The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley
Distributed for Reaktion Books
Harrison begins, of course, in pilgrimage: to Graceland. He shows how Elvis’s estate was pillaged nearly to ruin by his manager but was saved through the deft business acumen and financial vision of his divorced wife, one Priscilla Presley. If Graceland seems holy, that’s because it is: Harrison unveils in Elvis’s allure a deeply spiritual dimension, showing how Elvis fans, over the decades, have anointed their idol with Christ-like qualities. Through Elvis’s extravagance, Harrison raises fascinating links between money and faith, and through Elvis’s life, he shows how the King actually fulfilled a host of roles ranging from hero to martyr to saint. Underpinning the whole story is Elvis’s extraordinary charisma and—lest we forget—his astonishing musical genius.
Fascinating, colorful, and deeply informative, this book is a must-have for any fan, anyone who was ever lucky enough to see Elvis alive or who hopes they might still be able to.
1 ‘The End is Where We Start From’
2 ‘He Has Sounded Forth the Trumpet that Shall Never Call Retreat’
3 Down to His Last Million Dollars
4 Brand Elvis
5 The Followers, the Faithful and the Fanatics
6 The Billion-dollar Question
7 You Too Can Be Elvis
8 Worship the King
9 St Elvis
10 Elvis the Messiah
11 A Piece of Elvis
12 Did Elvis Really Die?
13 The Risen Elvis