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Echoes of Elvis The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley by Martin Sullivan

Echoes of Elvis The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley


Echoes of Elvis The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley by Martin Sullivan

Known the world over as the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley still holds an enduring influence on our society that reaches across borders and puts everyone in the world on a first name basis with him. Echoes of Elvis, originally a Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery exhibit of the same name, examines how Elvis' story and widespread fame fit into the greater framework of American culture. Each chapter explores a different aspect of his life to determine and explain his cultural legacy.


Elvis exploded onto our national consciousness when I was attending middle school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. To understand who we became as Americans as the second half of the 20th century unfolded requires an understanding of Elvis, his origins, and what he meant to our culture. These proceedings are invaluable in the Elvis learning journey. -- G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Echoes of Elvis splendidly portrays the King at his best - like the day I met him in the Oval Office with President Nixon - and gives the reader an opportunity to enjoy Elvis from many points of view. -- Egil Bud Krogh, Deputy Assistant to President Richard Nixon and author of The Day Elvis Met Nixon and Integrity - Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from The White House As the stature and significance of Elvis - artist, performer, cultural icon - continues to broaden on a national and global scale, it is important to examine all the ways in which the growing myth transcends and transforms the story of Elvis as man and as musician. Not to be overlooked is the complex, somewhat ambiguous attitude of Memphis itself toward its famous son. This book is an essential collection of recent thinking and analysis on the King and his place in American culture and beyond. -- Kristen Iversen, editor of The University of Memphis journal The Pinch, and author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

About the Author

E. Warren Perry, Jr. is writer, researcher, and independent curator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

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Publication date

27th December 2011


Martin Sullivan

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Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press an imprint of Smithsonian Books


136 pages


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