I'm sorry, no. This articles full of bullocks. First of all, it was the '68 Comeback Special, not the '69. While Elvis had loathed psychedelia, that is the actual drug use associated, he did NOT hate the second generation of rock. His hair also grew fairly long during the '70s. Elvis listened to plenty of his contemporaries, including the Beatles. While at times he was frustrated with their influence on America, he still loved the group and their music, from their arrival to his various performances of "Hey Jude" and "Something".
You're also SEVERELY underplaying his influence. It doesn't matter if Presley wanted to shake the establishment. What matters is he did. And you're also wrong that he wanted to make music. He wanted to be an actor. Presley simply being himself changed everything, the intention was void. He was something new, something powerful that the world wasn't ready for; and it changed everything. Not just for music, but for race as well. Elvis accomplished more for the black community than the likes of MLK without even trying.
That's another thing. Elvis didn't steal anything. By your logic, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and just about every fucking artist is a thief for doing a bloody cover song. As it turns out, most of "hits" listed before Elvis weren't actually rock music, by definition. Rock music formulated at its earliest in 1952-3. Most of the songs you listed were still blues, and hadn't quite made the transition. Not to mention that the humble Presley, as well as you, are wrong about his voice. Not only did he have more of a range than Domino, but his ability to reign supreme over so many genres, to have such a technical mastery of his voice, is something you only see in legends such as Marvin Gaye and Freddie Mercury.
listen to the comp. there is plenty of weird time changes. good music evolves and incorporates what directly precedes it. you will find some shit on here you like. just listen to it first silly. also the kid who wrote all that shit about going to warped tour has gotta be joking around don't take that shit seriously. he is just being a tool on purpose...
I remember seeing Corrosion of Conformity at the 'Plex and Bad Brains. I used to have to sneak out of the house. I was only 15. Wow.
Flying Lotus is an amazing producer, composer, rapper, and entertainer. He looked so comfortable on stage--coming off almost like a stand-up comedian at points--and fed on the crowd's building energy throughout his entire set; by the end, he was overcome by joy at the crowd's reaction (I think I might have spotted a tear or two). It was truly a treat to see such a talented man perform and be a part of such an energized, ecstatic audience.
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I'd want to hear Song Gaffe tweaked and re-released. The way that chorus comes in is money. That could be an underground hit.
"The Beatles records were burned in the South by segregationists who hated rock and roll because it was white folks singing black music -- mainstreaming "blackness". "
Wrong for the most part. The Beatles records were burned because John Lennon said they were more popular than Jesus. The KKK jumped n the bandwagon because, well that's what they do, claiming the Beatles are not actually white. Yeah, the Klan was just as stupid in 1966 as they have always been.
Many post here that his talent is overrated. Talent and style is a matter of taste and opinion. But the fact that he is the single most important figure in rock history is not opinion. Pick the group from the 1960s or 1970s you think is the most influential and read about them. You will find they were inspired by Elvis. Is Elvis my favorite, no. I like Joe Cocker but look it up Joe Cocker says Elvis is the greatest bluesy Rock singer. The Beatles well everyone knows John said “before Elvis there was nothing”. Paul always played it cool and did not hero worship as much but go youtube the video where Paul plays the “Elvis Bass” and you will see what he thinks. Led zeppelin- google Robert Plant talks about Elvis. Google the stones on Elvis. Google Springsteen and Elvis. Bob Dylan worshiped Elvis and kissed the spot on the floor where Elvis recorded at Sun studio. Jimmy Hendrix managed to watch an Elvis concert from a mountain overlooking a stadium when he was young (10 or 11). The next day in school he drew pictures of Elvis and wrote every song he heard at the concert. Then he went a bought a guitar. These pictures are at the Rock Hall of fame. Keep googling: CCR, Elton John, Paul Simmon, Tom Jones, Cher, Roger Daltrey, Bono........ If your favorite singer was not inspired by Elis he was inspired by someone that was.
Elvis’s style was developed because he was colorblind. He would sneak out of his mother’s church to sing in the choir of a black church. He did not segregate himself. If you read about him you will find he felt as comfortable in the black community as he did in the poor white. Rather than accusing him of stealing black music, the black community should embrace the truth: that they produced him. But then again go listen to his early music. It sounds as much country as blues. He was the first to admit he could not sing like Curdup or Fats Domino. He lamented “I try but I can’t do it”. His music was what he is a fusion of poor black and poor white culture. Read the story of how he came up with the recording or “That’s all Right Moma”. They tried for hours and he tried doing his version of every other white singer that came before him. But when they gave up he started messing around and just sang for fun as the guys were packing up. Then it happened. In the early days he only got it right when he stopped trying and just let it happen.
Any one that claims by not speaking up against racism Elvis was complicit does not know what he is talking about. Yes like Ray Charles he did play some all-white venues. But he was a simple man and felt he had no place trying to tell others how to live and when it came to business he rarely went against the colonel. Pick any one of your heroes in civil right and you will find many places where they could have done more. But YouTube what Elvis's black backup singers have to say. When he was told to leave them behind when he performed at the Houston Astrodome he refused to preform without them. And when he entered in a covetable they were in the car with him. He also refused to stay in hotels that refused them service.
He did not write any of his songs. But in the 1968 comeback special he was supposed to end with a Christmas song but he wanted to end with an important song. He loved Martin Luther King and would often recite the “I have a dream speech”. When he insisted on ending with a new and socially relevant song in 1968 they asked Walter Earl Brown to write a song that was reflective of a conversation that Elvis had with the produced about his feelings about MLK. In one version of the story I heard Brown went in a talked to Elvis and included Elvis’s thoughts and some words in the song. This is one of the few times Elvis went against the Colonel who was afraid of the controversy. He released in the Ghetto not long after that. Was that all he could have done, no. But these songs were both in support of civil rights. List me how many civil rights songs you favorite performer recorded. Heck Tiger Woods played in tournaments at country clubs that were segregated and did not allow women. And this was in the 1990s when everyone would have supported him. In the 1960s people like Bobby Kennedy and MLK were still getting shot for supporting civil rights.
I've read at least 6 bios of Charlie Parker & none have ever mentioned this story abt Stravinsky stunned into spilling his drink...where'd this come from ?
Parker did quote him & other Euro classicalists, though, as did Frank Zappa, unmentioned in the article's list.
"The idea of Elvis as an iconic rebel leading the charge into a bold new age is also patently false. Elvis craved acceptance from the establishment and the older generation. His rebellion was mostly in the hearts and minds of his audience; not in the intent of Presley himself."
The "rebellion" of rock and roll was attributed to it by the media, based upon the "horrors!" experienced by the prior generation. Mom and dad didn't like the music -- it was the next generation's -- and insisted it was "too loud" and wanted it turned down. The rock and rollers persisted, so were accused of being "rebellious". The next generation/s mistook the media hype, so became "Rebels" in the name of the music.
The Beatles records were burned in the South by segregationists who hated rock and roll because it was white folks singing black music -- mainstreaming "blackness". Those same segregationists called the music -- and The Beatles -- a "Communist plot," though the musicians, including The Beatles, were capitalists who wanted their music accepted, and wanted to make money from it.
Rock and roll was about the music; it was not about "[teen] rebellion".
Yes I understand what Nik is saying, it's not just about playing musical notes and being technical, I'm a musician too so I fully comprehend. You should play for your own enjoyment rather than try to please others and just don't a damn and have a good time.. it's a healing experience mentally, spiritually and well as physical.
Childish Gambino is really tying to let everyone know (mostly himself) that he's an ATLien. Hipsters in Williamsburg are like what's a stone mountain?
"I'm in deep south with Helen to learn about etiquette. Chinqui!"
Regarding the "Hip Hop and Social Responsibility" panel, I'm glad there is at least some effort to acknowledge the concept of responsibility in the hip hop community. I'm eager to see how this goes. Seriously. Is there also going to be a panel on basic etiquette?
I wonder, will the "Hip Hop and Social Responsibility" panel be anywhere near the WorldStarHipHop stage?
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