true Elvis fan, there are two times of the year
that are considered sacred. January, the month
in which The King of Rock & Roll was born,
and August, when The King passed away to that
great big hotel in the sky.
And when I
say "fan" I'm not talking about those
people who look at Elvis with the sort of sneering,
hipster, oh-so-cool post-modernism that's become
so prevalent in recent times. You know who I'm
talking about...people that hopped on the exotica
and bachelor pad music bandwagon the moment
Incredibly Strange Music came out. Or
those who watch 80s slasher flicks because SCREAM
made it cool to.
Nor am I talking
about the dangerous wackos that entertain thoughts
of The King working at a Dearborn, MI Burger
King or dress up in Elvis garb for their wedding
to their cousin Lulu May.
No, I'm talking
about "fans," people who can appreciate
Elvis not only for his contribution to the music
world, but also for his importance in the realm
of popular culture. Before The Beatles, before
The Simpsons, before Hanson, Elvis was one of
the first popular icons bought, sold, and traded
like so much cattle. And, in the wake of his
death, The King has risen to new levels of pop-culture
worship, from his birthplace in Tupelo to his
mansion at Graceland. From books about his films,
to books about his eating habits.
the best celebrations of Elvis come from those
true fans I was speaking about. Like the editor's
of DEVIL'S ELBOW, a thoroughly excellent publication
billed as "The Travel Zine with a Pure
Beef Heart," just the way The King would've
DE #7 -- which
I recently picked up on a zine-buying excursion
to the Big City -- is an excellent read courtesy
of John Minkoff and Lori Robbins. Stories in
the issue include a look at what to do when
you're stuck in Mississippi and updates on information
from previous issues. But, it's the stellar
13-page guide to "The Wide Wide World of
Elvis" that thoroughly rocked my world.
that sneering cynicism mentioned above, the
editors do a great job of conveying what made
Elvis great while touring us through his birthplace
and final resting place. I blew through the
issue one evening after a harrowing business
trip, and it relaxed me quite thoroughly. Check
it out by sending $2 to L. Robbins/J. Minkoff,
119 Chestnut St., Box 6, Oxford, MS 38655. You
can also e-mail
them or visit their
site for various articles
from previous issues.
on the subject of The King, this week's recipe
comes straight from Are You Hungry Tonight?
Elvis' Favorite Recipes (which you can purchase
directly from Amazon.com by following this
link). We all know that
The King liked, scratch that, LOVED to eat,
and he wasn't exactly the most health-conscious
rock and roller on the planet. If he had been
he might be around today to kick the ass of
surly little punks like Eddie Vedder and the
that follows is probably one of the most famous
concoctions whipped up in the Graceland kitchen,
sure to stop your heart while you're
sittin' on the can...
Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
1 small ripe
2 slices white bread
3 tbsp. peanut butter
2 tbsp. butter
In a small
bowl, mash the banana with the back of a spoon.
Toast the bread lightly. Spread the peanut butter
on one piece of toast and the mashed banana
on the other. Fry the sandwich in melted butter
until each side is golden brown. Cut diagonally
and serve hot.
Makes 1 sandwich.