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The Pedro Infante of Gringolandia…

28 June 2014
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  1. Peter Melvoin permalink
    28 June 2014 10:41 pm

    Richard, you’ve raised the fascinating intersection between Mass Culture and Ethnohistory.
    Much to ponder on.
    Elvis was a hero to large parts of the US, as indeed Pedro Infante was to parts of Mexico.
    One would have to go back and study what else was going on in the broader society to see how deep the mark was on either society.
    But Elvis changed from Country and Western music to Urban Black.
    You would know if Enfante made that journey.
    Many thanks for the YouTube clip.

    • 29 June 2014 1:23 pm

      Elvis actualy had quite a following here, and in an odd way was one of the figures in democratizing the politcal system. The start of the student movement here were protests over a government decision to prevent screenings of Jailhouse Rock. That the goverment backed down in what seemed a minor matter was the start of something much, much bigger.

  2. 28 June 2014 11:31 pm

    No que soy yo un aficianado del Elvis, pero aqui en the Estados Unidos, la historia dice que era descediente de sangre Indigena!!

    • Peter Melvoin permalink
      29 June 2014 7:11 pm

      He may indeed have a background reaching to a aboriginal group.

      “… on his mother’s side, he was Scots-Irish, with some French Norman; one of Gladys’ great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee.” See:

      It was no big deal–many had relatives from native groups throughout the south.

  3. Peter Melvoin permalink
    29 June 2014 7:13 pm

    See the Wikipedia article regarding Elvis

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