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The cult of Elvis Presley has, since his death, become ever more pervasive in American culture. From Graceland to Las Vegas, from fans to impersonators, from novels, films and popular music to websites, outsider art and tabloid conspiracy theories, Elvis Religion explores this frequently bizarre phenomenon and investigates how the King of Rock 'n' Roll became a god-like figure. Elvis, we discover, is found everywhere. Not just an icon for late night lonely hearts in Memphis, or Elvis impersonators on a Vegas stage, he is the inspiration behind the violence of movies like Mystery Train and Wild at Heart, the kitsch sanctuary of Graceland Too, the music of Kirsty MacColl and Paul Simon, and the Internet church for whom he is a supernatural being dwelling in the constellation of Orion.
Gregory L. Reece makes a journey to discover the Jumpsuit Jesus for himself, taking him into the heart of fan obsession. Along the way, he discovers that if Elvis Saves, it is because the Memphis Messiah seems like a prophet for our times.
|1||Elvis in Memphis : happy hour at the Heartbreak Hotel||7|
|2||Elvis incarnate : impersonators, tribute artists, and priests||23|
|3||Elvis in film : violent visions, ambiguous angels||47|
|4||Elvis in fiction : Memphis messiah, jumpsuit Jesus||71|
|5||Elvis in song : Graceland gospel, Elvis elegies, and ironic invitationals||95|
|6||Elvis in art : outsider Elvis and Graceland too||113|
|7||Elvis on the Internet : Presleyterians, eighth day transfigurists, and the Dizgraceland Chapel||135|
|8||Elvis in the tabloids : alive and coming back!||155|
|9||Ironic kingdom : Elvis and religion in popular (and not so popular) culture||179|
|Postscript : pass the Elvis-themed lunchbox and thermos salt-and-pepper shaker set, please||193|