Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Characters

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Elvis

Elvis is the most well-known artist included in Marcus' study of rock 'n' roll. In fact, Marcus dedicates nearly one-third of his book to this singer who earned the title of king of rock 'n' roll. Although he worked hard to become successful, Elvis came from humble beginnings. Elvis was born to poor parents in Tupelo, Mississippi. They later moved to Memphis, Tennessee where Elvis lived most of his life and wrote and recorded many of his songs. Elvis basically lived the American dream. A large portion of Elvis' attraction is that he created himself. Marcus indicates that while Elvis embodies the most negative characteristics of the American personality, he also embodies the best characteristics. He likes to brag, is showy and narcissistic, as well as materialistic. However, it is his lack of seriousness that allows America to forgive him all his faults. In his music Elvis presents...

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