The Elvis Craze

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The Elvis Craze The public made Elvis Presley larger than life, better known than Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and in some cases God Himself. I cannot quite understand the Elvis craze. I don't think he was a handsome man, I don't enjoy his music, I won't waste my time trying to sit through one of his boring, talentless movies, and if, God forbid, I end up on my deathbed with some horrible, incurable disease, I certainly won't make a pilgrimage to Graceland to be miraculously healed. Jack Gould conveyed some of my feeling in the essay TV: New Phenomenon when he wrote, "Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability." Although he gave away cars, cash, and gifts to friends, family, and sometimes, strangers, I can't think of any of his contributions that merits his God-like status. Cults and "churches" have been formed to worship him. One such "church" named "The First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine" in Colorado claims he paid them a visit, and he was as young and in shape as he was in his early years. There are websites dedicated to proving that Elvis and Jesus are one and the same. People claim to have seen Elvis alive at grocery stores and at parks. There is also a website devoted to the cloning of "The King" himself. People have just gone overboard worshipping Elvis! The same mothers and fathers who can't understand son or daughter's fascination with the Backstreet Boys are buying vials of Elvis's sweat from the Internet. It scares me to think that some if these people will soon be participating in the nationwide vote for a new president. Born January 8, 1935 to Gladys and Vernon Presley, the odds were against Elvis Aaron Presley from the moment the entered this world. The fact that he ascended from his dirt p... ... middle of paper ... ...-worshippers may think the reason I don't care for Elvis may be the times in which I grew up. I highly doubt that, as I have never put anyone on a pedestal and glorified him or her as so many have done with Elvis. When I began my research on this paper, I had no clue as to why anyone would waste a week of their life to attend "Elvis Week" and to pay homage to the great "King of Rock 'n' Roll." Or why anyone would dedicate all of his or her spare time to create and maintain a website dedicated to a man who has been dead for 20+ years. After all of my research at the library and on the internet, learning about his roots and his family, his rise to stardom, his military career, his film career, his Vegas career, and his personal life with all of its women and drugs, I still have no clue. Neither do the people who create the websites or write the books in honor of him.

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  • Opines that the public made elvis presley larger than life, better known than jimi hendrix, john lennon and in some cases god himself.
  • Analyzes how jack gould's essay "tv: new phenomenon" conveyed that elvis had no discernible singing ability. there are websites dedicated to proving elvis and jesus are one and the same.
  • Explains that elvis aaron presley ascended from his dirt poor roots to superstar status, and the diversity in his style contributed to his assorted fan base.
  • Analyzes how elvis' mixed gospel, country, and r & b background drew diverse crowds. his songs such as "hound dog" and "don't be cruel" went to #1.
  • Explains that elvis started concentrating more on movies after a brief stint in the us army. he made gi blues, blue hawaii, viva las vegas, and fun in acapulco.
  • Opines that elvis's "elvis myth" that is discussed in griel marcus' essay, presliad, would not have grossed half the money, and his career would have taken a turn for the worse.
  • Explains marcus' theory of the elvis "myth" in his essay, "performing a kind of enormous victory rather than winning it, elvis strides the boards with such glamour, such magnetism, that he allows his audience to transcend their desire for his talent."
  • Narrates how elvis began his vegas career with colonel parker's urging, and his wife of 6 years, who was 11 years younger than him, divorced in 1973. the touring and appearances proved too much for the couple.
  • Explains that elvis loved down-home country cooking, and would gorge himself when not touring. when it came time to tour again, he would go on ridiculous diets and become hooked on non-prescription and prescription drugs.
  • Opines that elvis was a mess onstage, mumbling his words, and trying his hardest to belt out his famous tunes. rupert matthews writes about his june 21, 1977 concert.
  • Opines that elvis's public was so consumed with the myth of elvis, they barely noticed or cared.
  • Opines that the reason they don't care for elvis may be the times in which they grew up. they have never put anyone on a pedestal and glorified him or her as so many have done with elvis.
  • Explains that they had no clue as to why anyone would waste a week of their life to attend "elvis week" and to pay homage to the great "king of rock 'n' roll."
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