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Graceland: Going Home with Elvis

ISBN13: 9780674358898
ISBN: 0674358899
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $27.5
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published Date:
Pages: 266
Average Goodreads rating: 3.18/5 (1 ratings)

He didn't write music or lyrics and wasn't too articulate on the subject of himself, but when he created his dream house Elvis Presley spoke volumes about who he was. From the musical notes that dance across the gates to the columns of the neo-Southern manse, from the glittering stairwells to the jungle rec room to the plush-lined bathroom suite where he died, the colours and textures and shapes of Graceland speak for the boy from Tupelo who became the King of Rock 'n' Roll. What the mansion says of Elvis, and what it says to - and of - the millions of fans who make the journey there each year, is what Graceland: Going Homd with Elvis is about. What made Elvis a visual icon was his concern for style. Karal Ann Marling interprets the places and the look of Elvis's life - from shotgun shack to mansion, through byways lined with luxury hotels, Hollywood studios, old churches, housing projects, motels and malls - as a dialogue he conducted with himself, his family and his fans.