It is a remarkable fact that it has been more than 60 years since the heyday of Elvis Presley — arguably the biggest individual celebrity ever — and his legacy with regards to race in America is still largely unresolved. Indeed, certain views of Elvis persist still today, even when seeming almost entirely at odds with one another.

On the one hand, Elvis is the bigger-than-life legend that launched rock ’n’ roll, and perhaps even reflects the very best of America. …

James A. Cosby (Jim)

Author/lawyer in Philadelphia: Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers, & Hillbillies: How America Gave Birth to Rock and Roll (2016). “illuminating and intriguing” -Kirkus

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