Elvis Presley (Penguin Lives)
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"Mason On Elvis: An American Tragedy" according to Foster Corbin. Bobbie Ann Mason is the person who should have written this book on Elvis. Born in 19Mason On Elvis: An American Tragedy Foster Corbin Bobbie Ann Mason is the person who should have written this book on Elvis. Born in 1942, she grew up on a dairy farm in Mayfield, Kentucky; she and Elvis then are from the same time and part of the country. It is obvious from every page of this work that Ms. Mason likes Elvis's music and understands what his contribution to America and the world was. There is no substitute, as some of us remember, to being alive when Elvis literally burst on the music scene and shook us from the Eisenhower 50's. Of course Ms. Mason, one of. 2, she grew up on a dairy farm in Mayfield, Kentucky; she and Elvis then are from the same time and part of the country. It is obvious from every page of this work that Ms. Mason likes Elvis's music and understands what his contribution to America and the world was. There is no substitute, as some of us remember, to being alive when Elvis literally burst on the music scene and shook us from the Eisenhower 50's. Of course Ms. Mason, one of. Empty Empty headed biography with so much speculation, it should be classified as fiction. For example, when Elvis went to the White House, the author writes, that "he had much in common with Richard Nixon." Really? Elvis was born along with a dead twin, and the writer makes conclusions on how this traumatized Elvis as if his twin had lived for twenty years. Really? If you don't mind all the "he must have", "it's likely", "it's possible that" and other triggers for Mason's imagination of her hero, maybe this book is for you. I'd. Short and Sweet Sean Busick I sometimes assign Mason's light biography of Elvis in my southern history classes, and it is always a favorite of my students.Those looking for serious scholarship will be disappointed in the book. But it is a fun book that my students actually enjoy reading and provides a great foundation for a serious discussion of youth culture, race, and class relations. And, of course, it also shows students, who are only familiar with the kitsch, why Elvis mattered to so many people.
. From Publishers Weekly Written by fellow Southerner Mason (In Country; Clear Springs), this abbreviated biography suffers fromthe series' length limitation but makes up for it by hitting the significant points. Mason credits Elvis with inventing rock and youth culture and "puncturing the balloon of 1950s serenity and conformity." She posits that the result of his stint in the army "was to erase his rock-and-roll rebel image and turn him into a mainstream all-American boy next door," and that in 1969, after almost a decade spent making bad films, "he was genuinely invigorated by making good music again." It's when Mason offers her insight into Southern culture that the biography turns superficial, like her attempt to contextualize the bloated figure of the drug-addled singer's late years by noting that "in the deep-fried South, his shape was
With heartfelt intimacy and a novelist's insight, Mason charts the intoxicating life of the first rock-and-roll superstar, whose music shattered barriers and changed the sound of America. But Elvis the small-town boy and devoted son was in no way prepared for being catapulted into an unimagined stratosphere. When Bobbie Ann Mason first heard Elvis Presley on the family radio, she recognized him as "one of us a country person who spoke our language"--Southern, working class, a little wild. This is the riveting story of an unforgettable man and his indelible legacy.. Elvis the impassioned singer and charismatic youth embraced the celebrity brought him by a host of top-forty hits and movies. In Elvis Presley, the bestselling author of the two modern American classics Shiloh and Other Stories and In Country captures all the vibrancy and tragedy of this mythic figure