Fortunate Son: The Life of Elvis Presley

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Macmillan, Aug 7, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Elvis Presley was celebrity's perfect storm. His sole but substantial contribution was talent, a fact Charles L. Ponce de Leon is careful to demonstrate throughout his wonderfully contextual Fortunate Son. Even as the moments of lucidity necessary to exercise that talent grew rarer and rarer, Elvis proved his musical gifts right up to the end of his life. Beyond that, however, he was fortune's child. Fortunate Son succinctly traces out the larger shifts that repeatedly redefined the cultural landscape during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, using Elvis's life to present a brief history of American popular culture during these tumultuous decades.

 

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Ponce de Leon (history, SUNY Purchase;Self-Exposure: Human Interest Journalism and the Emergence of Celebrity in America, 1890-1940 ) offers another biography of Elvis, adding to the nearly countless ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
1 FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS
11
2 THE HILLBILLY CAT
39
3 ELVIS THE PELVIS
66
4 THE NEXT JAMES DEAN?
96
5 MATINEE IDOL
122
6 THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL
151
7 LIVING LEGEND
181
Notes
213
Acknowledgments
227
Index
231
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Charles L. Ponce de Leon teaches history at the State University of New York, Purchase, and is the author of Self-Exposure: The Emergence of Celebrity in America, 1890–1940.

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