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To what extent and in what ways did Elvis influence American pop culture?

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To what extent and in what ways did Elvis influence American pop culture? 1 Contents Section A: Plan of Investigation....................................................................................................3 Section B: Summary of Evidence.................................................................................................4 Section C: Evaluation of Sources..................................................................................................6 Section D: Analysis........................................................................................................................8 Section E: Conclusion Section F: List of Sources Appendices A. Plan of Investigation This investigation will seek to answer the question of Elvis Presley's influence on the rise of counterculture in American society starting in the 1950's. This essay will look at the impact Elvis had on society and how his music and stage presence led to such an unprecedented influence on the young generation. During this era, Elvis was quickly becoming a national phenomenon, and began to personify teenage rebellion and newfound teenage sexuality. He forever changed both the world of music and the world of youth culture. To determine the spectrum of Elvis' influence, a range of sources will be analyzed to help answer the scale of his impact. Ranging from magazine stories, to entire books dedicated to the matter, I will closely examine how culture was forever changed as Elvis rose to national prominence. Word Count:136 B. Summary of Evidence Elvis Presley was a rock n roll singer who rose to national prominence in the mid 20th century. ...read more.

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Word Count: 208 Source 2 - Elvis and fans at the Polk Theater. Photo courtesy The Lakeland Ledge This photograph was taken in August of 1956 at the famous Polk theatre. It is valuable in reference to its origin because it is a first hand look (primary source) on what an Elvis performance was really like. Also being a picture, it is without any individual's interpretation or biased views; it is a first hand account. The purpose of this photograph is to capture and eternalize an Elvis performance and to show just what kind of effect he had on people. From examining this photography, one can see the throngs of teenage admirers that greeted Elvis whenever he sang and his provocative dance moves and strong stage presence that made him the subject of many moral criticisms, yet also made him the legend that is today. It is limited, however, because it is of a limited scope. It doesn't provide the viewer with insight on to what kind of cultural impact Elvis had overall for it's a picture capturing one aspect of time. There is also subconscious bias present in every photograph; behind every picture there is a creator who wants to portray the subject, Elvis in this case, in a particular light. Word Count: 194 D. Analysis I) ...read more.

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dummies.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. <http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/ elvis-presleys-musical-influence-on-america.html> Elvis Australia, Elvis Presley and Racism, http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_not_racist.shtml, February 2011, March 2011 Farley, Christopher. "Elvis Rocks. But He's Not the First ." Time. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. <http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/ 0,8599,661084,00.html>. Ian Hill, Elvis Presley Still Impacting Music 30 Years after his Death, http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070816/A_ENTERTAIN/708160317, August 2007 1Marshutz, Roger. 2 Katherine Lung, The History of Rock and Roll, http://blog.lib.umn.edu/arrig002/politicsandpopculture/05_elvis_the_beatles_dylan/, (March 2008) 3 Chadwick, Vernon, ed. In Search of Elvis: Music, Race, Art, Religion. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997. Questia. Web. 4 Mar. 2011. 4 Doss, Erika. "Believing in Elvis: Popular Piety in a Material Culture." Business Perspectives Summer 2002: 30+. 4 Mar. 2011. 5 Elvis Australia, Elvis Presley and Racism, http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis_not_racist.shtml, February 2011, March 2011 6 Ian Hill, Elvis Presley Still Impacting Music 30 Years after his Death, http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070816/A_ENTERTAIN/708160317, August 2007 7 Chadwick, Vernon, 211 8 Gair, Christopher. The American Counterculture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007 9 The Influence of Elvis Presley on American culture, dir. Steve Hammerle, writ. Steve Hammerle, www.youtube.com, 2007 10 Gair, Christopher. 11 Hammerle, Steve 12 Dan Nelisen, A Critical Success Lesson... from Elvis Presley, http://nihcl.com/html/tips/2010/June-01.html , 2010 13 Australia, Elvis 14 The Peoples History http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/50smusic.html 15 Hammerle 16 Doll, Susan 17 O' Meara 18 Connolly, Ray http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandjazzmusic/3667263/What-if-Elvis-Presley-had-never-been-born.html 19 Lung, Katherine 20 Birchall, Ian http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=12778 21 Birchall 22 http://www.phrases.org.uk/quotes/last-words/elvis-presley.html 23 Welch, Andy 24 Welch, Andy 25 Nielsen, Dan ?? ?? ?? ?? 12 1 ...read more.

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