This book is a celebration of the devotion and adoration that people show for Elvis Presley. Sometimes the fanatacism, like many other devotions, is wacky or surreal. Often it compares to a religious devotion. This phenomena is seen in Memphis, TN as a microcosm of a life that influenced the world as we see it today.
Many fans still envision the young Elvis walking down Beale Street or singing at Sun records. Many show tribute to the later phases of his life. Elvis is an integral part of life in Memphis with most people having a story about a chance encounter with Elvis or an act of Elvis' kindness. This book celebrates the pilgrimage that many people make during August for "Death Week".
My own story is, like Elvis', quite complex. I was born and raised here and have always strugled with the issues that make this town and have a lasting effect on a person's soul and their outlook on things.
I have kept the captions simple and relevant as the words at times seem to distract from the real story. This is the first volume of these images with a second book of Elvis fan images in the works. The title of this book was borrowed from a song by Human Radio, much as Elvis borrowed Rock and Roll from the old delta bluesmen.
Mr. Billings is a professional photographer with 34 years experience. He has been published in Mad Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, the Dallas Sundowner, The Memphis Flyer, and several other prominent magazines around the world. His art has been shown in numerous galleries and is in several private collections. His photographs have also appeared in numerous books and cd's.