Bruce Springsteen Praises Elvis in SXSW Keynote Address
Springsteen quoted the late rock critic Lester Bangs by saying, 'We will never agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.' He added that his 'genesis moment of inspiration' was in 1956 when he watched Elvis perform on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'. 'It was that evening, I realized that you didn't have to be constrained by your upbringing, by the way you looked, or by the social context that oppressed you,' said Springsteen during his speech.
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'Elvis was the first modern, twentieth century man - the precursor of the sexual revolution, of the civil rights revolution - drawn from the same Memphis as Martin Luther King - creating fundamental outsider art that would be embraced by a mainstream popular culture'. Springsteen delivered an inspirational keynote speech in front of a packed convention center crowd - one of the largest crowds in the event's history.
Springsteen talked about his musical influences, how he still practices his rock n' roll poses in his bedroom mirror, and he even picked up an acoustic guitar for a sing-a-long with the crowd.
Bruce Springsteen's black leather jacket is now being featured at the new 'ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley' Exhibit at Graceland. This groundbreaking exhibit celebrates Elvis' status as a music pioneer and icon that paved the way for many of today's artists and celebrities – and features items from the collections of many of today's biggest names in music who have been influenced by the King of Rock ‘n' Roll.
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Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.