ELVIS in CULTURE: Further Investigation

Books on Elvis as an cultural phenomenon

It is impossible to keep track of what is written about Elvis Presley and his influence on popular culture. What we know for certain is that the number of publications have long since passed a three-digit number (it is even possible it’s now a four-digit number), and it seems to never end. Every year it is published new books on the subject ... and honestly ... should we not “call it a day” and finish up our investigation of "Elvis Presley"?

I will present the following simple statements to explain why Elvis is still a relevant and interesting reading. Elvis represents diversity that no other... from poverty to riches... from truck driver to King... from evolution to decay...

Elvis is contradiction… Elvis is cool! (1954 – 1970)… Elvis is fat! (1974 – 1977)… Elvis has good taste! (1954 – 1969)… Elvis has bad taste! (1970’s)… Elvis has the looks! (1954 – 1973)… Elvis is blunt and bloated! (1976 – 1977)… Elvis is the atomic powered singer! (1955 – 1957) – Elvis is a dull ballad singer! (1974 – 1977)… Elvis is hot! (1954 – 1961)… Elvis is not! (1964 – 1967 / 1974 – 1977)… This is as good as any explanation on why Elvis still lives on in our search for answers.

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  • Elvis after Life: Unusual Psychic Experiences Surrounding the Death of a Superstar by Raymond A. Moody (Jul, 1987)
  • Communicating with the Dead: Elvis as Medium by Lynn Spiegel (Camera Obscura 23) (1990)
  • Elvisiana by Jane and Michael Stern (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste) (1990)
  • Elvis Alive? The Ideology of American Consumerism by Peter Stromberg (The Journal of Popular Culture 24:3) (1990)
  • Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession by Greil Marcus (1991)
  • When Elvis Died: Media Overload & the Origins of the Elvis Cult by Janice Gregory and Neal Gregory (Jul 15, 1992)
  • Elvis Is Everywhere by Rowland Scherman (Jan 8, 1992)
  • The Elvis Sightings by Peter Eicher (Aug 1, 1993)
  • True Disbelievers: The Elvis Contagion by R. Serge Denisoff and George Plasketes (Jan 1, 1995)
  • E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith by John Strausbaugh (Oct 23, 1995)
  • Among the Believers: Elvis, Healer by Ron Rosenbaum (The New York Magazine) (Sep 24, 1995)
  • Elvis Inc.: The Fall and Rise of the Presley Empire by Sean O'Neal (Aug 21, 1996)
  • Elvis after Elvis: The Posthumous Career of a Living Legend by Gilbert B. Rodman (Nov 9, 1996)
  • But Seriously: Taking the Elvis Phenomenon Religiously by Norman J. Girardot (Religious Studies News 11) (Nov, 1996)
  • Images of Elvis Presley in American Culture, 1977-1997: The Mystery Terrain by Hoffmann, Plasketes and Ramirez (Jul 8, 1997)
  • Elvis Presley by Kjetil Rolness (1998)
  • Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith and Image by Erika Doss (1999)
  • Contemporary American Religion by Wade Clark Roof (Chapter; “Elvis Cults”) (2000)
  • Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image by Erika Doss (2004)
  • In Search of Elvis: A Journey to Find the Man beneath the Jumpsuit by Charlie Connelly (Feb 7, 2008)
  • Elvis Evangelist: The true inspiration of an icon by John Howard (Kindle Edition) (July 25, 2012)
  • Elvis Presley: Historical And Cultural Perspectives On A Modern Icon by Ben Griffin (Kindle Edition) (May 14, 2013)
  • Elvis Presley: A Southern Life by Joel Williamson (Nov 13, 2014)
  • Elvis Has Left the Building: The Day the King Died by Dylan Jones (Aug 14, 2014)

Recommended links for further studies

In our in-depth search on the Internet we have not been able to find one single Elvis web-site solely focusing on him as a cultural icon. Several sites include articles and news, but it is very rare that this information is categorized in an easy-to-find mode.

It is as it should be… Elvis was first and foremost a singer and a record/concert artist. The intention of our web-site is not in any way meant to trivialize Elvis as, in our opinion, the world’s greatest artist (singer) ever. Our goal is rather to make something different… an easy accessible information-portal for themes not related to his music, but his impact on our society in general.

Below you will find links to significant and good articles related to Elvis as a cultural force in the new millennium.

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