Elvis 's Impact On Popular Culture

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Elvis’s Impact on Popular Culture The foundations of today’s popular music were built by an unlikely source: a poor white boy from Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis Presley’s country roots would become a major factor in his success as the King of Rock and Roll. While it is true that Elvis was not the inventor of rock and roll music, he was the first man to introduce postwar youth to the genre that would revolutionize American culture. The role Elvis Presley played in the evolution of popular music is unprecedented. His style has been impersonated, and his music is still revered by young people all over the world. Elvis’s impact can be understood through the music he performed, his status as a pop icon, and the lingering presence of his legacy in today’s society. The cultural importance of rock and roll has been long-lasting. From the early 1950s until now, rock has been the vehicle of expression for many around the world. It has been the voice of rebellion, political justice, and sexual revolution. Generation after generation, rock music evolves, yet keeps its values intact. To many, rock music is an essential element of culture. Elvis was the embodiment of rock and roll and, therefore, a significant part of 20th century culture. When Elvis first appeared in the consciousness of America, rock and roll was still a new kind of music. A few successful ventures, such as Bill Haley and His Comets’ “Rock Around The Clock,” hailed as one of the first songs of the genre, preceded Elvis’s
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