The King’s Legacy | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 15, 2016

Goto, Zoey. Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits. Redshank. Jul. 2016. 218p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780993000225. pap. $27.99. DEC ARTS
For decades, Elvis Aron Presley (1935–77) dominated elvisstlye-jpg101816American music and popular culture. Biographies detailing his Southern upbringing through his drug-addled final years abound, as do critical studies of his music and film appearances. Yet Presley’s legacy was not limited to the stage and screen. Fashion journalist Goto’s first book fills this gap by examining the pop icon’s influence on style and design. Though the title suggests this is a fashion text, only the first chapter, which encompasses about half the book’s length and is divided into three sections, covers Presley’s clothing from his years as a rising star to his final performances. Other chapters explore Presley’s classic hairstyle, food preferences, cars, and houses. Goto’s fashion background is evident through her inclusion of quotes and anecdotes from design specialists, including Hal Lansky, the son of Bernard Lansky, Presley’s favorite tailor. With color images on every spread, this book can be read cover to cover or readers can pinpoint a section of interest. ­VERDICT While sure to be an Elvis fan favorite, this quick read will also appeal to pop culture enthusiasts and designers. However, readers wanting a biography or scholarly study should look elsewhere.—Shannon Marie Robinson, Drexel Univ. Libs., Philadelphia

Harrison, Ted. The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley. Reaktion. Oct. 2016. 256p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781780236377. $25. MUSIC

In this tribute to Elvis, writer-broadcaster-artist Harrison explains that the King’s legacy is not dead. Harrison mentions the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the man—e.g., that he faked his own death—but most of this book is about Elvis’s works and the way they still affect people. Examples of continuing influences include the huge tourist attraction that is Graceland and Elvis songs featured in recent movies and advertisements. His music is as relevant today as it was when he was alive. There are even fans who worship the celebrity as a god, some priests (“Elvis Priestley”) who perform religious ceremonies as Elvis, and people who are paid to be Elvis impersonators or “tribute artists.” Harrison provides quotes from fans and other authors as well as pictures throughout to illustrate the importance of not only the man Elvis, but more importantly, the legacy that endures. VERDICT This title will appeal to die-hard Elvis fans as well as readers curious for insight into the continuing significance of the performer.—Natalie Browning, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond, VA

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