Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and Memphis’ award-winning newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, are proud to bring Elvis fans, historians, music lovers, and everyone who loves Memphis an exciting new book, "Elvis Presley’s Memphis." Both entities have opened their significant archives and discovered photographs, documents and news stories that share Memphis through the eyes of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Elvis on August 5, 1955 at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis, TN. This was Elvis' second Shell appearance, his first being July 30, 1954. The photographer, Robert W. Dye, photographed Elvis from February 6, 1955 until September 29, 1956 throughout Memphis. This is one of hundreds of photos of Elvis in Memphis that will appear in "Elvis Presley's Memphis."
There is no question about it, Elvis Presley loved his hometown. He may have been born in Tupelo, taken Hollywood by storm, and later triumphed everywhere from Vegas to Honolulu, but to everyone in every city he said, “I would love to show you Memphis.”
Preorders for the book will begin on Friday, April 2 and a special enhanced version, which will include a DVD, will be on sale only at Graceland during Elvis Week in Memphis.
Elvis At The Newseum
Experience the power of Elvis Presley and the explosive impact he had on music and popular culture in a new Newseum exhibit featuring stage costumes and other professional and personal mementos from the Graceland collection.
The exhibit tells the story of Presley as he was portrayed in the news media and explores how
his music and physicality pushed the boundaries of mainstream taste and free expression during a time when America was experiencing deep generational shifts.
“Elvis!” will open in what would have been Presley’s 75th birthday year. The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news in Washington, D.C. — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.
Produced in collaboration with Elvis Presley Enterprises, the Newseum exhibit includes a number of rare objects from the Graceland vaults that have never before been publicly displayed. See private telegrams, letters and scrapbooks that chronicle Presley’s rise as a music and media sensation, as well as his death and his enduring legacy. The exhibit also includes an original Newseum-produced video featuring vintage footage of the entertainer, from performances to press conferences, shown on a dazzling 90-foot-long video wall in the Newseum’s Big Screen Theater.
Relive some of the top headline making moments from Presley’s career, including:
• The breakthrough recordings that made music history.
• The smoldering performances that made him a symbol of youthful rebellion and a target of censorship.
• The early television appearances that created controversy and coverage.
• His White House meeting with President Richard M. Nixon.
• His shocking 1977 death, which dominated the news as no entertainer’s death ever had before.
The Newseum exhibit features rare photographs and original newspapers and magazines covering Presley’s career. Artifacts on loan from Graceland include Presley’s iconic 1957 Harley- Davidson motorcycle; the “American Eagle” jumpsuit and cape wore during the rehearsal for his 1973 Aloha From Hawaii concert, seen by more than 1 billion viewers worldwide; the gold and diamond belt presented to him in 1969 for breaking Las Vegas attendance records; and memorable costumes from his stage and screen appearances. Also included are rare news scrapbooks compiled by his manager, Col. Tom Parker, the coat and belt Presley wore during his historic 1970 White House meeting with Nixon and the memorial tribute book from his funeral.
The Newseum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For additional information, call 888-NEWSEUM (888-639-7386) or visit newseum.org.