Elvis Presley's Impact On African-American Culture

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affected by the African- American culture, and was inspired by their music. He listened to radio stations that played "race records": spirituals, blues, and the modern, back-beat heavy sound of rhythm and blues.” His idols shaped him into the performer that he was, and helped him create the sound that was considered revolutionary at the time. Although Elvis Presley was celebrated because of his combination of the white and black culture, many people did not have the same positive feelings about it, which resulted in a lot of controversy. “Criticism from parents, educators, politicians, columnists, and religious leaders surrounded Presley constantly. “ (Wallace, 104) Some did not agree at how talented and how much of an impact Presley had. Presley’s actions and motions were seen as “‘a strip-tease with clothes on” or “sexual self-gratification on stage.”’ Presley was said to represent sexual liberation, which resulted in a lot of criticism and led to some people in society harshly judging Presley on his talent. Although there were many who harshly criticized Presley for his performance, it could not affect his impact on the culture, and his obvious talent.
Some were very harsh on Presley, stating how he vulgar he was with his performances
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He had many responsibilities that got overwhelming at times and his dedication for his craft ultimately led to his downfall. Presley continued to perform after battling pneumonia, pleurisy, hepatitis, and an enlarged colon, and an overdose on prescription drugs led his heart to stop. Presley had a lot of pressure from his management and fans. He was one of the first celebrities that had such star power, and was demanding for Presley to handle. He was the biggest celebrity at the time, and during that time, his popularity was something no one has ever experienced before or even seen. Presley’s death is an illustration of how much love he had for his fans and

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