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08.08.2014 | | Posted at 07:47 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Elvis Presley’s final decade is often remembered for the drug abuse, obesity, spotty performances and erratic behavior that climaxed in an early death. But in 1970, the King of Rock and Roll was at the top of the game he chose to play—it wasn’t usually rock anymore, unless he dipped into his bag of early hits (“That’s All Right,” “Heartbreak Hotel”), but pop musi...
04.05.2014 | | Posted at 08:32 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Any pressing need for another Elvis book? Speaking as the co-author of one, the answer is “No!” and even if I’d never written a word on the subject, it would still be “No!” So what’s with the latest title on the Presley shelf, rock critic Gillian G. Gaar’s 100 Things Elvis Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books)? Like other books in the...
11.18.2013 | | Posted at 06:03 PM

The King Got No Respect at the Movies

By David Luhrssen
  Elvis Presley’s great ambition was to become a respected Hollywood actor. Although he starred in many pictures, his dream was continually thwarted by the machinations of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. And to be fair, the Colonel wasn’t the only one to blame. In Elvis Films FAQ (published by Applause Books), author Paul Simpson quotes the King: “It’s just that Ho...
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Elvis at Stax: Deluxe Edition Box (RCA/Legacy)

The mismanagement of Elvis’ career by Colonel Parker is infamous and the Colonel’s treatment of the King as a cash cow wasn’t the worst of it. Elvis’ manager was a tin-eared philistine who imagined that the general public shared his bad taste. Elvis’ development as an artist was hindered by Parker’s insistence on churning
Monday, Aug. 5, 2013
 Elvis may have been the star of his first movie, but he played only a supporting role in this post-Civil War drama. Love Me Tender (1956), out now on Blu-ray, was a competent B movie from the old studio system, with
01.16.2013 | | Posted at 11:42 AM

The Movie that Spoofed the King

By David Luhrssen
  There really was a generation gap—a gaping chasm—between the rock’n’rollers and the old school entertainers of the previous era. Nowhere was this more evident than in the 1963 movie Bye Bye Birdie, adapted from a recent Broadway hit. The musical comedy was a spoof of the younger generation inspired by Elvis Presley’s induction into the army and the fan circus surroundin...
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

Young Man with the Big Beat (RCA Legacy)

Nineteen fifty-six was the year Elvis Presley rose from promising, regionally popular Southern star in a genre the music press called “rural rhythm” into Elvis, the King of Rock'n'Roll. His ascent resulted in part from the work of his carnie manager...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Elvis is Back! The Legacy Edition (RCA/Legacy)

The artistry of Elvis Presley's career after his return from the army rose and fell with as many fluctuations as the stock market. His worst music was generally produced for the movie soundtracks he came to despise. The best was recorded in sympathetic settings in Memphis or Nashville in the company...
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009

Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight (RCA/Legacy)

Each musical anthology of Elvis Presley, and one has been released every few years since his death more than 30 years ago, feels more and more like a referendum on the relevance of the man’s work. True, he altered the pop music landscape in the 1950s and may be the biggest-selling act in his label’s catalog...