Robert Christgau – “Elvis Presley: Aging Rock” (1972)

June 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm (Elvis Presley, Music, Reviews & Articles)

A June 1972 Newsday piece about The King…

I was never an Elvis Presley fan when I was a kid. In fact, I couldn’t stand him. As it happened, I heard “Don’t Be Cruel” three or four times before I learned Elvis was singing it, and once I had admitted to myself that I was hooked on that song, it was no real sacrifice to extend my reluctant enthusiasm to “All Shook Up.” But I never understood the excitement over “Heartbreak Hotel”–I considered the Stan Freberg parody exceedingly witty–and refused to even listen to “Hound Dog” or “Love Me Tender.” Read the rest of this entry »

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