His of Rock and Roll
September 21, 1999
Elvis was raised within a poor family that lived “on the other side of the tracks” which exposed him to intermingle with black culture. “He was in a position to absorb a real variety of musical influences, including R & B, white and black gospel, C & W, bluegrass, western swing, and pop.” (Pg. 35) When listening to the radio, Elvis was open to the elements of both pop music and assorted forms of C & W. And because of his living circumstances he was introduced to R & B and gospel, making Elvis racially integrated. He also didn’t dress like your typical white middle-class teenager. “He dressed like a hood, which meant black leather jackets, open shirts, and upturned collars.” (Pg. 35) He also wore his hair slicked back into a “ducktail” and had long sideburns. He had a mixture of black and lower class white image. He could appeal to bo...