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Graceland: Going Home with Elvis, Karal Ann Marling

Graceland: Going Home with Elvis,

Karal Ann Marling

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ISBN : 9780674358904
Paperback
268 pages
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 About the Book 

He didnt write music or lyrics and wasnt 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 theMoreHe didnt write music or lyrics and wasnt 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 authors 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 owners lifetime, the book describes the cultural geography of Elvisness - his self-created material world - and of American mobility in the postwar era.