The Classic American Musical Phase: The Films of Elvis Presley

  • Anthony Hogg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture book series (PSAVC)


Hogg justifies the selection of the films of Elvis Presley as appropriate texts which are representative of this phase. He also argues that the reasons why an analysis of just two of Presley’s films can be regarded as adequate in summarizing the musical functions which operated at this time owing to their standardized format. The development of this formulaic approach is investigated and then illustrated via analysis of Girls! Girls! Girls! and It Happened at the World’s Fair. The effect of this upon the methods used to include songs and the consequent restrictions upon popular music’s functional abilities at this time are disclosed.


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  • Anthony Hogg
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  1. 1.Newton AbbotUK

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