New Book - Race, Rock And Elvis

The University of Illinois published a book by Michael T. Bertrand about the Southern States of America and the rise of Elvis Presley. There has long been a tendency for books on the subject to be impressionistic, nostalgic and gravely mistaken romantic blether which hurtles inexorably towards the rise of Elvis Aaron Presley. Some traditional analyses assume that "the King" came out of nowhere and invented rock 'n' roll all by himself, while others have him down as little more than a cultural thief who callously ripped off black music for his own good. Both notions are wrong but powerful enough to linger, damaging Presley's achievement.
Source: Elvis Australia / Updated: Oct 16, 2000 

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