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Elvis, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan

The aspect most interesting to me about Elvis, The Beatles and Bob Dylan is the revolutionizing of the sexuality of the Rock-n-Roll era. It is well known that Elvis Aaron Presley played a significant role in inventing rock-n-roll. It is also known that the role of sexuality within rock-n-roll has been pivotal in the era of the 1960s. Ehrenreich, et al. explains that “in a highly sexualized society (one sociologist found that the number of explicitly sexual references in the mass media had doubled between 1950 and 1960), teen and preteen girls were expected to be not only ‘good’ and ‘pure’ but to be the enforcers of purity? (Ehrenreich, et al. 523). The term “Beatlemania? describes the hysteria that women felt toward the Beatles during the “uprising of women’s sexual revolution? (Ehrenreich, et al. 524). Although Elvis Presley was in a way the father of rock-n-roll and had women ‘swooning’ over him, the “Fab Four? inspired a different, more intense type of feeling. Although Bob Dylan was not as much of a sexual figure as Elvis and the Beatles, he was an American songwriter, whose lyrics incorporated politics, social commentary, philosophy and literary influences. Dylan played a substantial role in the culture of the 1960s. Overall, Elvis, The Beatles and Bob Dylan were all consequential figures of the late 1950s and 1960s, during a time in which sexuality was much more taboo than it is today, however the men of the time had the ability to portray this image.

-Hasti Fashandi