How Did Elvis Presley Influence Pop Culture

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Elvis Presley was an influential and prominent character in the development of American culture in the 1950’s. Elvis’ humble upbringing and controversial sound rallied him a massive support group of fans. He was truthful about his stance towards controversial topics and would often incite hurtful rumors and criticism. Also, different aspects of pop culture can be linked back to Elvis Presley and his musical career. Elvis Presley, whose music and ideas were progressive for those of his time, brought about positive change by expanding the civil liberties of all people. Elvis Presley, an only child, was born on January 8th, 1935. He was raised by Vernon and Gladys Presley. His family, especially his mother, valued and created strong emotional bonds with him. When he was a child, he went to an Assembly of God church which is what started his interest in music. Singing with a congregation helped strengthen his voice as well as his confidence. In first grade, his teacher recommended for him to compete in a musical competition, and he ended up winning fifth place. Later that year, he received a guitar for birthday. He watched church musicians, as well as his uncles, playing chords and slowly learned to play. Elvis was viewed as a loner and he had a fear of performing. In sixth grade, he switched schools and was living in a primarily …show more content…

People worshipped Elvis and his contributions to pop culture. Many musical specialists say that Elvis’ fame was the very first of its kind. It was different from the fame of presidents, actors, and other important figures; his fame was personal, wide-spreading, and had an incredible impact. Elvis’ humble upbringing and controversial style garnered him a massive support group of fans. The frenzy that ensued is now categorized as “fangirling,” and is still common for many artists including the Beatles’ ‘Beatlemania’, Justin Bieber’s ‘Beliebers’, and Taylor Swift’s

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