The motivations behind writing this are twofold. First, as a PSA for those of you who have yet to subscribe to Nick Cave’s weekly email newsletter: The Red Hand Files. Second, to highlight the exceptional 1981 documentary film This Is Elvis — a film Cave references in issue #34. The context for its inclusion is in relation to Cave’s thoughts on the transformative power of music, and specifically how it relates to Presley near the end of his life.
Tomorrow sees the limited theatrical release of my first feature film, Shangri-La Suite . It tells the story of two lovers-on-the-run during the summer of 1974. Their names: Jack Blueblood and Karen Bird. Their aim: to […]
The latter part of Elvis Presley’s career is, in part, defined by the legendary singer’s fall from grace: the gaudy stage outfits, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, drug use, and paranoid nationalism. But a compromised […]
One on my favorite Elvis records is a bootleg — Cut Me & I Bleed released on Double G Records in 1999. The album is a collection of alternate studio, home, and live rehearsal recordings that present “another side” of […]
Ah, yes. I’ve always had a perverse love for some of the King’s most trite work — case in point the beach-party-ready “ Do The Clam ,” a song that clearly belongs on any dis-respectable Labor Day soundtrack. […]
One on my favorite Elvis albums, even though it’s a bootleg, is Cut Me & I Bleed released on Double G Records. The album is a collection of alternate studio, home, and live rehearsal recordings […]
“I was thinking that night about Elvis, the day he died. Just a country boy that combed his hair, and put on a shirt his mother made and went on the air. And he shook […]
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