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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. [Continue reading]

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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. [Continue reading]

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lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time”

STEAM ENGINE TIME. That’s the name of a con­cept in sci­ence and his­tory that many readers should be fa­miliar with. It’s also the title of a fine short-story that most readers will not be fa­miliar with. This story was written by Lew Shiner, who just might be known to some readers for genre-bending novels like Glimpses and De­serted Cities Of The Heart. [Continue reading]

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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. [Continue reading]

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on the importance of “in the ghetto”

IN EARLY 1969, fol­lowing the as­sas­si­na­tion of Martin Luther King Jr and the Holy Week Up­rising and then the as­sas­si­na­tion of Robert Kennedy and the po­lice riot at the De­mo­c­ratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion, Elvis Presley chose to record a mes­sage song about racism. It turned out to be one of the most im­por­tant records in his ca­reer, al­though it is rarely rec­og­nized as such.  [Continue reading]