“I DON’T SOUND LIKE NOBODY, MA’AM”
AboutElvis Presley was the perfect talent for the perfect moment. In 1956, the skinny boy from Mississippi burst onto the national stage just as televisions had become ubiquitous in American homes and the largest generation of babies ever born – the ‘Baby Boomers’ - were growing up into powerful teenage consumers seeking to define themselves through rebellion and self-expression. Elvis drew on the kaleidoscopic musical and cultural influences of 1950s Memphis to forge a sound – and an image – which would enthrall the nation’s youth and embody the spirit of a generation. Almost half a century on from his early death, Elvis remains an iconic figure in our cultural landscape, referenced and remixed constantly in art, design and media. In this lecture, Lauren Ellis will recount some of Elvis’s thrilling career, constant reinvention and rollercoaster personal life, as well as share insights from the curation of Bendigo Art Gallery’s 2022 blockbuster exhibition, Elvis: Direct From Graceland.
Michael Hoskins Centre The Armidale School
Brown Street, Armidale NSW 2350