Does Elvis Presley deserve to be called the King of Rock? | The Tylt
Does Elvis Presley deserve to be called the King of Rock?
Elvis has sold an estimated one billion records, and he's the most awarded musician in rock history. Rolling Stone argues he deserves to be called the King, despite his flaws.
Elvis Presley was rock & roll’s first real star, not to mention one of the most important cultural forces in history, a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s....He was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent, and a bad influence, but the force of his music and his image was no mere merchandising feat. Four decades after his death, Presley’s image and influence remain undiminished. While certainly other artists preceded him to the alter of rock & roll, he is indisputably The King.
But for others, "Elvis also signifies the foul way so many Black writers and performers, such as Little Richard, were treated by the music industry."
People put this guy on a huge pedestal like he wrote the songs that defined the world. The thing is, he didn’t write his songs. His early hits were simply written for him or rip-offs from noteworthy, black, musicians. All Elvis did was repackage them into something the racist mainstream was able to accept. He was to blues and rock ‘n roll what Vanilla Ice was to rap: a shitty, consumer-friendly, white version of a style of music that would be recognized a few years down the road for its original merits.