Tuesday, February 5, 2019

E is for...

ELVIS!


well, he IS 'the King', after all!  my mom, like many American women her age, was/is Mad for Elvis, so I grew up listening to his music, and have seen several of his movies.  I even remember having a poster of him in my room when I was little, because my mom put it up on my wall (I guess my dad wouldn't have wanted it in their bedroom?) but I don't remember the particular image that was on it, or I'd find it to share.  once again, pulling images from my recent trip to Israel, here are the free Elvis mugs we got while enjoying lunch at the Elvis Inn in Jerusalem, the bag one of them came in, and the paper placemat that I have no idea why I saved, but I guess it was so that I could share it here for ABC Wednesday!


one side of the mugs...
...and the other!

there are some people who say that Elvis was Romani (G*psy [this word is a racial slur, but that's a different post]) - one of them is a facebook friend of mine who claims family ties - but since he's not around to confirm or deny, I don't get involved in that discussion.  there's a Whole Bunch of source material, though, in case You want to...I'll post them below.  please note that some of these articles are filled with misinformation, insensitive slurs, and outright lies.  if you're interested in learning fact from fiction, this is a good place to start.

English detail of placemat - 15 Things You Should Know About Elvis Presley

my mother and my teen hangin' with the King!


search results for 'was Elvis Romani'?

https://journeyofthegypsy.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/elvis-was-a-gypsy-or-not/

https://www.spiked-online.com/2008/07/01/elvis-in-the-ghetto-but-not-a-gypsy/

http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/discussion/7530/was-elvis-presley-roma

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/celebrating-indian-roots-of-charlie-chaplin-elvis-presley-116021001348_1.html


links to wikipedia entries with reliable source material:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Romani_people

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romani_people

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Romani_people


click here to go to the link!

12 comments:

  1. Although I was / am not a fan I can easily imagine why on is a fan and I do know also who it feels to be fan of a person you think is wonderful.
    Elvis indeed left his mark on the world in much more ways than only with his music. To bad he had to leave 'us' in the way he did but thankfully will his impression Always be kept alive.


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    1. he certainly had an effect on a great number of people - and I can appreciate his contribution as an artist!

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  2. I have Elvis tattooed on me. :-)

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    1. wow - I'd say you're probably quite the fan, then!

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  3. Mama PJ,

    Before today, I never knew 'gyspie' was a slur. I always just thought of it as a kind of people who never stayed in one place, kind of like the nomade people. Anywho, I have no idea of this claim about Elvis. Labels never meant anything to me. I see people with my eyes and not through the eyes of another. I also try to live by the golden rule of treating others as I want to be treated. Elvis was an enthusiastic entertainer and will forEver live through his mewsic legacy for generations to come. Excellent 'E' contribution!

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    1. well, what you 'thought' G*psy meant, and what it actually means are two different things, aren't they? and that's how cultural genocide takes place. if you followed up on any of the links I posted here, then you should have enough information to begin to educate yourself about the Romani people, and learn to recognize the prejudice inherent in statements like "labels never meant anything to me". good luck ~

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  4. My father HATED Elvis. He thought he was appropriating black people's music. I was more forgiving- everyone is stealing EVERYONE ELSE'S music.

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    1. well, frankly, he was! so while I don't disagree with your father, I used that knowledge to further inform myself about Who he was stealing it from, and listen to That music. I watched a great episode of a docu-series recently that speaks (in part) to this tradition in modern American music - here's the link, in case you're interested: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/rumble/

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  5. Great post for E ~ great music ~ all music really comes from Classical music ~ 'Nothing new under the sun.' ~ just different packaging ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. that's a rather Eurocentric view, Carol, and nowhere near true. does Asian music come from classical music? it does not. does Middle-Eastern or African music come from classic music? it does not. does Indian or Native American music come from classical music? no, it does not. maybe you need to investigate the roots of classical music and see where It originated before making sweeping and incorrect generalizations like this.

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