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The Resource Elvis Presley : a southern life, Joel Williamson with Donald L. Shaw ; foreword by Ted Ownby

Elvis Presley : a southern life, Joel Williamson with Donald L. Shaw ; foreword by Ted Ownby

Label
Elvis Presley : a southern life
Title
Elvis Presley
Title remainder
a southern life
Statement of responsibility
Joel Williamson with Donald L. Shaw ; foreword by Ted Ownby
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Elvis Presley, one of the most admired Southern historians of our time takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time. The result is a masterpiece: a vivid, gripping biography, set against the rich backdrop of Southern society-indeed, American society in the second half of the twentieth century. Author of The Crucible of Race and William Faulkner and Southern History, Joel Williamson is a renowned historian known for his matchless ability to write compelling narratives. In this tour de force biography, he captures the drama of Presley's career and offers insights into the social upheavals following World War II. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley was a contradiction, flamboyant in pegged black pants with pink stripes, yet soft-spoken, respectfully courting a decent girl from church. Then he wandered into Sun Records, and everything changed. He first went onstage in 1954. "I was scared stiff, " Elvis recalled. "Everyone was hollering and I didn't know what they were hollering at." Girls did the hollering-at his snarl and swagger. Williamson calls it "the revolution of the Elvis girls." They took command, insisting on his sexually charged performances. They lived in an intense moment, this generation raised by their mothers, when men had been at war. The first Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education occurred two weeks before Elvis's first gig, turning high schools into battlegrounds of race. Explosively, white girls went wild for a white man singing a black man's songs, "wiggling" erotically. The book illuminates the zenith of Presley's career, his period of deepest creativity, which captured a legion of fans and kept them fervently loyal throughout years of army, wine, and women. Williamson shows how Elvis himself changed-and didn't. The deferential boy with downcast eyes became the bloated, demented drug addict who, despite his success, never escaped his sense of social inferiority. He bought Graceland in part to escape the judgment of his wealthy, established neighbors. Appreciative and unsparing, musically attuned and socially revealing, Elvis Presley will deepen our understanding of the man and his times
Biography type
individual biography
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10394312
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Williamson, Joel
Dewey number
B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Shaw, Donald Lewis
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True
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  • Presley, Elvis
  • Rock musicians
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a southern life
Label
Elvis Presley : a southern life, Joel Williamson with Donald L. Shaw ; foreword by Ted Ownby
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Contents
Machine generated contents note: pt. I THE BUBBLE -- 1.The Dream -- 2.Killers of the Dream -- pt. II WHY ELVIS? -- 3.Vernon and Gladys -- 4.East Tupelo and Tupelo -- 5.Memphis -- 6.Dixie Locke and Sam Phillips -- 7.A Girl in the Bed -- pt. III COMEBACK AND DIE -- 8.The Comeback Special -- 9.Girls and Guns -- pt. IV THE FALL -- 10.The Bodyguard Book -- 11.Saved
Control code
000052717301
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199863174
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Label
Elvis Presley : a southern life, Joel Williamson with Donald L. Shaw ; foreword by Ted Ownby
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Contents
Machine generated contents note: pt. I THE BUBBLE -- 1.The Dream -- 2.Killers of the Dream -- pt. II WHY ELVIS? -- 3.Vernon and Gladys -- 4.East Tupelo and Tupelo -- 5.Memphis -- 6.Dixie Locke and Sam Phillips -- 7.A Girl in the Bed -- pt. III COMEBACK AND DIE -- 8.The Comeback Special -- 9.Girls and Guns -- pt. IV THE FALL -- 10.The Bodyguard Book -- 11.Saved
Control code
000052717301
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199863174
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits

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