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The Time That Glen Campbell Sang Just for Elvis

Glen Campbell was enlisted to record demos for Elvis Presley because Campbell could sing in the same key and replicate Presley's distinctive style. The songs on Sings for the King were intended only for Elvis to hear.

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Chuck Berry Made Americans Surrender to the Rhythm

Chuck Berry was not only the true king of rock 'n' roll, the architect and originator -- he was also an astute anthropologist of American culture.

Politics

Mind-Melding Meetings Between Jesters and Kings: Elvis and Nixon, West and Trump

Where Elvis meets Nixon is the narrative of a poor boy smothered by the star-making machinery, Kanye meets Trump is a mixture of bi-polar manic depression, hubris, and misdirected energies.

Politics

Vulgarians 101: A Course for Future Leaders of America

A dystopian syllabus for an inevitable future at a hypothetical university.

Books

Dead Elvis, Money and Jesus

The very exciting life of the King since his death in 1977.

Music

A Pop Music Milestone: The Beatles Meet Elvis

The Beatles had longed to meet Elvis Presley, one of their most influential rock and roll muses.

Michael K. Bohn
Music

The Myth of Elvis Presley

Rock critic Greil Marcus holds that Elvis' songs are simply a facade. But is there not a creative person behind the facade?

John Hansen
Television

Bill O'Reilly's Rock & Roll Machine

Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?

Music

Songs of the Summers: The '60s

As it turns out, America's infatuation with sometimes kooky summer tunes is an old one.

Music

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.

Music

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.

Music

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.

James A. Cosby
Music

Return of the Anti-Valentine’s Day Playlist

With twice as much gory lyrics and depression as last year!

Music

Elvis Presley: The Classic Christmas Album

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

Music

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.

Music

In Defense of the Marriage Between Music and Television

One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available.

Music

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.

Music

Gleeks and Beliebers Rejoice: In Defense of Pop

Pop music makers like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry may get the kiss off from critics, but really, what's the harm in getting your pop groove on to their style of music?

Music

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.

Comics

Mr. Moorcock Sings on Mr. Gaiman's iPod

Writer Chris Roberson's offer of a bold new Elric as struggling with notions of American identity on a grand historical scale couldn't be more timeous. But does he lose the quintessential nature of Moorcock's command over various genre?

Music

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?

Books

'I Don't Sound like Nobody' Sheds New Light on the Birth of the Modern Music Industry

Albin J. Zak III argues that rock 'n' roll evolved more than it spontaneously erupted, with much of what came to be associated with rock having roots in music that had nothing to do with rock.

Music

'Rolling Stone' Picks the "100 Greatest Beatles Songs"

Here are Rolling Stone's picks for the top 10 greatest Beatles songs. Do you agree or disagree with their picks? Let’s discuss it below in the comments section.

Music

Elvis Is Everywhere

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

Music

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.

Reviews

'Elvis 75th Birthday Collection' Still Has Fans All Shook Up

Sometimes you watch Elvis movies for the songs or for the sheer cinematic presence of the man himself. Sometimes you actually watch an Elvis movie for the story. In this package, both reasons for watching are fulfilled.

Music

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.

Ben Ewing
Music

Elvis Presley : From Elvis in Memphis: Legacy Edition

Hot on the heels of the phenomenal success of his so called "'68 Comeback Special", Elvis Presley made one of the smartest moves of his career by returning to Memphis to record an album.

Music

Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

It's an endearing, even if slightly hokey, collection that draws from both the secular and religious musical canons.

Reviews

Elvis: Return to Tupelo

Before Memphis and the world made him king, Tupelo made him Elvis.

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All You Need Is Love

Tony Palmer's compelling yet frustrating 15-hour television series on the history of popular music, originally broadcast in the 1970s, finally sees a DVD release.


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