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NBC-TV’s “’68 Comeback Special” was a sensational restart to a fizzling career that dynamically refurbished Elvis’ image without losing his roots and became a more-or-less timeless artifact. Read more

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How his 1968 Comeback Special, beautifully packaged in a new release, became rock music’s greatest show on screen. Read more

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The soundtrack to the HBO documentary on Elvis Presley shows Elvis as a musical omnivore whose sensibility ran the gamut from gritty blues to laughable schmaltz, from hard-punching rock and roll to tearful country balladry. Read more

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A Boy from Tupelo is the most complete collection of those early recordings, made in the Sun Records studio under the tutelage of producer Sam Phillips or taped from radio broadcasts in 1954 and ’55. Read more

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In DNA is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes, Steven J. Heine, cultural psychologist at the University of British Columbia, condemns the fatalism and exaggerated claims made on beha... Read more

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The legend of Elvis Presley in his final years concerns wasted talent, prescription drug abuse, physical decline and shaky performances. Way Down in the Jungle Room, a collection of his final recordings, aims to dispel that dark view—explic... Read more

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Whether or not the actual Oval Office conversation is accurately echoed by the movie, Elvis & Nixon highlights the real parallels between two seemingly antithetical men who made history in the last century. Read more

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 Elvis Presley’sfinal decade is often remembered for the drug abuse, obesity, spottyperformances and erratic behavior that climaxed in an early death. But in 1970,the King of Rock and Roll was at the top of the game he chose to pla.. Read more

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 Anypressing need for another Elvis book? Speaking as the co-author of one, theanswer is “No!” and even if I’d never written a word on the subject, it wouldstill be “No!” Sowhat’s with the latest title on the Pres.. Read more

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 ElvisPresley’s great ambition was to become a respected Hollywood actor. Although hestarred in many pictures, his dream was continually thwarted by themachinations of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. And to be fair, the Col.. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

The mismanagement of Elvis’ career by Colonel Parker is infamous and the Colonel’s treatment of the King as a cash cow wasn’t the worst of it. Elvis’ manager was a tin-eared philistine who imagined that the general public shared his bad tas... Read more

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Elvis may have been the star of his first movie, but he played only a supporting role in this post-Civil War drama. Love Me Tender (1956), out now on Blu-ray, was a competent B movie from the old studio system, with Read more

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 Earlier this year a Canadian classical artistreleased an album on which she interpreted compositions from video gamesoundtracks. With that precedent, it's no surprise that an Oscar-winningcomposer for film should be tapped to write.. Read more

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 Therereally was a generation gap—a gaping chasm—between the rock’n’rollers and theold school entertainers of the previous era. Nowhere was this more evident thanin the 1963 movie Bye Bye Birdie , adapted from a recent Broadway hit... Read more

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Nineteen fifty-six was the year Elvis Presley rose from promising, regionally popular Southern star in a genre the music press called “rural rhythm” into Elvis, the King of Rock'n'Roll. His ascent resulted in part from the work of his ca... Read more

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The artistry of Elvis Presley's career after his return from the army rose and fell with as many fluctuations as the stock market. His worst music was generally produced for the movie soundtracks he came to despise. The best was recorded in... Read more

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A trio of local literati will visit bookstores across the city this week. Valerie Laken, author of Dream House, moved to Milwaukee in 2006 and served two years as the writer in residence at Carthage College before joining the creative writi... Read more

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival is one of America’s longest running film festivals and also one of its most innovative, culling each year a daring selection of independent and experimental films. The festival’s two-day program for Milwaukee Read more

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Yet, the 100 trackscomprising Elvis 75 (the age he wouldhave turned in 2010) demonstrate Elvis 75 ,CD Reviews Read more

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