Race, Rock, and Elvis MOBI î Race, Rock, MOBI
- 352 pages
- Race, Rock, and Elvis (Music in American Life)
- Michael T. Bertrand
- 05 October 2016 Michael T. Bertrand
❴Reading❵ ➶ Race, Rock, and Elvis (Music in American Life) Author Michael T. Bertrand – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In Race Rock and Elvis Michael T Bertrand contends that popular music specifically Elvis's brand of rock 'n' roll helped revise racial attitudes after World War II Observing that youthful fans of rhyt In Race Rock and Elvis Michael T Bertrand contends that popular music specifically Elvis's brand of rock 'n' roll helped revise racial attitudes after World War II Observing that youthful fans of rhythm and blues rock 'n' roll and other black inspired music seemed inclined than their segregationist elders to ignore the color line Bertrand links popular music Race, Rock, MOBI :Ê with a general relaxation led by white youths of the historical denigration of blacks in the South The tradition of southern racism successfully communicated to previous generations failed for the first time when confronted with the demand for rock 'n' roll by a new national commercialized youth culture In a narrative peppered with the colorful observations of ordinary southerners Bertrand argues that appreciating black music made possible a new recognition of blacks as fellow human beings Bertrand documents black enthusiasm for Elvis and cites the racially mixed audiences that flocked to the new music at a time when adults expected separate performances for black and white audiences He describes the critical role of radio and recordings in blurring the color line and notes that these media made black culture available to appreciative whites on an unprecedented scale He also shows how music was used to define and express the values of a southern working class youth culture in transition as young whites many of them trying to orient themselves in an unfamiliar urban setting embraced black music and culture as a means of identifying themselvesBy adding rock 'n' roll to the mix of factors that fed into civil rights advances in the South Race Rock and Elvis shows how the music with its rituals and vehicles symbolized the vast potential for racial accord inherent in postwar society.