Elvis Presley: born 8th January, 1935, died 16th August, 1977.
|"Before Elvis, there was nothing." --- John Lennon|
'The young boy with the long, greasy, dirty-blond hair poked his head in the door shyly, tentatively, looking as if he were ready to withdraw at a moment's notice if you just said boo to him, using that look to gain entrance, determined somehow to make himself known.
He said, "If you know somebody that needs a singer . . ."
And I said, "What kind of singer are you?"
He said, "I sing all kinds."
I said, "Who do you sound like?"
"I don't sound like nobody."'
Marion Keisker of Sun Studio, quoted by Peter Guralnick in Last Train to Memphis
'Elvis contained more of America --- had swallowed whole more of its contradictions and paradoxes --- than any other figure I could think of . . . I understood Elvis not as a human being but as a force, as a kind of necessity: that is, the necessity existing in every culture that leads it to produce a perfect, all-inclusive metaphor for itself. This is what Elvis Presley turned out to be. Or, rather, turned himself into. Or, maybe, agreed to become. This would of necessity be a Faustian bargain.' Greil Marcus, Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession
Peter Guralnick, Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley