More than 30 years after his death, Elvis Presley has been reduced to the shorthand of iconography. Ray Connolly remembers meeting the man - From The Economist
In the September/October issue of Intelligent Life, Ray Connolly remembers meeting the man ...
That's the point about him, the reason why we hear his name and see his face so often, why his record company still releases two or three albums of his songs every year, why his best work can still be given away with a newspaper looking for a sales boost, and why he is recognised by his first name as easily as anyone in the world.
In that austere, cautious, know-your-place moment, the sound of Elvis singing “Well, since my baby left me, well I've found a new place to dwell” struck like a lightning bolt.
Culturally it was something else—a birth cry, perhaps, although we didn't yet know what was being born.
Maybe, but not in the cinema I went to.