The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley

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Reaktion Books, 15 сент. 2016 г. - Всего страниц: 256
There is no other way to put it: Elvis is the King. Note the present tense: even though Elvis (supposedly) died nearly forty years ago, he has lived on in our hearts, as a sound, as an image, and as an especially vigorous personality. In fact, it’s safe to say no other celebrity has done so quite as well. The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley is the story of that afterlife, of Elvis after he left the building. Walking the eccentrically carpeted rooms of Graceland, bidding into stratospheric sums on his auctioned relics, and mingling among the some 200,000 impersonators of his likeness, Ted Harrison offers nothing less than the ultimate Elvis tribute.

Harrison begins, of course, in pilgrimage: to Graceland. He shows how Elvis’s estate was pillaged nearly to ruin by his manager but was saved through the deft business acumen and financial vision of his divorced wife, one Priscilla Presley. If Graceland seems holy, that’s because it is: Harrison unveils in Elvis’s allure a deeply spiritual dimension, showing how Elvis fans, over the decades, have anointed their idol with Christ-like qualities. Through Elvis’s extravagance, Harrison raises fascinating links between money and faith, and through Elvis’s life, he shows how the King actually fulfilled a host of roles ranging from hero to martyr to saint. Underpinning the whole story is Elvis’s extraordinary charisma and—lest we forget—his astonishing musical genius.

Fascinating, colorful, and deeply informative, this book is a must-have for any fan, anyone who was ever lucky enough to see Elvis alive or who hopes they might still be able to.
 

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An unusual angle on the Elvis phenomenon in that it examines what happened after Presley's death. Many of the chapters look at the money, or surprising lack of it. The author goes through the ... Читать весь отзыв

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Introduction
7
1 The End is Where We Start From
13
2 He Has Sounded Forth the Trumpet that Shall Never Call Retreat
29
3 Down to His Last Million Dollars
43
4 Brand Elvis
64
5 The Followers the Faithful and the Fanatics
89
6 The Billiondollar Question
108
7 You Too Can Be Elvis
121
10 Elvis the Messiah
184
11 A Piece of Elvis
198
12 Did Elvis Really Die?
219
13 The Risen Elvis
236
References
252
Select Bibliography
261
Acknowledgements
263
Photo Acknowledgements
264

8 Worship the King
145
9 St Elvis
162

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Ted Harrison is a writer, artist, and broadcaster. He is the author of many books, including Diana: Myth and Reality and Remembrance Today: Poppies, Grief and Heroism, the latter also published by Reaktion Books. He is the producer of the award-winning BBC documentary Elvis and the Presleytarians.

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