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Fans prepare to celebrate Elvis' birthday: Queen's University expert

2012-01-11

Queen’s University adjunct music professor Robbie MacKay is available to comment on the phenomenon that is Elvis Presley. The King would have turned77  this Sunday.

“’If I could find a white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel, I could make a billion dollars,’ infamously stated Sun Record's Sam Phillips. He underestimated himself. Elvis Presley was exactly that right white man at the right, troubled time,” says Prof. MacKay.

Prof. MacKay teaches the Social History of Popular Music and researches social equity in music education. He can speak to Elvis' talent, the social and musical hybridity Elvis represents and Elvis’ place in eras of racism and civil rights, youth culture and nostalgia.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613.533.2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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