3 new exhibits opening at Elvis’ Graceland
Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:02 pm
MEMPHIS (AP) — Three new exhibits on the life and influence of Elvis Presley will open next year at the Graceland tourist attraction in Memphis to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the rock and roll icon’s death.
Elvis Presley Enterprises told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the new exhibits will be open in time for the Aug. 16 anniversary of Elvis’ 1977 death. Fans flock each year to Graceland, Elvis’ longtime Memphis home and burial place, to remember him with a candlelight vigil. Officials anticipate a large crowd next August that could match or exceed the 75,000 people who showed up at Graceland in 2007 for the 30th anniversary.
“This is something that will be of interest not only to Elvis fans, but just to music fans and music enthusiasts as well,” said Kevin Kern, an Elvis Presley Enterprises spokesman.
The first exhibit looks at the 1972 Golden Globe-winning documentary “Elvis on Tour,” which chronicles a multi-city concert tour. The exhibit opens Jan. 5 and will include rare photos and videos, in addition to jewelry and clothing worn by Elvis during the shows.
“Elvis . Through His Daughter’s Eyes,” which opens Feb. 1, will highlight the late singer’s relationship with his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. It includes family photos and home movies that show her growing up at Graceland.
The exhibit also will feature Lisa Marie’s baby footprints; her crib, tricycle and record player; and a gold bracelet given to her by her father.
Lisa Marie Presley was involved in the development of the exhibit, Kern said.
“She’s really excited about it, and showcasing the relationship with her father is really a trip down memory lane for her,” Kern said.
The third exhibit, opening March 1, is called “Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley.” It features clothing, musical instruments and other items used by performers who were influenced by Elvis.
Among the items on display will be a suit worn by U2 frontman Bono during the band’s Zooropa concert performances; one of former President Bill Clinton’s saxophones from The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum; and clothing from James Brown, Elton John, Wanda Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and others.
Many of the artifacts in the “Icon” showcase are on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
“Elvis really broke a lot of barriers,” Kern said. “It’s really an example of other artists paying tribute to Elvis Presley.”
Elvis Presley Enterprises runs Graceland and handles merchandising and licensing for Elvis music and memorabilia.
Published in The Messenger 11.30.11