Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession
Harvard University Press
Publication Date :
1 Jan 1999
In life, Elvis Presley went from childhood poverty to stardom, from world fame to dissipation and early death. As Greil Marcus shows, Presley's journey after death takes him even further, pushing him beyond his own frontiers to merge with the American public consciousness - and the American subconscious. As he listens in on the public conversation that recreates Elvis after death, Marcus tracks the path of Presley's resurrection. He grafts together scattered fragments of the eclectic dialogue and shows what this strange obsession with a dead Elvis can tell us about America itself.