The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley’ New Book: For a change, a new serious book about the legacy of Elvis from the Smithsonian Institution. – No book cover image yet released.
Known the world over as the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley still holds an enduring influence on our society that reaches across borders and puts everyone in the world on a first name basis with him. Echoes of Elvis, originally a Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery exhibit of the same name, examines how Elvis' story and widespread fame fit into the greater framework of American culture. Each chapter explores a different aspect of his life to determine and explain his cultural legacy.
To understand who we became as Americans as the second half of the 20th century unfolded requires an understanding of Elvis, his origins, and what he meant to our culture. These proceedings are invaluable in the Elvis learning journey.
Author E. Warren Perry, Jr. is a writer and researcher at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Hardcover 136 pages Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. To be published late December 2011.