"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)


"There were rock 'n' roll records before Heartbreak Hotel, but this was the one that didn't just open the door…it literally blasted the door off its rusted, rotten, anachronistic hinges…. producing....no propelling...an unstoppable, fundamental and primordial shift in not only musical... but social, political and cultural history"

(JNP, BBC website)


"Elvis, the musician, is largely a relic belonging to the baby boomer generation...Elvis, the icon, is arguably one of the most potent symbols of popular culture"

( Dr. John Walker)

















































































































































































































































































DVD Review: "Almost Elvis"

"Almost Elvis is enthralling viewing"

There are few Elvis related videos I watch that I don't want to end. Almost Elvis (Elvis Impersonators and Their Quest for the Crown) is one of those rare releases that I wanted more of. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I played it again.

Any fears that Almost Elvis will be a tacky, smoke-filled tribute depicting overweight and psychologically challenged individuals are quickly dispelled. The documentary develops through a finely crafted combination of strong production values, fascinating characters and tight story line into a potent examination of a phenomenon that many fans, and even more non-fans, cannot understand.

Almost Elvis delivers on two levels - one as a narrative record of a number of Elvis impersonators making their way through the regional eliminations to the one everyone wants to win, the finals in Memphis during Elvis Week. For one Elvii the title of the "World's Best Elvis Impersonator" awaits. Does African-American Robert Washington finally assume the #1 spot after being the perennial bridesmaid, or will racial undercurrents hand it to another crowd favourite, Irv Cass?

On another level the documentary successfully demystifies part of the impersonator phenomenon in understandable terms. Special comments from Professor Vernon Chadwick (author of 'In Search of Elvis: Music, Race, Art, Religion', Westview Press, 1997) offer an incisive, academic observation of the meaning of the impersonator phenomenon in contemporary society.

Be it a female Elvis, Oriental Elvis, jelly doughnut Elvis, slim waisted Elvis or pre-pubescent Elvis, they are all here. Doug Church, Eric Erickson, Quentin Flagg, Steve Sojura and James Lowery are just some of the Elvii featured in Almost Elvis. Importantly, they are presented in a dramatically engrossing way, one that offers an uplifting celebration of an often maligned part of Elvis's incredible legacy. The documentary is particularly well edited, with crisp visual and solid audio tracks.

I cannot praise John Paget's insightful and moving documentary enough. It is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the impersonator's world, delving into the private lives and motivations of its protagonists.

Whether you are an Elvis fan or not, Almost Elvis is an important socio-cultural record that will stand the test of time and should be essential viewing for anyone trying to make sense of Elvis's impact on the world. Unlike many other documentaries about the King of Rock and Roll, Almost Elvis lives up to its well deserved reputation.

Verdict: Essential and enthralling viewing.

Blue Suede Films: John Paget, Producer
http:// www.AlmostElvis.com
P.O. Box 502, Olympic, WA, 98507, USA

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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)