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Apr
09

FRESH KID: ELVIS PRESLEY “THE KING”

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It is no accident that Elvis Presley’s rise to fame in the 1950s was in tandem with the rise of rock ‘n’ roll, for the man and the music are indelibly linked. Though not the first rock ‘n’ roll star, Presley was the most prominent prophet of the pioneering musical form. Moreover, with his daringly unique style, delivery, and sound, he symbolized the cultural shakeup that rumbled throughout the era. As the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and social historian David Halberstam proclaimed, “In cultural terms, [Elvis’s] coming was nothing less than the start of a revolution.”
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It was during high school that Presley began experimenting with his looks and dress style. At a time when others his age were wearing plaid shirts and blue jeans, he favored flashy “pimp”-type clothing. Colors not ordinarily worn by the era’s males, including pink, were a Presley fashion favorite. His hair style was equally distinct. Though crewcuts were the rage, he wore his dark blond hair slicked back with rose oil. That “greaser” look would go on to become a “cool” statement in films and on television. But Presley was far from popular at school. Most students recoiled from the young man with the greasy-looking hair and the acne. His shyness, thick Mississippi accent, and a tendency to stutter, further hampered his status among both classmates and teachers, who were taken aback when he performed in a student show during his senior year. Most were unaware that he sang. But in fact, Presley was consumed by both music and ambition.
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1 Response to “FRESH KID: ELVIS PRESLEY “THE KING””


  1. April 30, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for posting!


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