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Absolute nonsense based on that reflecting (if not defecating) monkey, on the shiny monolith:Assuming that the poor thing came from China or Japan, where monkeys are considered a symbol of versatility, fertility, livelyhood, flexibility etc.I've just read that Presley "has discovered the teachings of Judaism, Zen Buddhism and the occult teachings" through Larry Geller, his hairdresser.To top it off, here's a hyper-mystical incident which involves Presley, Geller and a cumulonimbus resembling Stalin.At #2, "Head in the Clouds": http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2008/12/22/elvis-presleys-strangest-christmases/
I happen to aprove of this set up. (Excepting the "T.C.B." lightning bolt)
Isn't that Dr. Strangelove on one of the boob tubes?
The pillows are actually giant crackers.
Good catch, Fred. I think that is Dr. Strangelove. I wouldn't have caught that. I think the middle TV has a talk show on. Carson?This is an awesome pad! Is this where the shoot-out occured?
I'm not surprised. Dr. Strangelove was Elvis Presley's favorite film, hands down. Just about every member of the Memphis Mafia has said that he (and by extension they) would watch that thing zealously, repeatedly; on some occasions 3-4 times straight through.He was also obsessed with Monty Python's Flying Circus the last years of his life.The King, in other words, had good taste; even when he was circling the drain.
I think one of the most amazing things about Graceland when you see it in person, is how small the house really is. The basement consists of just the TV Room and the Pool Room. The Jungle Room isn't that large either. Compared to the megamansions of most celebrities today, Graceland looks downright modest.
Thanks for filling everyone in on Elvis' viewing habits, Tom. The King did have good taste! I even like his decor choices. His TV room looks fun and inviting to me.Fellow gunslinger Richard Gibson suggested sharing a picture of Graceland and I couldn't resist this particular room.I do believe this was the same basement TV Room where Elvis occasionally may have enjoyed shooting at his TV sets. The room was designed in the '70s but this particular photo of it was taken more recently.
I think I'm gonna throw up my fried banana sandwich!
Of course, that's the "porcelain monkey" Warren Zevon sang about. The thing that stuck with me when visiting Graceland is that the house itself is really pretty modest. Sure, there's some wacky 70s decor, but it's not some huge mega-mansion.
On Fred's point - I took a pic of the monkey on my visit to Graceland, and it's a close-up. I only had a point-and-shoot and certainly didn't sneak over any barriers. Of course, E. may have done a little redesigning since this pic was taken.
that looks like George Custer on the far left TV screen...maybe it's "Little Big Man"?
The TV on the left looks like Captain Redlegs Terrell from "The Outlaw Josey Wales". I could be wrong. That movie came out in 1976.
Elvis also loved The Party, and anything with Sellers in general. There's a new documentary ("The Lawyer's Cut") on Python that includes an interview with Jerry Schilling about The Big E's love of Python, especially MP and the Holy Grail. Apparently he'd quote the duel with the Black Knight scene ("Just a flesh wound!") all the time.
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