Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession

Front Cover
Harvard University Press, 1999 - Music - 233 pages
2 Reviews

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.


What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession

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

Review: Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession

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


The AllTime AllStar 1950s Rock n Roll Movie
The Ashtray
The Road Away from Graceland
The Last Breakfast
The King of Rhythm Blues
Death on the Installment Plan
The Man Who Wasnt Elvis
Adventures of a Metaphor
Elvis Presley Without Music

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1999)

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.

Bibliographic information