White People, Blues Music, and the Problem of Cultural Appropriation

In July 1956, Elvis Presley released what would become his signature song. Hound Dog became absolutely huge. Even now, everybody knows how it goes. Elvis, who was 21 years old, was already well on his way to being a star. But Hound Dog shot him into the stratosphere: the song was simultaneously top of the … Continue reading White People, Blues Music, and the Problem of Cultural Appropriation