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Dead Elvis

A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession

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$19.50 • £15.95 • €17.50

ISBN 9780674194229

Publication Date: 03/15/1999

Academic Trade

288 pages

54 halftones, 5 fineline illustrations


Marcus’s rapt attention to what Elvis continues to mean is both transmitted and justified in a splendid piece of critical art ... a marvelous and profane book about a cultural symbol of cultural symbol-making.—David Foster Wallace, Los Angeles Times Book Review

The evidence Marcus has gathered suggests that Presley’s posthumous appeal has to do with our ferocious ambivalence toward him, a blend of worship and revulsion, obeisance and revolutionary desire. Sympathetically despising what Presley became, everyone is now in on--not the joke, but the remaking of their world.—Eric Lott, The Nation

Go no further for the biggest thoughts about the biggest ever pop icon.Glasgow Sunday Herald

Marcus shows that the rupture that was Elvis in 1954-57 lives on, below and above ground, glowing in grotesque and still dangerous half-life.—W.T. Lhamon, Jr., American Quarterly

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