It’s not often you get to read a Marxist appreciation of Elvis:
Elvis posed a dilemma for capitalism, but it was not an insurmountable one. Eventually it preserved him as a commodity but destroyed him as a musician. Often this is blamed on â€œColonelâ€ Parker. Parker was both incompetent and scared that Elvis might do something outrageous or unpatriotic.
But things would have gone the same way without Parker. As Karl Marx noted, â€œcapitalist production is hostile to art and poetryâ€.