"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 huiman 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)


















































































































































































































































































"Elvis: The Memphis Flash" DVD

Below is the cover art for the Chrome Dreams release "Elvis: The Memphis Flash" DVD, due for release on 1 August 2005.

Synopsis: The facts are familiar. Memphis, Tennessee, July 18th 1953. A 19 year old kid wanders into The Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue. He wants to record a couple of recent hits as a present for his mother. Company secretary Marion Keisker - alone in the office that day - runs off an extra copy and tells her boss the kid's 'a good ballad singer'. Six months later the kid stops by again, Marion tells Sam Phillips, the boss, to listen.

June 1954. Sam's looking for a session singer. Marion mentions the kid. Sam's keen but doesn't have his number. Marion does. The kid's in the studio before the phone's back in the cradle'. The kid works with Sam for a day and he's recommended to Sun session guitarist Scotty Moore. Scotty's unimpressed but books the kid for a session at Sun on 5th July. Rock n' Roll is invented that day and the world changes forever!

But there's a lot more to the legend of Elvis Aaron Presley and the subsequent transformation of music and society than is suggested in the story above. This film looks behind the facts and between the lines and attempts to discover why and how? Why was Rock `n' Roll invented in Memphis by a quiet, respectable and religious young man with a passion for all types of music? How did the events that led up to that fateful session on 5th July 1954 conspire to create a brand new music and a brand new way of life for all those who came along in its wake?

With contributions from those who were there at the time and from others who have studied the subject in depth, and with rare footage and photographs, and music from those pivotal sessions and from subsequent recording dates, and with a host of other features, this film goes some way to discovering the why and the how. It is the most detailed, informative and downright entertaining film yet to emerge about this period and about these historical events.

Songs featured include:

That's All Right Mama
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
Good Rockin' Tonight
Milkcow Blues Boogie
You're A Heartbreaker
Blue Moon
Shake Rattle and Roll
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
My Happiness [Elvis' first ever recording]...and many others.

Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes (approx)....due for release: 1 August 2005

(News, Source: Elvis Express)





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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)