Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession

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Harvard University Press, 1999 - Music - 233 pages
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In life, Elvis Presley went from childhood poverty to stardom, from world fame to dissipation and early death. As Greil Marcus shows in this remarkable book, Presley's journey after death takes him even further, pushing him beyond his own frontiers to merge with the American public consciousness‚e"and the American subconscious.

As he listens in on the public conversation that recreates Elvis after death, Marcus tracks the path of Presley's resurrection. He grafts together scattered fragments of the eclectic dialogue‚e"snatches of movies and music, books and newspapers, photographs, posters, cartoons‚e"and amazes us with not only what America has been saying as it raises its late king, but also what this strange obsession with a dead Elvis can tell us about America itself.

 

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User Review  - Maria Varela - Goodreads

A respectful and fascinating exploration of Elvis' impact on popular culture--was a joy to read. Greil Marcus is nothing if not thorough and intellectually rigorous. Also provided great insight into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Look, I get what the author was trying to do, creating a collage of a man who's essentially an image refracted from the culture that produced him, but that doesn't mean it was done particularly well. As such, this book is almost unreadable. Read full review

Contents

The AllTime AllStar 1950s Rock n Roll Movie
13
The Ashtray
26
Duets
40
The Road Away from Graceland
60
The Last Breakfast
74
The King of Rhythm Blues
100
Death on the Installment Plan
126
The Man Who Wasnt Elvis
140
Adventures of a Metaphor
160
Elvis Presley Without Music
179
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Greil Marcus is the author of "Invisible Republic," "Dead Elvis," "Lipstick Traces," & "Mystery Train." His pieces have appeared in a wide range of publications, including "Artforum," "Interview," "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," & "Esquire." He will be teaching at Princeton & Berkeley in fall 2000.

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