Elvis And Eminem: The Cultural Implications Of American Middle-Class Assimilation Of African-American Music
West Point Press
"In a spirit almost epitomizing that of the imperial British Empire, middle America has spent the better part of the past century assimilating its pop culture from the very demographics it has at times considered to be backwards or even savage. Rhythm ‘n Blues, Rock’n’roll, and ultimately, Hip-Hop and Rap have formed cornerstones of middle-American musical culture, but despite their greatest representations being claimed by the White community, they were fundamentally assimilated from African-American roots. While the exact motives for such a phenomenon leave a great deal of room for broad speculation, the consequences and implications of the middle-American assimilation of African- American music are much more definitive..."
Thennes, Andrew. “Elvis And Eminem: The Cultural Implications Of American Middle-Class Assimilation Of African-American Music.” West Point Undergraduate Historical Review. Volume 13 (Spring 2023): 211-225.