See also music appropriation
- False rumor taints Elvis
(Cox News Service, August 16, 2002)
"The only thing Negroes can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes." ... surprisingly to those who have long believed the rumored remark to be true (including this African American reporter), it seems that he didn't make the remark.
- Dispelling The Myths
(David Neale's Web Site)
Review of a book by Todd Rheingold
'... "Dispelling The Myths" not only succeeds in its aim to "clear" Elvis of accusations of , it also provides useful information about the context in which Elvis grew as a performer, at a time before mass media support and huge publicity campaigns and when a white man who moved and sang like a black man was frowned upon. That Elvis, because of this latter aspect, was, and still is, regarded with suspicion by the black community, is, after some consideration, perhaps not as surprising as I first thought. A book like "Dispelling The Myths" deserves success in order to allay these suspicions. ...'
- He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley (2 volume video set)
In this documentary, Myrna Smith and Andrus Sherman, black singers employed by Elvis Presley, refute the accusation that Elvis was racist.
- Elvis the Integrator
Elvis was a force for racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Was Presley A Racist? (4th item)
By Alexander Cockburn
(CounterPunch, August 29, 2002)
- Elvis Was a Racist
(Village Broadsheet, June 7 2005)
Get beyond the heading and the first paragraph to find the author's true intent.
- Wa Elvis a Racist?
Professional civil rights photographer Ernest Withers, from his own experience with Elvis, gives his assessment of Elvis as always treating Afro-Americans as human beings and with respect at a time when this was not common. He considers the allegations of racism against Elvis untrue because they are out of character. "Elvis was a great man and did more for civil rights than people know. To call him a racist is an insult to us all."
- Elvis Presley and the society of hate: The so-called 'King' is a poor hero
By Steve Hammer
This author believes the worst about Elvis.
- Elvis Relics; media coverage of the sale of Elvis Presley's hair, teeth, etc, on e-bay since 2000
(Elvis Presley Fan Club of Queensland)
- Undead Elvis
"... often the forms of Elvis worship follow Catholic forms in much more recognizable and specific ways than Protestant ones. There are saint's relics, for example, and legends of sightings, miracles (including healings and conversions), crying statues, revered relics (many in dispute), images of the saint central to popular performances, processions, etc. ... "
- Relics and the Incorruptibles
About the veneration of relics. There are 3 Classes of relics: 1st Class - a part of the Saint (bone, hair, etc.) and the instruments of Christ's passion; 2nd Class - something owned by the Saint or instruments of torture used against a martyr; 3rd Class - something that has been touched to a 1st or 2nd Class Relic. You can make your own 3rd Class relics by touching an object to a 1st or 2nd Class Relic, including the tomb of a Saint. It is absolutely wrong to sell sacred relics.
An overview of religious relics, ending with a mention of collecting non-religious relics, such items relating to Elvis Presley.
- Term papers and essays: Papers on "elvis presley research"
(Academic Resources Center Inc.)
Aca Demon claims to hold "Term papers on Elvis Presley, Essays on Elvis Presley, Research papers on Elvis Presley, Student papers on Elvis Presley, Book reports on Elvis Presley, Dissertation on Elvis Presley, Theses on Elvis Presley," etc., available for sale.
- Elvis Presley Symposium 2003-2004
(Center for Studies in Popular Culture)
A set of online papers on various topics.
- A Presley Pathography (2003?)
(by Alan C. Elms)
Discusses why there has been such a lack of scholarly attention to such a well-known figure, particularly in the area of psycho-analysis.
"Even in our purportedly egalitarian era, scholars have a hard time dealing with the popular but irreverent or low-culture or openly vulgar individual. Academic respectability rules the choice of psychobiographical subject almost as if Sigmund Freud had never shown us what deep commonalities lie beneath the veneers of respectability and vulgarity alike."
Elms criticises Albert Goldman for appearing to know astonishingly little about personality or pathology in his biography of Elvis.
- Example Dissertation No 2: 'Strange Things Happening Everyday': Race, Class and the Music of Elvis Presley: Memphis 1948-1955
Sample dissertation on Elvis Presley, including comments by the person who marked the dissertation. Author details not provided. Unable to find the page linking to this one.
(University of East Anglia, incorporating School of American Studies, School of Film and Television Studies, and School of Literature and Creative Writing).
- Elvis Presley Research Forum
- Rock Music Research Guide
(Humboldt State University)
publisher and customer reviews for a range of books in print. A search for books on Elvis Presley provides over 400 hits.
reviews of over 100 books from S. Westoby's personal collection, in random order
- The Canuck's Elvis Pages
books, CD and video reviews
If you find this demeaning, turning Elvis into a red-nosed clown, then Elvisly Yours offers these images: