Essay on Rock And Roll
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.