Graceland: Going Home with Elvis

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Title: Graceland: Going Home with Elvis
Author: Karal Ann Marling
ISBN10: 0674358902
ISBN13: 978-0674358904
Publisher: Harvard University Press; 2nd edition (August 16, 1997)
Language: English
Subcategory: Music
Size PDF: 1475 kb
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Rating: 4.2/5
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Pages: 266 pages
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Graceland: Going Home with Elvis by Karal Ann Marling


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He didn't write music or lyrics and wasn't too articulate on the subject of himself, but when he created his dream house Elvis Presley spoke volumes about who he was. From the musical notes that dance across the gates to the soaring columns of the neo-Southern manse, from the glittering stairwells to the jungle rec room to the plush-lined bathroom suite where he died, the colors and textures and shapes of Graceland speak eloquently for the boy from Tupelo who became the King of Rock 'n' Roll. What the mansion says of Elvis, and what it says to - and of - the millions of fans who make the journey there each year, is what Graceland: Going Home with Elvis is about. This conversation is what tourism is about, and so Graceland speaks of tourism as well of the author's forays into an alien South, its rhythms, its history, and of Elvis as the ultimate tourist, the musician on the road, ever in transit between home and the one-night stand. Reconstructing the changing interior of Graceland during its owner's lifetime, the book describes the cultural geography of Elvisness - his self-created material world - and of American mobility in the postwar era.