Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself

Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself

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by Lewis Grizzard
     
 

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The 1950s Were Simple Times To Grow Up. About The Worst thing a kid ever did was smoke rabbit tobacco rolled in paper torn from a brown grocery sack, or maybe slick back his hair into a ducktail and try gyrating his hips like Elvis.

But then assassinations, war, civil rights, free love, and drugs rocked the old order. And as they did, Lewis Grizzard frequently

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The 1950s Were Simple Times To Grow Up. About The Worst thing a kid ever did was smoke rabbit tobacco rolled in paper torn from a brown grocery sack, or maybe slick back his hair into a ducktail and try gyrating his hips like Elvis.

But then assassinations, war, civil rights, free love, and drugs rocked the old order. And as they did, Lewis Grizzard frequently felt lost and confused. In place of Elvis, the Pied Piper of his generation, Grizzard now found wormy-looking, long-haired English kids who performed either half-naked or dressed like ZaSu Pitts.

Even country music changed. Willie Nelson first challenged his fans by growing a beard, but then pushed them to the edge by wearing an earring. And sex became more prevalent than twin-fiddle intros in country music. Grizzard felt trapped between two generations. "Although I live in a new world, I was reared to live in an old one," he writes. His contusion continued into the eighties and, as explored in his award-winning columns and his best-selling books, made Grizzard a household name.

Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself is the witty, satiric, nostalgic account of Grizzard's efforts to survive in a changing world. Sex, music, clothes, entertainment, and life itself receive the Grizzard treatment. In this, his sixth book, Grizzard was never funnier or more in tune with his readers. He might not have felt so good himself, but his social commentary and humor can still make the rest of us feel just fine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588382719
Publisher:
NewSouth, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/05/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
294,435
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Grizzard, Jr., was an American writer and humorist known for his commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sportswriter and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he was much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian and lecturer.

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