Paul Heideman is a frequent contributor to Jacobin and the editor of Class Struggle and the Color Line: American Socialism and the Race Question, 1900-1930 (Haymarket, 2018).
Posts by Paul Heideman
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.