New Elvis photography Exhibition at The University of Tennessee
The new exhibit of old Elvis Presley photographs entitled “Elvis: Grace and Grit” opened this week at the University of Tennessee located in Martin, Tennessee.
Curated from the CBS Photo Archives, the exhibit examines the young and feisty, talented and sexy, Elvis Presley who revolutionized pop music in the early sixties. His trailblazing renditions of blacks-only blues with rock shot him to the top of the charts and into the libidos of America's teenage girls.
Sam Richardson, the head of archives for Paul Meek Library, searches for different exhibits to bring here to UTM.
The exhibition consists of 27 black and white photographs of Elvis in the late 1950s. He was photographed on the Ed Sullivan Show, which became even more popular once the “King of Rock and Roll” made several appearances.
The Elvis exhibition should intrigue students because of the history that hits close to Martin, Tenn. Gordon Stoker was a native from Gleason, Tenn. and a member of the Jordanaires. Other group members included Neal Matthews, Hoyt Hawkins and Hugh Jarrett. Stoker just recently passed away on March 27, 2013. He was 88 years old.“Elvis came from the small town of Tupelo, Miss. He showed us that anyone can make it from a small community, which relates to students here at UTM. Plus, Elvis Presley is cool,” said Richardson.
“Students will enjoy looking at these old black and whites of Elvis in his prime. It’s exciting to have these types of exhibits right here on campus,” Medling said.
“Elvis: Grace and Grit” will be on display now until May 31. It is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.
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source: Elvis Information Network