In Search of Elvis: Music, Race, Art, Religion / Edition 1

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813329871
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


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

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Ole Massa's Dead, Long Live the King of Rock 'n' Roll
1 Country Elvis 3
2 Rethinking Elvis and the Rockabilly Moment 19
3 From Denmark to RCA: On the Road with Elvis, Scotty, and Bill 29
4 Elvis as Anthology 37
5 Elvis as Southerner 75
6 Elvis Presley as Redneck 93
7 Elvis's Man Friday 103
8 A Revolutionary Sexual Persona: Elvis Presley and the White Acquiescence of Black Rhythms 109
9 "It Ain't No Hound Dog, Maybe, But I Believe It's Some Kinda Critter Anyway": Elvis and Southern Self-Taught Art as Storytelling 123
10 In Search of Elvis: An Exhibition in a Variety of Media 143
11 Everything Elvis 153
12 Why I'm the World' Number One Elvis Fan 161
13 Generation E 171
14 In Search of the Young Elvis: Confessions of a Dutch Archivist 179
15 Dead Elvis as Other Jesus 189
16 Sermon on Alvis 201
17 When Elvis Died: Enshrining a Legend 225
Notes 243
About the Editor and Contributors 282
Index 285
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