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The Spin I’m In: Elvis Presley 1935-1977


I was really happy to come across this article by Peter Guralnick in the New York Times the other day because I love Elvis Presley. It’s bummed me out for years hearing the unsubstantiated “Elvis was a racist” rumor . This article clarified a lot of things for me and I definitely recommend the read.

I found some quotes on my own from Elvis’s contemporaries:

“Elvis was an integrator. Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn’t let Black music through. He opened the door for Black music.” – Little Richard.

“I wasn’t just a fan, I was his brother. Last time I saw Elvis alive was at Graceland. We sang ‘Old Blind Barnabus’ together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother.” – James Brown.

I’ve pulled together some clips of Elvis and his Attraction in honor of the 30th anniversary of his passing yesterday.

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.