This summer’s blockbuster movie Elvis has reignited conversations around Elvis Presley’s connection to the Black artists who inspired him. His earliest hits were covers of artists like Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (“That’s Alright”) and Big Mama Thornton (“Hound Dog”). But was Elvis’s use of the Blues and Black gospel music cultural appropriation? And what should we think of his legacy today? Join Prof. Andrew Granade to explore the ways in which popular music in the United States has mirrored and commented on the state of race relations and discover how, in spite of the physical barriers that were erected between white and black artists, cultural barriers were constantly torn down in the path towards today’s musical landscape.
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
September 20 and 27 and October 4
UMKC Administrative Center, Brookside Room
Zoom option also available
$40 ($55 with parking permit)
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