Is The King Finally Dead, After 25 Years?
August 11, 2002 1:08 AM Subscribe
Is The King Finally Dead, After 25 Years? Elvis Presley
died on 16 August 1977 and, silly season or not, The Observer
, kicking off with Nik Cohn
's above-linked essay, has assembled a cracking collection of articles, interviews and humorous pieces about the controversial crooner, mainly directed (I'd say) at non-fans
. To my mind, the most enjoyable are Nigel Slater
's brave attempt to make the famous Presley sandwich
; the weird interview with Larry Geller
, his hairdresser and spiritual advisor
; the account of Elvis's only (secret) visit to Britain
; Michael Odell
's funny set of instructions on how not to behave
at an Elvis party; an interview with George Nichopoulos
, the doctor who wrote out more than 10,000 prescriptions for him; a round-up of ludicrous ex-girlfriends' memories
and, as an after-thought, a collector's report on locating that legendary first "Uh-huh"
of his. It's all good stuff but one has to ask whether, in this day and age, it isn't, er, overkill
. Is Elvis Presley still that relevant or is he slowly becoming a figure of fun? Whether or not he's actually dead, of course, is entirely another matter...
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