But among Negroes, the controversy over Elvis is even more explosive than among whites. Others believe a rumored crack by Elvis during a Boston appearance in which he is alleged to have said: And there it is.
Dionysus as the uninhibited god of wine and excess is often pitted against Apollo, represented as a disciplined god of self-control and restraint.
This antithesis between the rational, Apollonian, and the irrational, Dionysian, in human nature and society, is one of the most potent religious and philosophical motifs in literature, art, and music. Dionysus and Elvis Presley.
The plot alternates between scenes from the Bacchae set in ancient Thebes and parallel scenes in an American drama enacted in the courthouse park of a small mid-western town in the nineteen-fifties.
Each major singer plays dual roles: Dionysus, god of the frenzied Bacchae, is also Dion, rockstar a pop idol archetype for Elvis Presley with his fanatic female followers; Pentheus, the youthful king, is also Sonny, a young, disturbed American; and Agave, his mother, plays her alter ego Agave.
The action is that of worldwide ritual theater; lines are spoken or declaimed with or without music, amidst the more purely musical episodes; and it is not the music itself that matters as much as the impact of this powerful and original work.
Partch explains his Americanization of Euripides: University of Illinois Press, Reprinted from his Genesis of Music. But in the end the better solution seemed to be to alternate scenes between an American courthouse park and the area before the palace of the city of Thebes.
I was determined to make this an American here-and-now drama, which, tragically, it truly is. Many years ago I was struck by a strong and strange similarity between the basic situation in the Euripides play and at least two phenomena of present-day America.
Religious rituals with a strong sexual element are not unknown to our culture, nor are sex rituals with a strong religious element. I assume that the mobbing of young male singers by semi-hysterical women is recognizable as a sex ritual for a godhead. And these separate phenomena. After years of observing them, have become synthesized as a single kind of ritual with religion and sex in equal parts, and with deep roots in an earlier period of evolution.
The equation of the idolization of Elvis Presley with the worship of Dionysus has turned out to be more apt than Partch might even suspect. For the devout, Elvis has never really died or has been resurrected, and is still very much with us.
Pilgrimages to his temple in Graceland are legion.
The Dionysiac experience in relation to singers of popular music and rock has spanned more than one generation. It can be recognized in the bobby-soxers who swooned at the feet of Frank Sinatra, in the androgynous cults of Michael Jackson and Boy George, and it afflicts both sexes with equal passion.
The furor aroused by the female singer Madonna or the rock group, the Beatles, devastates both men and women equally, sometimes enhanced by the Dionysiac use of intoxicating drugs. The fanatical attachment of some opera buffs to certain divas or divas is but another manifestation of Bacchic madness.
We do not expect Ovid to be so profound. The ominous words of Tiresias predict the tragedy in a fascinating variation of the most Greek of themes: Narcissism and narcissistic have both become technical psychological terms and part of our everyday vocabulary.How did Elvis Presley die?
It is suspected that it was from an overdose of prescription drugs that caused his heart to stop. Presley's Death.
On August 16th , he returned to Graceland after a late appointment with the dentist. He went to his bedroom around pm to rest before an evening flight. Elvis signed on with an agent named.
How Did Elvis Presley Impact Society in the s? especially boys started dressing like him and mimicking him in either idolization or to impress. One person he even influenced and inspired was John Lennon of the Beatles.
Who Elvis Influenced Not only did Elvis Presley's wild dance moves and unique style and voice influence and wake . Idolization of Elvis Presley after death Elvis Presley was the first rock and roll star. He was born January 8, , in East Tupelo, MS.
Presley was the son of Gladys and Vernon Presley, a sewing machine operator and a truck driver. Feb 04, · In preparation for Doctor Nick's trial, Dr.
Torrent had access to all of Elvis Presley's medical records, including the autopsy and toxicology reports. Incidentally, the autopsy and toxicology reports are the property of the Presley estate and are sealed from public view until -- 50 years after Elvis's death.
Watch video · Though Presley’s cause of death was originally claimed to be a heart attack, later toxicology reports identified high levels of several pharmaceutical drugs in his system.
Many doubted it. After all, President Richard Nixon had met with Elvis and given him a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The newly opened Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex is vast, eye-opening, humbling, and a must for music lovers of all kinds..
When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted to be was Elvis Presley. ~ #PaulMcCartney #Beatles Click To Tweet. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and in Memphis this is Elvis Week.