Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello 
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Re: “Memphis, 2017

Someone should tell this man that Elvis Presley certainly does NOT need his approval, as a subject of art, or musically, in the XXth or the current century. A HUGE case in point are the known Andy Warhol's Elvis sikscreens:

i) "Double Elvis", 1963, sold privately in 1989 by the Estate of Albert Grossman, (previous owner, Mr. Grossman's main client, Bob Dylan) to the New York Museum of Modern Art for US750,000. Another 17 copies are said to exist, including three located at the Seattle Art Museum, in Seattle, WA, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and a third one, also called "Ghost Elvis" because it is the final and most opaque image in the series, as exhibited in July 2012 at the Halcyon Gallery in London England. Kindly see also v) below,
ii) "Campbell' s Elvis", 1964, sold at Christie's on 9 November 2010 for US$1.45 million
iii) "Red Elvis," 1961, sold privately in February 2000, for US$2.9 million
iv) "Elvis X2" , 1963, sold at Christie's in November 2007 for US$15.7 million.
v) Double Elvis, 1963, sold at Sotheby's in May 2012 for US$37.1 million (not the same silkscreen as in i) above. Another similar one, entitled "Elvis 2 times" 1963, can be found at at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York
vi) "Triple Elvis", 1963, sold at Christies's in November 2014 for US$81.9 million and currently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A similar silkscreen, also from 1963, can be found at the Virginia Museum of Modern Art, in Richmond.
vii) "Eight Elvises", 1963, sold privately, in December 2008, for US$100 million and thought to have been purchased by the Qatari Royal family.
viii) "Gold (en) Boot (Slippers) Elvis Presley", 1957, (price paid, current location and year of sale unknown)
ix) "Single Elvis", 1963, (bought in 2009 by Eli Broad, founder of the Broad Museum, in Los Angeles, where it is now located, for a price still unknown). Similar silkscreens, all from 1963, are located at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, Hungary, the National Gallery of Australia in Parkes, Camberra and the Akron Museum, in Akron OH
x) "Elvis I and II", 1963-64 located at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
xi) "Elvis 11 times", 1963, located at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, PA

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Posted by Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello on 11/30/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “B.B. King Dies at Age 89

Elvis Presley and BB King admired each other tremendously. Moreover, BB King, together with Mohammed Ali will always be remembered for being the African Americans most associated with crediting Presley as being worthy of being called "the King", a denomination with which Presley was nevertheless not at all comfortable with as, according to him, that could only be the Lord Jesus Christ. May he rest in peace...

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Posted by Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello on 05/15/2015 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Avoiding the Crutch

Presley didnt exploit R&B, the blues, black gospel, whatever. He learnt it in Tupelo, since age 7, and then when he moved to Memphis at age 13 he absolutely adored it. That God gave him the talent so that, in addition to "exploiting his unerring ear" and to no end, he could also sing those styles, and extremely well just as he was able to do with every other music medium imaginable, save for Jazz which as per his own admission, he didnt "understand", it is neither here nor there.. The unvarnished truth is that there were another 157,000 White Mississippeans of his same age and race, born in 1935, and none of them became the young Elvis who when faced by BB KIng or Sam Phillips, impressed them so much with his total knowledge of everything that could be sang, espcially the blues, and black gospel, that they were totally in awe of him, not just as a singer, but as a musicologist. And Elvis was only 19...

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Posted by Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello on 12/11/2014 at 10:21 AM
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