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Newsflash-August 16, 1977

Newsflash-August 16, 1977

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Published by Robin Rule
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Published by: Robin Rule on Feb 17, 2011
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NEWSFLASH- August 16, 1977
The King is Dead. Elvis Presley at forty-two, is found Unconscious in Graceland bathroom, later dies of “Natural Causes
”…...the radio shrieks as DJ readsshaking teletype, and she washes dishes in steamed-upcabin kitchen and the windows cry
 Love Me Tender 
echoes through the valley all the long hours of that dayand night local and scratchy faraway stations performMass with the one hundred and six Top 40 hits fromUkiah to Winnipeg she hears in and around crazy husband’sdrunk talk and dishes thrown against the wall become littlepieces of tunes that spell out
Crying In The Chapel, Jail House Rock, Are You Lonesome Tonight 
and
 Return To Sender. 
The whole country is mourning and she cooksand fusses like every late summer about the springboxrunnin’ dry and now the King Creole is gone. She got feverin this heat of shot-gun pepper squirrel stew. She got hillbillyfever right here on the hippie road
…suffered cardiac arrhythmiasbrought on by undetermined causes
is the official report.
TheKing is dead…
The radio keeps interrupting the list of hits. ThereWill be no revival until the body is in the Memphis ground andThe all-american pre-occupation with sex psychosis percolatesthrough the earth to the river and flows deep into the water systemsof the entire country. Elvis Sightings. Interviews from the Grave.Plaster of Paris statues leaking real salt. Black Velvet Ikons fromOlviera Street, from Atlanta, from sweatshops under the sweatshopsof Memphis. The country is loaded with Wannabees and Dressed Upteen-age fantasies in the bodies of middle-aged med who in high schoolrolled jeans, sneered the lip, wore the pompadour and now cannotlet go as they stuff costumes, guitars and glossy photos to autograph into convertibles, driving in search of the King, becoming the King in therearview mirror magic of interstates;
Long Live the King, The King is Dead.
And she remembers the long baby-sitting nights of old vinyl
 Ready Teddy,
And
Fools Fall in Love
and the little neighbor girls rolling their blonde hairto lip-sync daddy’s lps.
The King Is Dead.
What Elvis gave American neverbe taken away. It’s just like Marilyn, Martin Luther King, just likeKerouac & the Kennedy Boys, all of ‘em voices of a river of a nation.

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Phantomimic added this note
The king is dead, long live the king!
Sal Page added this note
Wow, yeah, this is just the beat I'm talkin' about. Love this.
Robin Rule added this note
i wrote why i readcast my own poem & thats the beauty learned by uptight whites who learned from Black heartgenius musicians the power to move their hearts, their aching souls, their effin'hips in the holy voice of rocknroll. long live the church of john coltrane.wish elvis hadn't blown it all up with selfindulgence when he was teaching the miracle of heartbody music to a nation.
Robin Rule added this note
Robin herself readcast this Elvis poem cuz it's one of her favorites, it happened just like that, whether we liked RnR at that period of our life or not, he was so important to changing Rock from just Black heartgenius to allowing lost Whites hungry souls to find a language that fit their tongue, their heart, their effin' hips, my gosh! & Bo Diddley helped Elvis in that Elvis listened and said YES
Robin Rule added this note
yeah jailhouse rock is good. and that one with the fuzzy tree thing in it, that's good. i decided last month that fuzzy tree thing has GOT to be a mimosa tree. theres been several of us arguing about it for a few years...
Sal Page added this note
That's a b i t c h i n' powerful cadence you got goin' there.
Robin Rule added this note
how is it a comment where i use the b**** word it's censored and father mike can use every 4 letter word in the lenny bruce dictionary?
Robin Rule added this note
oh, i have to ***** about him cuz its so politically correct in some circles. i was a rockn'roller with the slightest amount of whiskey in me. i love to dance & he makes good dance music, but he's no bob dylan or leonard cohen & that's what ii look for in music. intellectual heart. well & hot sex....
mike carvell added this note
Elvis broke the racial barriers of music for future performers millions come to graceland each year to pay respects

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