Lauren Eldridge Stewart
Lauren Eldridge Stewart is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology in the Department of Music at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include the cultural uses of classical music, folklore, and material culture across the African diaspora. She is currently writing a book, tentatively titled Recital: Classical Music and Narrative Power in Haiti, about the influence of global aid on the contemporary practice of classical music. Additional work traces the practice of sampling across genres with roots in the African American experience, including hip hop and gospel music.
Posts by Lauren Eldridge Stewart
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.