The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Home Is Where The Heart Is #3

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Elvis Presley's TV Room at Graceland (Memphis, early '70s)

14 comments :

asleep said...

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/

Timmy said...

I happen to aprove of this set up. (Excepting the "T.C.B." lightning bolt)

Fred said...

Isn't that Dr. Strangelove on one of the boob tubes?

Brooks said...

The pillows are actually giant crackers.

Kyle L said...

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?

Tom Sutpen said...

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.

Fred said...

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.

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

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.

Christopher said...

I think I'm gonna throw up my fried banana sandwich!

blankemon said...

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.

Peter Yezukevich said...

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.

Young Stalin said...

that looks like George Custer on the far left TV screen...maybe it's "Little Big Man"?

deviant cortex said...

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.

swac said...

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.