A little less conversation, a little more autographs, please!
Behind his jailhouse rock, slicked-back hair, and blue suede shoes, Elvis Presley was an all-around nice guy. Here, he’s seen taking a pit stop from biking to sign autographs for fans and a young boy even offers the top of his head to The King of Rock & Roll as a table! The man is just made of legend.
Elvis Presley is a supreme figure in American life, one whose presence, no matter how banal or predictable, brooks no real comparisons. … The cultural range of his music has expanded to the point where it includes not only the hits of the day, but also patriotic recitals, pure country gospel, and really dirty blues. … Elvis has emerged as a great artist, a great rocker, a great purveyor of schlock, a great heart throb, a great bore, a great symbol of potency, a great ham, a great nice person, and, yes, a great American. —Greil Marcus
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