Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Elvis Presley: The Influence of a Hero

Call it the influence of a hero or ‘the great cloud of witnesses’ but there is no doubting the inspirational impact of an effective model in any sphere.

In the realm of music, Elvis Presley, not only wowed his generation of fans but he inspired many other musicians to exercise their gifts. Read what William McKeen says about the influence of the King:

"It took a while, but radio sparked a musical revolution that led to a social revolution. Elvis was the visible embodiment of the musical revolution. ... 'Hearing him the first time was like busting out of jail,' Bob Dylan recalled. 'I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody; nobody was going to be my boss.' ... Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones--they all said they did what they did because of Elvis. Keith Richards said he'd likely be an accountant today ... if he hadn't heard rock'n'roll."

William McKeen, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Elvis," American History, August 2007, pp. 24-25.

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Image: Elvis Presley.