My wife and I mutually admire Elvis Presley for his unprecedented influence on American music and personal impact upon our lives, but also for his flawed humanity. Elvis is often seen as a faultless human being who has been raised upon a pedestal of an image of infallibility he admittedly said was difficult to live up to. We think he wanted recognition for his music and to be understood he was simply a man. Jeanne-Marie put our thoughts into the following words (with the help of Elvis history blogger, Alan Hanson) and posted this on our Facebook page the other day.
I’ve often wondered how do I explain how I truly feel about Elvis without offending other Elvis fans? Well, Alan Hanson, of The Elvis History Blog took the words right out of my mouth in his most recent blog post:
“I am and always will be an Elvis fan. However, Elvis was a human being with flaws like all people. How those imperfections became apparent and how he managed them are part of what makes the great American story of Elvis Presley’s life so interesting. His great achievements are the more remarkable when viewed in the context of his personal frailties.”
I completely understand that there are fans who can’t handle this honest approach to Elvis’ life and career. It’s okay. It’s up to the individual Elvis fan to admire him any way he/she chooses. It doesn’t make you, or me, any more or any less of a fan.
Mr. Hanson’s Elvis History Blog is my favorite Elvis blog because of his honest, no sugar-coating approach to Elvis’ life and career. He is a big Elvis fan just like us, and he has always been very respectful when he writes about Elvis. You can check out the blog here: www.elvis-history-blog.com