Tuesday, September 10 2013
He played bass with Elvis & Ray Charles. Produced everyone from Joan Baez to Jimmy Buffett. Norbert Putnam is a living legend, and with the release of the deluxe edition of Elvis at Stax, Putnam shares tons of stories with PopMatters, all of them gems.
Sunday, April 7 2013
While today rock is ubiquitous, few of us really understand the nuts and bolts of rock’s beginnings and especially not of rock’s crucial debt to the so-called "holy rollers" of the Pentecostal church. That Pentecostal-rock connection is a key to understanding what makes rock 'n' roll what it is.
Wednesday, July 21 2010
It is now possible to see Bing Crosby’s success not as a prior model against which Elvis Presley would assert himself, but rather, as a template that Elvis would adapt and exploit.
Sunday, July 27 2008
With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist’s desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others... others are just plain weird.
Monday, May 23 2011
There's all this buzz that Glee has passed Elvis Presley for the most Hot 100 hits in history. But does this really put that two-year old show on the same level as the King of Rock 'n' Roll? Really?
Thursday, August 15 2013
Take one of the great vocalists of the past century, give him classic material to lay into, and you’re bound to come out with something not just eminently listenable, but occasionally revelatory.
Monday, December 10 2012
This new collection of holiday tunes from the King suffers from some of his most mannered singing.
Monday, September 10 2012
By voting on their dream mixtape, Elvis fans got a chance to tell the rest of us why Elvis is so great. They blew it.
Thursday, January 19 2012
If you haven't heard it, you should. If you have it, should you buy it again?
Monday, June 6 2011
As that other musical chameleon Neil Young has noted, “Rust never sleeps.” The King was no longer gone, but he had not forgotten that the most important rule for an artist is not to stay the same. His revolutionary act was to become an adult.
Friday, November 9 2012
The 106th most acclaimed album of all time saw us standing alone, without a dream in our hearts, without a love of our own. Go, cat, go read about the King’s 1956 debut album.
Wednesday, August 17 2011
Elvis was a hero to most... but that's beside the point. He has loomed as large as any other artist during the past few decades. Here are 10 examples of his enduring influence.
Tuesday, August 24 2010
One (1) Winner receives the following ELVIS 75th Anniversary prize pack: • Home Audio Surround Sound System • Elvis on Tour Blu-ray Book available for the first time
Monday, August 16 2010
On the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, it is good to remind ourselves that Elvis is everywhere.
Wednesday, August 11 2010
In an episode of the popular sitcom Family Guy, Peter Griffin meets a genie who grants him three wishes, and one of his wishes is to have his own theme music wherever he goes -- what a great idea, especially now that it's so easy to carry your music with you.
Friday, June 8 2012
LOS ANGELES — Elvis is coming back from the dead, thanks to some digital wizardry. Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the Academy Award-winning studio that created
Sunday, January 16 2011
WASHINGTON — Before the renowned swiveling hips and the moniker "The King," Elvis Presley maintained a hectic schedule as he navigated his way to music stardom.
Friday, March 12 2010
CHICAGO — Elvis had entered the building. Not Elvis Presley himself, mind you. That would be impossible because, of course, the king died almost 33 years ago,
Sunday, January 17 2010
WASHINGTON — The National Archives is like a safe deposit box for America's really important papers — the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the $7.2 million
Friday, January 8 2010
Elvis Presley's 75th birthday is upon us, and I can't stop thinking about Lil Wayne. Comparing the long-departed King to the soon-to-be incarcerated Best Rapper