At many tourist sites, authenticity reigns as the holy grail of the religious quest, a sacred commodity positioned to seduce touristic desires.
Kiki may be Elvis Presley’s most devoted fan, having moved to Memphis in 1985 from Greece to care for The King’s grave.
Elvis has nothing on Abraham Lincoln. Although Elvis is profitable, Abraham Lincoln’s iconic stature more than a century and a half after his assassination far exceeds anything Elvis could hope for.
The difference between pilgrims and tourists is a perennial question. The best answer I have found came from a conversation with Peter Brown.
Review of Last Train to Memphis, the first volume of Peter Guralnick’s 2-volume biography of Elvis Presley.