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Ian Penman: Elvis looks for meaning, 25 September 2014

Elvis Has Left the Building: The Day the King Died 
by Dylan Jones.
Duckworth, 307 pp., £16.99, July 2014, 978 0 7156 4856 8
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Elvis Presley: A Southern Life 
by Joel Williamson.
Oxford, 384 pp., £25, November 2014, 978 0 19 986317 4
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... arrangement – whatever the colour of user and recipient – in grey. I had high hopes that Joel Williamson’s Elvis Presley: A Southern Life might take Presley’s background seriously – even over-seriously. Academic treatments of pop culture can be hard-going over the course of a whole bulky text, but if they throw out a few unusual ...

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