Essay on Rock And Roll

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“America. betaking herself to formative action(as it is about time for more solid achievement, and less windy promise), must , for her purpose, cease to recognize a theory of character grown of feudal aristocracies, or form’d by merely literary standards, or from any ultramarine, full-dress formulas of culture. polish, caste, &c., enough, and must sternly promulgate her new standard, yet old enough, and accepting the old, the perennial elements, and combining them into groups, unities, appropriate to the modern, the democratic, the west, and to the practical occasions and needs of our own cities, and of the agricultural regions.”1 Walt Whitman wrote this poem back in 1855. A hundred years before rock and roll was invented, people …show more content…
He had 67 top 20 hits on single charts along with many more on the top 100. Also, he had 38 top 20 albums, with again many more on the top 100. Elvis, by the time he died, had sold millions and millions of records.
     Presley embodied the sense of reckless abandonment that would underlie the performances of most rockers who followed. Using and acoustic guitar more as a prop than as an instrument, he swung his hips violently, shouted his vocals, and shook his head from side to side.5 Elvis’s style was one that had never been seen before. His antic created much controversy from the quiescent Eisenhower era. When Presley appeared on Ed Sullivan’s TV program in 1956, the show’s host ordered his cameraman to focus on Presley’s face to avoid displaying his gyrations to the national audience.6 Elvis was an unstoppable force who served to reshape the pop mainstream, and who almost single-handedly redefined what it ment to be an American Visionary, and American artist, in a fierce new time. No other modern legend was to be so widely damned at first as a threat or joke, only to later be understood as one of our purest, most commonly acclaimed heroes.7
     “While Elvis Presley will forever be the symbol of the rock idol, it is Chuck Berry who defined the music as a creative form.

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