Monday, September 3, 2012

Movers, Shakers and Monday Game Changers - Elvis, Rock 'n' Roll, and Race


Monday is about remembering the movers, shakers and game changers, of things that look incredibly trivial now, but challenged many on arrival.

Scaremongers like to write a lot about the insane changes the next generation will bring. Here's some changes already brought, against all odds and discouragement, and it all turned out alright.

Some perspective for your back-pocket, to think about when the times are getting tough as a change maker.



Oh.My.Gosh. did I looooove Elvis as a kid! When I was particularly sick and only able to do half school days, I would always catch the late afternoon tv movie. It was a good day when it was an Elvis movie.

So we all know his performing style wasn't favoured by parents of young girls. Yes, parents didn't like their little girls screaming at a man's swaying hips. He played "devil music", and corrupted youth into having sexual thoughts. My oh my.

But did you know what was one of the biggest impediments to Elvis' career?

"The white disc-jockeys wouldn't touch... Negroes' music and the Negro disc-jockeys didn't want anything to do with a record made by a white man." wiki

His music was released at the pinnacle of racial tension in the US, and both sides of the debate weren't quite sure how to react. But the kids knew - and the kids put their money where their ears were.

Elvis became the king.


If you were Elvis, do you think you could have stood the heat for being so different and daring? Would you have had such conviction in the joy your change could bring?


I really hope I could have, because the world without Rock 'n' Roll would suck hard.


Cheers,
Sarah

Btw, if you're wondering how I can be employed in HR, and write about HR - here's my explanation.

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