Elvis After Elvis

Author: Gilbert B. Rodman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136155139
Format: PDF, Mobi
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'For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy. His body may have failed him in 1977, but today his spirit, his image, and his myths do more than live on: they flourish, they thrive, they multiply.' Why is Elvis Presley so ubiquitous a presence in US culture? Why does he continue to enjoy a cultural prominence that would be the envy of the most heavily publicized living celebrities? In Elvis after Elvis Gil Rodman traces the myriad manifestations of The King in popular and not-so-popular culture. He asks why Elvis continues to defy our expectations of how dead stars are supposed to behave: Elvis not only refuses to go away, he keeps showing up in places where he seemingly doesn't belong. Rodman draws upon an extensive and eclectic body of Elvis 'sightings', from Elvis's appearances at the heart of the 1992 Presidential campaign to the debate over his worthiness as a subject for a postage stamp, and from Elvis's central role in furious debates about racism and the appropriation of African-American music to the world of Elvis impersonators and the importance of Graceland as a place of pilgrimage for Elvis fans and followers. Rodman shows how Elvis has become inseparable from many of the defining myths of US culture, enmeshed with the American dream and the very idea of the 'United States', caught up in debates about race, gender and sexuality and in the wars over what constitutes a national culture.

Elvis Presley 2001

Author: Stefanie Tauber
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3656120285
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Magisterarbeit aus dem Jahr 2001 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Kultur und Landeskunde, Note: 1,0, Freie Universität Berlin (John-F.-Kennedy-Institut), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: „For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy.“ Elvis Presley starb am 16. August 1977. 24 Jahre nach seinem Tod erfreut er sich (nicht nur) in der amerikanischen Kultur einer Präsenz, der kaum ein anderer (noch lebender) Star gleichkommt. Die Masse an Dingen, die mehr oder weniger direkt mit Elvis zu tun haben, ist nur sehr schwer bis gar nicht zu überblicken und zu erfassen. Und was besonders erstaunlich ist: Obwohl Elvis längst tot ist, tritt er immer noch „live“ auf. 1998 startete „Elvis – The Concert“, die erste Welttournee von Elvis. Seine ehemalige Band steht live auf der Bühne, während er als Projektion auf einer Videoleinwand erscheint. Das Guinessbuch der Rekorde notiert diese Veranstaltung als offiziellen Weltrekordhalter mit dem Etikett „the first live tour starring a performer who is no longer living“. Ist das ein makabrer Scherz? Offensichtlich nicht. Offizieller Veranstalter der Tournee sind die „Elvis Presley Enterprises“, die Tour dauert seit drei Jahren an, und weltweit füllt Elvis auf seiner posthumen Tour die Arenen. Pünktlich zu seinem Todestag kam außerdem dieses Jahr ein „neuer“ Elvis-Film in die deutschen Kinos, die sogenannte „Special Edition“ des Dokumentarfilm-Klassikers „Elvis – That’s The Way It Is“. Ein Kamerateam hatte Elvis 1970 zu Beginn seines legendären Las-Vegas-Engagements begleitet, drei Tage lang den Proben beigewohnt und sechs Konzerte mitgeschnitten. Die „Special Edition“ erweist sich tatsächlich als ein neuer Medientext, dessen Hauptdarsteller – das ist nicht uninteressant, noch einmal zu wiederholen – immerhin schon seit 24 Jahren tot ist! Und dieser Medientext findet heute, auch wenn er eigentlich 31 Jahre alt ist, ein großes Publikum. Der Ausspruch „Elvis lebt!“ ist an sich nicht nur ein Kalauer, der zum popkulturellen Gemeinplatz mutiert ist, er verweist auch darauf, daß Elvis Presley selbst mehr als ein Star ist und vielmehr gerade in seiner posthumen Omnipräsenz eine kulturelle Mutation darstellt. Elvis ist nicht bloß ein toter Star, Elvis ist ein (pop)kulturelles Phänomen.

Elvis Religion

Author: Gregory L. Reece
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781845112561
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Investigates the rise of the King of Rock 'n' Roll to god-like status

Grown Up All Wrong

Author: Robert Christgau
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674443181
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A collection of writings exploring the trends in rock, pop, and rap music from the 1950s to the present, discussing such topics as the origins of rock and the relationship of racial politics and rap

Drugs in American Society An Encyclopedia of History Politics Culture and the Law 3 volumes

Author: Nancy E. Marion
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610695968
Format: PDF, ePub
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Containing more than 450 entries, this easy-to-read encyclopedia provides concise information about the history of and recent trends in drug use and drug abuse in the United States—a societal problem with an estimated cost of $559 billion a year. • Contains more than 450 detailed entries on topics ranging from drugs themselves—such as alcohol, codeine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines—to key individuals like Harry Anslinger to organizations such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) • Covers the latest developments in U.S. policies and public attitudes toward drugs and drug use • Provides citations with each entry to guide users to other valuable research resources • Features carefully selected primary documents—including excerpts from important laws, policies, and campaigns—that have shaped American drug policy over the decades

Scars of Sweet Paradise

Author: Alice Echols
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 1466839791
Format: PDF
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Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted. A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

Quentin Tarantino s Django Unchained

Author: Oliver C. Speck
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1623567807
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Django Unchained is certainly Quentin Tarantino's most commercially-successful film and is arguably also his most controversial. Fellow director Spike Lee has denounced the representation of race and slavery in the film, while many African American writers have defended the white auteur. The use of extremely graphic violence in the film, even by Tarantino's standards, at a time when gun control is being hotly debated, has sparked further controversy and has led to angry outbursts by the director himself. Moreover, Django Unchained has become a popular culture phenomenon, with t-shirts, highly contentious action figures, posters, and strong DVD/BluRay sales. The topic (slavery and revenge), the setting (a few years before the Civil War), the intentionally provocative generic roots (Spaghetti Western and Blaxploitation) and the many intertexts and references (to German and French culture) demand a thorough examination. Befitting such a complex film, the essays collected here represent a diverse group of scholars who examine Django Unchained from many perspectives.

Post Object Fandom

Author: Rebecca Williams
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1623562104
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Fandom is generally viewed as an integral part of everyday life which impacts upon how we form emotional bonds with ourselves and others in a modern, mediated world. Whilst it is inevitable for television series to draw to a close, the reactions of fans have rarely been considered. Williams explores this everyday occurence through close analysis of television fans to examine how they respond to, discuss, and work through their feelings when shows finish airing. Through a range of case studies, including The West Wing (NBC, 2000-2006), Lost (ABC 2004 -2010), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Doctor Who (BBC 1963-1989; 2005-), The X-Files (FOX, 1993-2002), Firefly (FOX, 2002) and Sex and the City (HBO, 1998-2004), Williams considers how fans prepare for the final episodes of shows, how they talk about this experience with fellow fans, and how, through re-viewing, discussion and other fan practices, they seek to maintain their fandom after the show's cessation.

Sound Tracks

Author: John Connell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134699123
Format: PDF, Docs
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Sound Tracks is the first comprehensive book on the new geography of popular music, examining the complex links between places, music and cultural identities. It provides an interdisciplinary perspective on local, national and global scenes, from the 'Mersey' and 'Icelandic' sounds to 'world music', and explores the diverse meanings of music in a range of regional contexts. In a world of intensified globalisation, links between space, music and identity are increasingly tenuous, yet places give credibility to music, not least in the 'country', and music is commonly linked to place, as a stake to originality, a claim to tradition and as a marketing device. This book develops new perspectives on these relationships and how they are situated within cultural and geographical thought.


Author: Jonathan Gray
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814732380
Format: PDF, Kindle
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We are all fans. Whether we log on to Web sites to scrutinize the latest plot turns in Lost, “stalk” our favorite celebrities on Gawker, attend gaming conventions, or simply wait with bated breath for the newest Harry Potter novel—each of us is a fan. Fandom extends beyond television and film to literature, opera, sports, and pop music, and encompasses both high and low culture. Fandom brings together leading scholars to examine fans, their practices, and their favorite texts. This unparalleled selection of original essays examines instances across the spectrum of modern cultural consumption from Karl Marx to Paris Hilton, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to backyard wrestling, Bach fugues to Bollywood cinema ̧ and nineteenth-century concert halls to computer gaming. Contributors examine fans of high cultural texts and genres, the spaces of fandom, fandom around the globe, the impact of new technologies on fandom, and the legal and historical contexts of fan activity. Fandom is key to understanding modern life in our increasingly mediated and globalized world.