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Tuesday, September 10 2013

For Ol' Times Sake: An Interview with Norbert Putnam About Elvis

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

Holy Rollers, Rock 'n' Rollers, and the Birth of Rock Music

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

Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Narratives of American Popular Song

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

Part One: The Icons

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

Is 'Glee' the New Elvis, Really?

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?


Sunday, March 23 2014

Elvis Presley: Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis

There's a lot to be learned from Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis, not just about Elvis Presley, but about the amorphous metrics by which we measure the quality of live performances.

Thursday, August 15 2013

Elvis Presley: Elvis at Stax

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

Elvis Presley: The Classic Christmas Album

This new collection of holiday tunes from the King suffers from some of his most mannered singing.

Monday, September 10 2012

Elvis Presley: I Am an Elvis Fan

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

Elvis Presley - Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) (Legacy Edition)

If you haven't heard it, you should. If you have it, should you buy it again?


Friday, November 9 2012

Counterbalance No. 106: 'Elvis Presley'

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 Is Still Dead: 10 (Mostly) Respectful Cultural Invocations of the King

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

CONTEST: ELVIS 75th Anniversary Prize Pack

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

Elvis Is Everywhere

On the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, it is good to remind ourselves that Elvis is everywhere.

Wednesday, August 11 2010

Music - Your Personal Soundtrack

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

Elvis will live on — at least digitally

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

Photos capture 'The King' before he had a court in 'Elvis at 21'

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

Graceland hopes Elvis' clothing, and his crayons, will lure tourists to his estate in Memphis

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

Behind a famous photo, the story of how Elvis went to Washington

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

From Elvis to Lil Wayne: Just a hip and a hop away

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

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