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The Great Late Elvis: Taking Vegas-era Elvis seriously

Marc Weingarten,, 16 August 2001

WHEN IT COMES TO the late-period Elvis — you know, the one that played the best rooms in Las Vegas and ate far too many carbs from 1969 till his porcelain-kissing demise in 1977 — I no longer get the joke. Because for millions of kitsch-lovin' American ironists, Nixon-era Elvis is just that — a big fat joke.

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