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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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... The line this time was drawn between the north and south of his own spasmodic body, a prophylactic Mason-Dixon line somewhere around the belt loops. The old saw about Elvis ‘ripping off’ black music is a bit of a non-starter. If he forged anything new from old stock, it was the hard-bopping country music that was used as a baseline. Presley’s early ...

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