Money, of course, was the reason relocating Presleys mansion to Japan was even considered, but the Emperors residence should be protected

It sits on a busy expressway eight miles from Memphis, Tennessee: a peculiar dwelling purchased by an excitable 22 -year-old singer in 1957. He had fallen in love with the blues on Beale Street, cut his first records in the city’s Sun Studios; he would later see three albums with the city in his call. Elvis Presley left Graceland for the last time in 1977- he is even buried under the garden.

I inspected Graceland on my musical honeymoon through the US eight years ago. The situate was his life. Would it be so if it moved to another country?

” We had an give 10 days ago to move Graceland to Japan ,” Joel Weinshanker, managing board of Elvis Presley Enterprises, said this week.” We had two offers to move to the Middle East and one[ to move] to China .” Why did they even considers as being?” They offered us more advantage than we could ever establish in Memphis .”

Elvis outside Graceland in 1957, the year he bought the owned. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty

Cultural icons ought to have uprooted before, of course: take London Bridge’s move to Arizona. But relocating a musician’s whole life and legacy feels unseemly. Walking around Presley’s accidentally humble eight-bedroom house is a lesson in how much honour has changed when you liken it with the mega-mansions of today’s superstars. When it was built, the house was relatively remote.And there is something in that riverside city that still feels uncommodified, connected to the heart of the music.

Over time, a busy boulevard has exploded around Graceland( diners and other museums now front the freeway)- depicting just how cultural anatomies can alter, and be being used by, geography. A move to Japan or elsewhere would have taken this outing to its farthest resolution, of course, but one boggles at what would have happened to Presley’s grave.

This legacy of Memphis in song is of a neighbourhood which beaches up hope. It’s in ballads such as Walking in Memphis, which follows Elvis’s phantom through Graceland’s doors. It’s in Paul Simon’s Graceland itself, written after the failure of his wedding to Carrie Fisher, drawing the lyrical supporter feel” obliged to defend/ Every love, every ceasing “. Graceland is staying placed for the time being, although that’s because of fund again- local tax motivations are being offered on a $100 m expansion. Amid the money madness, let’s recollect the small-town boy who lived as he died, with the music in his soul.


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