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Infinite Elvis : an annotated bibliography
Hinds, Mary Hancock.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : A Cappella, [2001]

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xvi, 512 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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ML134.5.P73 H56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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Here, for the first time anywhere, is a precise measurement of a celebrity's impact on American culture. This annotated, highly readable listing details the verified book titles, magazines, dissertations, and significant articles about Elvis Presley. The entries show that Elvis was more than just a popular-culture phenomenon. Besides documentation of his concerts, the food he ate, and posthumous Elvis sightings, here is the proof of Elvis's impact on every aspect of American life: his invention of rock 'n' roll; his spurring of the sexual revolution; his influence on the civil rights movement; how his death changed the media's treatment of celebrities; and how a new religion devoted to Elvis has become part of the mainstream.

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Library Journal Review

Hinds, a journalist who has acted as an Elvis Presley consultant for NBC, the New York Times, and other media outlets, combines scrupulous research with 45 years as an Elvis fan to compile the most exhaustive bibliography of the King to date. Over 1700 book and magazine article entries run the gamut from standard biographies to Elvis comic books, cookbooks, travel guides, and dissertations. (Notable omissions include record reviews, deemed by Hinds to be "not about Elvis per se," and Internet resources/web sites.) The annotations are often evaluative and note the presence of footnotes, indexes, photographs, and bibliographies. Hinds takes pains to separate Elvis fact from legend by detailing which titles get the facts right and which perpetuate inaccuracies. Each entry is verified by at least one of five criteria, which include being "catalogued in a public, national, or academic library" and "listed in a credible database such as the OCLC." While OCLC numbers are sometimes given as the verification source, often a Library of Congress and/or Dewey Decimal classification number are provided when an LC or other database control number would be stronger identification. Entries are scattered among no fewer than 48 categories, with many of these further divided into subcategories, making a good index (not seen) crucial for finding specific authors or titles. The care in assembling this work is apparent, and though the annotations and chapter introductions make great reading, this resource will primarily appeal to serious Elvis fans and scholars. Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Co. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Infinite Elvis, the best bibliography on Elvis Presley's life and career published to date, is more complete and scholarly than Steven Opdyke's The Printed Elvis: The Complete Guide to Books about the King (CH, Apr'00). The information is current through January 2000. The compiler has done a great deal of bibliographical detective work to verify legitimate works in a field where much literature is ephemeral and unreliable. With some 1,700 publications and many scholarly conferences and university courses, the Presley literature has acquired critical mass; this bibliography does an excellent job of organizing and explaining it. Many genres of literary efforts about Elvis are included in this large bibliography, which features books, articles, and dissertations. Coverage is international. The annotations and chapter prefaces are so extensive that Hinds's work serves as a virtual textbook for Presley studies and justifies Presley as a significant American cultural phenomenon. A very useful acquisition for any university library supporting American studies. C. V. Stanley Washington & Lee University

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
The Importance of the Elvis Literaturep. ix
History of the Elvis Literaturep. xii
Did Elvis Presley Read These Books?p. xv
The Manp. 1
1. Biographiesp. 3
2. Death, Conspiracy, Sightingsp. 59
3. Elvis in the Armyp. 73
4. Elvis in Quotes (By and About Elvis Presley)p. 79
5. The Elvis Presley FBI Filesp. 85
6. Gracelandp. 87
7. The Impact of Elvisp. 95
8. Major Articlesp. 111
9. Memoirs and Memoriesp. 115
10. Photographsp. 151
11. Referencep. 177
The Music, The Moviesp. 191
12. Concerts and Television Appearancesp. 193
13. Discographyp. 199
14. Elvis's Influence on Musicp. 213
15. Filmographyp. 217
The Phenomenap. 223
16. Artp. 225
17. Bibliographiesp. 231
18. Business and Financep. 235
19. Collecting Elvis (Memorabilia)p. 239
20. Comic Booksp. 247
21. Cookbooksp. 251
22. Dramas and Musicals About Elvisp. 255
23. Fansp. 263
24. Fictionp. 271
25. Genderp. 289
26. Humorp. 293
27. The Lawp. 295
28. Literary Recreation and Moveable Booksp. 301
29. Philatelyp. 307
30. Poetryp. 311
31. Politicsp. 317
32. Psychic Elvis Experiencesp. 325
33. Racep. 331
34. Religionp. 337
35. Travel Guidesp. 345
The Academicsp. 349
36. Elvis as an Academic Pursuitp. 351
37. Dissertations and Thesesp. 355
38. Educational Literaturep. 359
Foreign Language Titlesp. 363
39. Basque, Chinese, Czech, Danish, and Dutchp. 365
40. Finnish and Frenchp. 379
41. German and Greekp. 393
42. Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Norwegianp. 405
43. Polish, Portuguese, and Russianp. 415
44. Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Welsh, and Yugoslavianp. 419
The Restp. 429
45. Deceptive Titlesp. 431
46. Elvis Impersonatorsp. 439
47. Souvenir Magazinesp. 445
48. Unverified Titlesp. 465
Appendix I Elvis Literature Firstsp. 469
Appendix II Important Articlesp. 471
Appendix III Compiler's Sourcesp. 475
Indexp. 479