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arthur crudup might just be forgotten if not for elvis

ELVIS DID NOT “STEAL” ANYTHING and especially not Arthur Crudup’s royalties. For decades, I have read articles that mention Crudup’s being cheated of his royalties, both as a recording artist and as a songwriter, while also mentioning that Presley made millions of dollars as if the two situations are somehow connected. [Read more] “arthur crudup might just be forgotten if not for elvis”

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why in heaven’s name is quincy jones calling elvis a racist?

IT’S “QUORA QUESTION TIME” AGAIN! Once more, there’s a question on Quora concerning Elvis that I answered. Here is the question: “Why is Quincy Jones suddenly falsely claiming that Elvis, whom he never met, would have been racist?” Why people are endlessly ruminating about Presley’s endlessly debunked “racism” is an endlessly mind-numbing question to me. [Read more] “why in heaven’s name is quincy jones calling elvis a racist?”

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on the edge of reality with the pseudo-psychedelic elvis

IF I CAN DREAM, I’ll have this article finished before I find myself sitting on the edge of reality. You know—where life’s dream lies disillusioned and dark shadows follow me. (But that’s another story for another time.) Each year on this day I try to write something about my experience of being an Elvis fan since I was in grade school way, way back in the ’50s. [Read more] “on the edge of reality with the pseudo-psychedelic elvis”

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lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time”

STEAM ENGINE TIME is the name of a concept that many readers should be familiar with. It’s also the title of a short story that most readers will not be familiar with. This story was written by Lew Shiner, who might be known to some readers for novels like Glimpses and Deserted Cities Of The Heart. [Read more] “lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time””

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the importance of “in the ghetto” – part 2

THIS SECOND PART of “The Importance of ‘In the Ghetto’ ” is a follow-up to the previously published “The importance of In The Ghetto.” This piece here is a sort of addendum of bits and pieces that can be associated with In The Ghetto the record. It includes an account of my purchase of the record in April 1969, an introduction to the song as Mac Davis conceived it and Elvis recorded it, and my responses to some of John’s key points. [Read more] “the importance of “in the ghetto” – part 2”

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