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Elvis Religion: The Cult of The King (Hardback)

Gregory L Reece

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ISBN 10: 1845112563 / ISBN 13: 9781845112561
Edité par I.B.Tauris Co Ltd, United Kingdom, 2006
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Language: English . Brand New Book. From Graceland to Las Vegas, from fans to impersonators, from novels, films and popular music to internet websites, outsider art and tabloid conspiracy theories, the cult of Elvis Presley has, since his death, become ever more imaginative. Elvis Religion explores the frequently bizarre and weird phenomena growing out of this world and investigates what it is that has turned the King of Rock n Roll into a god-like figure. He is not just an icon for late night lonely hearts in Memphis, but is the inspiration behind the violent visions of movies like Mystery Train and Wild at Heart , the music of Kirsty MacColl and Paul Simon, and the internet church for whom he is a supernatural being who dwells in the constellation of Orion. Gregory L Reece makes a journey to discover the Jumpsuit Jesus for himself, which takes him into the heart of fan obsession. Along the way, he discovers that if Elvis Saves it is because now, more than ever, the Memphis Messiah seems like a prophet for our times. N° de réf. du libraire AA79781845112561

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Titre : Elvis Religion: The Cult of The King (...

Éditeur : I.B.Tauris Co Ltd, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2006

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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From Graceland to Las Vegas, from fans to impersonators, from novels, films and popular music to internet websites, outsider art and tabloid conspiracy theories, the cult of Elvis Presley has, since his death, become ever more imaginative. "Elvis Religion" explores the frequently bizarre and weird phenomena growing out of this world and investigates what it is that has turned the King of Rock 'n' Roll into a god-like figure. He is not just an icon for late night lonely hearts in Memphis, but is the inspiration behind the violent visions of movies like "Mystery Train" and "Wild at Heart", the music of Kirsty MacColl and Paul Simon, and the internet church for whom he is a supernatural being who dwells in the constellation of Orion. Gregory L Reece makes a journey to discover the Jumpsuit Jesus for himself, which takes him into the heart of fan obsession. Along the way, he discovers that if Elvis Saves it is because now, more than ever, the Memphis Messiah seems like a prophet for our times.

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A well-done and readable survey. - Simon Reynolds, author of Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84. This touching personal portrayal touches the blurred line between sincerity and irony that characterises Elvis fandom...Reece's journey takes him away from the loving hoards in Memphis towards an increasingly kooky range of texts that parody the Elvis phenomenon as a cruel joke about obsession, the South, working class humility and taste. - Mark Duffett, Senior Lecturer in Media, University College, Chester Reece writes about Elvis religion with a cool grace, style and wit. This is a very readable, intelligent and sardonically perceptive treatment of the strange byways of the Elvis faith. As the Presleyterians would say: E-men! - Norman Girardot, University Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religions, Lehigh University 'Charming, honest, entertainingly anecdotal, half-persuasive, and, considering that the author is an academic, remarkably lucid.' 'This colourful little socioanthopological study will appeal to all sneering British connoisseurs of garish American stupidity.' - Christopher Hart, Sunday Times THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERS 'the sanest and wittiest summary yet of the whole bonkers phenomenon' - Robert Sandall

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