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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Viva las Elvis

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Elvis will be in the building on June 4, when the Clinton Presidential Center opens two exhibits about the King, one photographs taken in 1956 by a photojournalist, the other memorabilia from Elvis' movies.

"Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" comes from the Smithsonian Institution and includes 56 black and white images taken in 1956. Wertheimer was hired by RCA Victor to shoot promotional photographs after signing him to a contract; read more about the exhibit here.

The red MG that Elvis drove in "Blue Hawaii" is among the artifacts in the other exhibit, "Elvis," offered in partnership with Graceland in Memphis.

Surely everyone in Arkansas knows that President Clinton's security code name was Elvis, chosen, no doubt, because he was the political equivalent of the rock 'n' roll icon: Charismatic and sexy (surely the the sexiest president since Thomas Jefferson).

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