Mighty Like a Rose
Mighty Like a Rose was, in many ways, the natural continuation of 1989’s Spike. The album expanded his musical palette (brass-infused New Orleans jazz, Bacharach-influenced chamber pop and Spectorian Wall of Sound), while including his biggest US pop hit single.
BLACKPINK member Rose recently met with director Baz Luhrmann at the premiere of his Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler as The King, to discuss their film together and provide input regarding Austin Butler’s portrayal. She provided feedback regarding Luhrmann’s depiction of Elvis as well as give their input regarding their film itself.
Early Life and Education
This documentary’s many strengths include its balance between archive footage and accounts from those who knew Elvis in Tupelo Mississippi – where he came from – and accounts from those who remember his influence on music today. To truly comprehend Elvis and his lasting impact, one must return to Tupelo Mississippi where it all started.
This documentary also reminds viewers about two influential figures who helped form Elvis’ image and performance style: Shake Rag and Captain Marvel Jr. Anyone serious about understanding Elvis should immerse themselves in these influences.
Interviewees include Mrs Dewey Camp; Shirley Gillentine – his childhood friend who sang Old Shep in a talent show at Tupelo Fair (she placed fifth and won some ride tickets); Rose Maddox of Country duo The Maddox Brothers and Rose; as well as historian Roy Turner.
Elvis was at the center of incredible publicity. From humble family boy to global superstar whose appearances on Ed Sullivan attracted millions of teens enamoured with him and their disapproving parents alike.
He appeared in numerous motion pictures that featured popular music as a theme and also performed cabaret shows from time to time.
Guralnick presents Presley as an intriguing yet complex figure; one who was instrumental in expanding rock and roll into places it never would have imagined before. Not merely an idiot or rock ‘n’ roll messiah; rather an untutored white mama’s boy from the South with an intense longing for fame that led him into realms far beyond his wildest imaginations. An engaging and insightful book.
Achievement and Honors
Rose’s achievements earned him several accolades. In 1991, he appeared in the TV miniseries Rose Against the Odds which later became a full-length movie. Furthermore, in 1993 he was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame and even featured on an Australian stamp issued in 2005!
Few gave him much of a chance before entering the ring to challenge Japan’s Masahiko “Fighting” Harada in 1968, yet when he won that match he became an instant hero to indigenous Australia.
Guralnick provides an intimate oral biography that draws from memories shared by family, friends, and musical associates of Elvis in this close-up oral biography. While tempting, Guralnick remains true to history by taking a journalistic approach in writing this book which remains objective.
Numerous movies have been made about Elvis Presley’s life. While some are inaccurate, this one stands out. It features his actual voice on its soundtrack for greater accuracy; furthermore, its focus on one period adds greater depth while Jonathan Rhys Meyers gives an excellent performance as the King himself.
Guralnick’s Elvis is neither dumb yokel nor rock ‘n’ roll messiah; rather he is an ambitious white mama’s boy whose vague desire for stardom leads him into worlds he never expected to visit. While his ambition was undeniable, so too was his inherent passivity; this dichotomy is at the core of this film.
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was an unforgettable entertainer that left an indelible mark on society for generations to come. He amassed millions of fans worldwide through his albums, songs and concerts, creating millions of supporters all around the globe that remain avid followers long after his passing away. His estate remains highly profitable.
Rose was the founding member and frontman for Guns N’ Roses, a hard rock band which achieved immense popularity. Their singles and albums sold millions of copies, as did their stadium tours – which often sold out.
After splitting from Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley quickly made her own fortune as both an accomplished businesswoman and actress. Her smart financial moves and innovative creative ideas kept Graceland profitable, and she launched a perfume line while diversifying her career by acting in films and TV shows as well as being an experienced real estate investor.