STUPID STUFF PEOPLE SAY ABOUT ELVIS (Quote the Twentieth)

Well this proves it. Donald Trump’s election didn’t change everything. The beat goes on….(for those who are new to the site, this is a full category and previous  entries can be accessed at the right…recommended reading!)

Vis-a-vis, women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

“1986: Inaugural induction class consists of all men, including Elvis who gained fame from covers and influence of women of the blues who have yet to be inducted 30 years later.”

(“An Open Letter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Women Merit Conversation,” Desarae Gabrielle and Lily Grae, Inspirer Magazine 4/19/17…link entire piece here.)

In case you don’t read the whole thing (which I recommend–it makes some salient points on its main topic), one element is unsurprising:

Only Elvis is singled out as someone who “gained fame” covering and being influenced by “women of the blues”–or any other kind of woman. (The three girl group covers that provide major highlights on the Beatles’ first LP are among numerous other instances which might have been adduced….but weren’t.)

Yes, Elvis listened to women–including Big Mama Thornton and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who I presume are the “women of the blues” referenced here.

Since the authors know enough to stay quiet about the Beatles, and so many others, even though making a little noise would buttress their points, I assume they know at least this much about Elvis.

Then again, if they know all that, they should also know that Elvis listened to everybody, including a lot of women who had little to do with the blues.

They might even know that he named Toni Arden’s “Padre?” as his favorite record when he was going off to the Army.

In other words, Elvis didn’t exactly make his admiration for female artists a secret, as this clever wording suggests. (Nor did he dump on his female fans, in public or private…for that, I once again recommend studying the Beatles, among many others.)

I’ve been lobbying as hard as I know how for the inclusion of deserving female artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since the early nineties (by which time it had become obvious it was going to be a problem). Anyone who wants to read (or, better yet, engage) my longstanding arguments, is recommended to the categories “Shangri-Las Forever” and “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” at the right.

But the question for today is whether you can advance this, or any righteous argument, by saying Stupid Stuff About Elvis?

Can you get any of the women mentioned in the linked piece’s accompany video one step closer?

Can you make the case for them–or the many others (including some even more deserving) the video does not mention?

Can you?

Having been at this for a quarter century, I make you this promise:

You can’t.

Saying Stupid Stuff About Elvis never makes you part of the solution. It just makes you part of the problem.

See, the reason Elvis was Elvis wasn’t because he belonged to a demographic (white, male, hillbilly, truck driver). It was because he was the only one who really got both this…

and this…

..and made “getting it” sound like breathing.

2 thoughts on “STUPID STUFF PEOPLE SAY ABOUT ELVIS (Quote the Twentieth)

  1. NDJ

    Once upon a time I would have envied you your patience: if I had been reading the piece by Gabrielle and Grae, the staggering stoopitidy of the Elvis remark would have stopped me in my reading tracks. Then I would never have discovered the “salient points” you say they have to offer.

    My experience has been that one staggeringly stoopit statement is usually followed by another, and I just don’t have the time anymore to deal with it. And it is amazing how often someone educated and experienced in one field will undermine their credibility by making a (supposedly clever) remark about something that has nothing to do with their area of expertise.

    Yada yoda blah blah.

    Curmudgeoningly,

    EDN

    PS: The term “cover” should be banned from use, unless the user can prove he knows what it originally meant …

    • I have a version of the same thing (there really oughta be a name for it)…I stayed with this because it was at least more coherent than the usual “here’s who REALLY should be in the Hall” piece. They had done some actual research, which was refreshing. But, as I think we’ve discussed before, Elvis Stupidity can be brought in from anywhere at any time.

      One trick I have (perhaps you do the same?) is looking in indexes for my favorite subjects (within whatever subject the book addresses) and seeing what the author(s) had to say about it. I was kind of excited once to come across a book that purported to “tell the truth” about the Viet Nam war. I looked at the Kent State passages and they were the usual nonsense but no worse. Then I noticed the book has a section on the music soldiers listened to when they were actually stationed in Nam.

      The authors professed to have done their own study, as well as having looked at a number of others and found that Creedence Clearwater Revival was, by far, the most popular band among this particular demographic.

      Then they professed to have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER why this was the case, as no scientific studies had been conducted,

      I was able to then quietly put the volume back on the shelf and walk away…and banish it from my memory until today.

      Lately, though, I’ve learned to stick with Stupid Stuff…makes for good posting material!

      NJ

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