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all things to all people, as well as a cash machine for the heavily litigious Elvis Presley Enterprises, which owns his rights. Dying was the best career move Elvis could have made. But, when you turn away from ponderous thoughts on the Deeper Meaning of Elvis in American Culture, you may also enjoy the strange and endearing phenomenon of the Elvis tribute artist. It’s not my job to contemplate why people do this. It’s my self-appointed mission from God to see as many Elvis impersonators as I can conveniently fit into my budget before I die. Impersonator. It’s an ugly word in the Elvising field. They prefer tribute artist. Some of them are

culture reflected in the icon that is the King of Rock and Roll, and the morality play that is the life and strange times of America’s Protestant saint. I also enjoy his status as the God of Excess in his Vegas incarnation, as well as the great entertainer who brought us great rock ‘n’ roll. Every five minutes in the world, someone is putting on a white sparkly jumpsuit and a pair of aviator shades, the unmistakable icons of Elvising, recognizable to everyone. Classic in his ’70s rebel incarnation. Since the King’s death, ironically on his throne, he has become

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