:  Satisfaction/The Rolling Stones
Motown
Song:  Dancing in the Streets/Martha & The Vandellas
Jimi Hendrix
Song:  Purple Haze/Jimi Hendrix
Led Zeppelin
Song:  Whole Lotta Love
Woodstock
Song:  Hair/Cowsills
Elton John
Song:  Your Song/Elton John
1970's Pop Artists
Song:  You're So Vain/Carly Simon

Song:  Love Will Keep Us Together/Captain & Tennille
Disco & The Bee Gees
Song:  Stayin' Alive/Bee Gees

Song:  Da Ya Think I'm Sexy/Rod Stewart

Song:  Heart of Glass/Blondie

Song:  Against the Wind/Bob Seger

Song:  My Sharona/The Knack
Bruce Springsteen
Song:  Hungry Heart/Bruce Springsteen

Song:  Every Woman in the World/Air Supply
Finale
Song:  It's Still Rock & Roll To Me/Billy Joel
     
     
     
The Great Rock and Roll Time Machine was presented by the
Thom McAn Shoe Company, which at the time also sponsored the Americana Music Hall.

K-tel records produced a souvenir LP album of the show which could be purchased by mail order.  It featured ten full length songs from the presentation.