In Search of Elvis: Music, Race, Art, Religion

In Search of Elvis: Music, Race, Art, Religion

By: Vernon Chadwick (editor)Paperback

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The International Conference on Elvis Presley, convened at the University of Mississippi in August, transformed a rock and roll icon into a scholarly phenomenon. Educators, artists, and Elvis aficionados from across the world--plus over one hundred internationally based reporters--collected on Oxford, Mississippi, soil to analyze and celebrate Elvis' impact on the world stage.From this conference, which became front page New York Times Magazine news, springs this book, the best and brightest essays and artwork swirling around the cultural, social, political, and iconographic figure of Elvis Presley. Discussed within are such topics as Elvis as Southerner, Elvis as sign system, Elvis' multicultural audiences, Elvis and rockabilly, Elvis as redneck, the Elvis oeuvre, and Elvis' religious roots. Taken together, In Search of Elvis represents a daring and groundbreaking academic analysis. Richly illustrated with original Elvis-inspired artwork, this book captures the subterranean essence of one of the most phenomenal artists to have ever lived.

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Vernon Chadwick is assistant professor of English at the University of Mississippi.


* Introduction: Ole Massas Dead, Long Live the King of Rock n Roll Vernon Chadwick. Music * Country Elvis Bill Malone. * Rethinking Elvis and the Rockabilly Moment Stephen Tucker. * From Denmark to RCA: On the Road with Elvis, Scotty, and Bill Ernst Jrgensen. * Elvis as Anthology Peter Nazareth. Race * Elvis as Southerner John Shelton Reed. * Elvis Presley as Redneck Will Campbell. * Elviss Man Friday Gene Smith. * A Revolutionary Sexual Persona: Elvis Presley and the White Acquiescence of Black Rhythms Jon Michael Spencer. Art * It Aint No Hound Dog, Maybe, But I Believe Its Some Kinda Critter Anyway: Elvis and Southern Self-Taught Art as Storytelling Roger Manley. * In Search of Elvis: An Exhibition in a Variety of Media Katherine Herndon. * Everything Elvis Joni Mabe. * Why Im the Worlds Number One Elvis Fan Paul MacLeod. * Generation E Elvis MacLeod. * In Search of the Young Elvis: Confessions of a Dutch Archivist Ger Rijff. Religion * Dead Elvis as Other Jesus M. Gottdiener. * Sermon on Alvis Howard Finster. Epilogue * When Elvis Died: Enshrining a Legend Neal and Janice Gregory.

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/12/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780813329871
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780813329871
  • weight: 459
  • ISBN10: 0813329876

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