Fortunate Son by Charles L. Ponce de Leon
The Life of Elvis Presley (American Portrait (Hill and Wang))

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Elvis Presley was celebrity's perfect storm. His sole but substantial contribution was talent, a fact Charles L. Ponce de Leon is careful to demonstrate throughout his wonderfully contextual Fortunate Son. Even as the moments of lucidity necessary to exercise that talent grew rarer and rarer, Elvis proved his musical gifts right up to the end of his life. Beyond that, however, he was fortune's child. Fortunate Son succinctly traces out the larger shifts that repeatedly redefined the cultural landscape during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, using Elvis's life to present a brief history of American popular culture during these tumultuous decades.

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Charles L. Ponce de Leon teaches history at the State University of New York, Purchase, and is the author of Self-Exposure: The Emergence of Celebrity in America, 1890-1940.
Published August 7, 2007 by Hill and Wang. 269 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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It’s a balanced assessment, acknowledging that the precipitous decline in the quality of the movies was Elvis’s responsibility as much as Parker’s, but also noting that the Colonel’s decision to limit record releases to soundtrack albums cut the singer off from his musical inspiration, the source...

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