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Remembering Elvis

They were born on the same date, the same month, twelve years apart. It could be just a coincidence that two of the most important cultural figures of the last hundred years share the same birthday, but we like to think it has to be a deliberate plan of the gods to make January 8th the birthday of Elvis Presley and David Bowie. This year at Life Elsewhere, we focus in on the man who dared to wear makeup and flashy clothes while still only eighteen-years-old and a truck driver – Elvis. Two favorite guests join the show to share their thoughts on The King. First up, frequently referred to as a cult artist, singer-songwriter and all-around nice guy, Ronny Elliott recalls being fourteen when he met and took photos of Elvis in rural Florida. Ronny was an affirmed fan after he first heard Elvis on the radio. He persuaded his mother to drive before daylight to where he believed Elvis was filming on location. A pink Cadillac with Tennessee plates, parked outside of an unassuming house told Ronny his hunch was right, they were in the place. Elvis suddenly strolled out and up to his fan and began nonchalantly chatting. Ronny insists the star “had an amazing aura as he almost seems to float, not walk toward me”. The young fan told his idol about how neighborhood kids had made fun of his adulation of the Memphis rocker. Elvis quietly leaned in close and told Ronny he could help him with his problem, “Listen, kid,” Elvis said, as he made a few chopping movements with his hands, “I’ll teach you Karate!” All these years later, Ronny Elliott is starry-eyed as he fondly remembers the softly spoken and seemingly shy Elvis behave like a comforting big brother. You’ll be touched by Ronny’s memories and amazed at his photos, shown above.

By 1968 Elvis Presley was the King of Rock `n’ Roll, and for many, a has been. Rock music had moved beyond and transcended him. He spent his post-army years making movies and movie soundtracks of lessening quality with each passing one. Gillian Gaar’s “Return of the King: Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback” spotlights Presley’s December 1968 “Comeback Special” that revitalized Elvis and his career for a brief few years until Elvis fell back into old habits and relied on management that increasingly took for granted Elvis’ creative needs, and an entourage of yes men. Gaar shares inside stories about the comeback special from her meticulously researched and elegantly written book based on interviews with colleagues, friends, fans, and observers of The King.

The photos of Elvis Presley and Ronny Elliott are the copyright of Ronny Elliott.

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Download Elvis & Bowie

Elvis & Davis Mugshots

The latest edition of Life Elsewhere is available now for download. To celebrate their January 8th birthdays, you’ll hear David Bowie giving his tribute to Elvis Well-known music journalist Gillian Gaar talks about her forthcoming book, “100 Things Elvis Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”. Maura Johnson the editor of  Maura Magazine, a weekly journal on pop culture explains the the significance of the two rock icons. Helen Ma, the president of the International Elvis Presley Fan Club in Hong Kong shares her passion for the king. Author and blogger, Chris O’Leary talks about his soon-to-be published encyclopedic anthology of David Bowie songs and the connection between Bowie and Elvis. Plus, the show includes excerpts from Norman B‘s exclusive interview with David Bowie.

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The Elvis & Bowie Birthday Special

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If it’s your birthday on January 8th, we wish you many happy returns and you probably already know you share a birth-date with two of the most important and influential figures in modern culture. Yes, January the 8th is the birth-date of Elvis Presley and David Bowie. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere you’ll hear edited excerpts of Norman B‘s intimate and exclusive interview with Bowie. You’ll hear Bowie himself pay tribute to the king; music journalist, Gillian Gaar will talk about her forthcoming book, “100 Things Elvis Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”; Helen Ma, the president of the International Elvis Presley Fan Club will explain the long-lasting popularity of the man in in Hong Kong and mainland China; pop culture expert Maura Johnson of Maura Magazine will talk about the two legendary artists and author, Chris O’Leary will join us to talk about his soon-to-be published encyclopedic anthology of David Bowie songs.

Here is a small sample of Norman B’s exclusive interview with David Bowie

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Next On Life Elsewhere

LE 33 PromoOn the next edition of Life Elsewhere we discuss Life After Punk with Patrick O’Neil, self-proclaimed ex-punk, ex-roadie, ex-junkie, ex-bank robber and the author of the memoir “Hold Up”. O’Neil talks about his punk life and reads from his second book, chronicling his former career as roadie/road manager for several major punk bands during the 80′s including, Dead Kennedys, Flipper, TSOL and Subhumans. From Sheffield, UK, Adam Morris recounts his illustrious career as road manager for Killing Joke, moving on to manage The Orb, launching his own record label and lecturing on musicology. The female perspective is addressed by Seattle’s Gillian Gaar, author of “She’s A Rebel” and other noted books on popular music. Plus this week’s Hit That Never Was features The Mo-dettes, selected by a listener in New York, New York.


The Beatles and their fans…the Podcast available now!

Distinguished rock-music authority Gillian Gaar talks about her new book 100 “Things Beatles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”. Dr. Drew Ramsey discusses what it means to be a fan. Ernie Sutton of the British Beatles Fan Club explains  he is a fan and Vivek Tiwary  the creator of “The Fifth Beatle” a film and graphic novel speaks about his interest in Beatles manager, Brian Epstien. Plus this week’s Hit That Never Was featuring an accoustic version of “Something” by George Harrison. Download here