Thursday, August 16, 2007

Elvis Has Left the Building

A moment of silence, please, to commemorate the 30th anniversary today of the passing of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, immortalized in the hearts of music lovers everywhere (and by Andy Warhol above). Before shuffling off this mortal coil (or did he?), Elvis ventured into music, Las Vegas concerts, and film, but my favorite Elvis moment remains his Surrealist performance piece when he met with Richard Nixon at the White House (pictured below) to ask to become some kind of special government agent that apparently required a cape and shiny belt. (For the full story of When Elvis Met Nixon, go here.) In the unreal world of the Nixon Administration, Elvis was able to inject even more bizarreness. For that act, and so much more, we thank you, Elvis. Thank you, very much.

The King is dead. Long live the King.

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