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Advanced Elvis Course

December 20, 2008 | Book

Coming in June 2009 is this new Elvis book release. Described as part psychedelic road-trip travelogue, part “Overheard in Graceland,” part mystic-religious devotional, CAConrad's unabated love for the King puts him on a pilgrimage to Memphis; on an Advanced Elvis Course. These bizarre, multifaceted short pieces are an homage bursting with love, oddball white trash, and twisted sincerity

Using a mélange of breathless energy and flamboyant desire, Conrad ensnares his reader from the first vignette, leaving us no choice but to doggedly follow him around the backwaters of Memphis. Conrad blurs the distinction between real and fictional experience to create a transcendental portrait of the legendary Elvis—the man who changed music and America forever. Through sources as disparate as graffiti, talk-show interviews, phone messages, and poetry, Conrad (whose unfettered energy is about as reality-based as an evening at Graceland) constructs a semimystical collage both celebrating and laughing with the cult of Elvis

Get ready for a surreal tour of a celebrity-obsessed, picaresque America from one of its most unusual guides. Conrad delights in turning his fantasies into our reality, making this frenetic fictionalized experience “as real as if it were real.&rdquo

Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Soft Skull Press (June 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1593762437 
ISBN-13: 978-1593762438


Source:Elvis Information Network

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I am Buffalo-Horn! wrote on December 20, 2008
"Oddball white trash"? 112 pages is not good value for money, but from the sound of this review it's far too long..
Harvey Alexander wrote on December 22, 2008
I got halfway through the press release and fell asleep. They left out the piece "part garbage". (Or should that be "all garbage"?)