"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)


"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


"Before Elvis there was nothing!"

(John Lennon)

















































































































































































































































































Book Review: "A Tribute To The King"

Shot by Dennis Uithol

The world of the Elvis tribute artist is a fascinating one, filled with performers of varying calibre and charisma.

Dennis Uithol's 20 page visual tribute to Dutch tribute artist, Frank Anthony, is an unusual entry in the world of Elvis related photobooks. There are only a handful of releases which focus on the Elvis tribute artist and even fewer which offer a striking visual record of an artist in action, live on stage. Uithol's booklet occupies both realms.

The photographs were taken during Frank Anthony's 'Tribute To The King' tour across Holland in 2003-04.

Some of the cities on the Tribute To The King tour were Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Beverwijk, Breda, Leeuwarden and Veldhoven.

Uithol's camera work is commendable and his photographs show a great use of dark, light and color to give added emphasis to his subject. The visuals are expressive, conveying the energy and charisma that Frank Anthony obviously exudes as a performer.

As the booklet's cover photo indicates, Anthony strikes a very good Elvis image, circa 1969-70. His hair, sideburns, height, weight, body posture, jumpsuits and black leather outfit synergise well, suggesting a dynamic stage presence.

Frank Anthony works with two bands - "The (Midnight) Groovers (for the "unplugged, sit down" Comeback Special performance), and The Las Vegas Train (for the bigger Las Vegas show sound).

Produced on quality, semi-gloss paper the booklet's production is simple and very effective. It comes in a plastic sleeve to protect it.

Verdict: A nicely presented and impressive visual record which will please admirers of quality Elvis tribute artists.

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"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"

(Dr. Gary Enders)


" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"



"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)


"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")


"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)


"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)


"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"

(Bob Dylan)


"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"

(Sir Paul McCartney)