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August 01 2012

Holy Facts - Church of Elvis

Category:  Holy Facts

Gotham Chopra explores the Church of Elvis, a tribute to the late, great king of rock 'n roll.
The Presleytarian Church comes complete with tenets, rituals and sacred sites, much like any other religion found in the West. Gotham compares Elvis worship with today's fixation on Madonna or Justin Bieber. Are we just a prayer away from the Church of Bieber?

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  • Church of Elvis- Interesting, but I am sure Elvis would be laughing at this if he heard it.. He is beloved by millions and millions around the world. More People visit Graceland in Memphis each year than that of any other, after the whitehouse.. he gave post world war 11 baby boomers an identity in a world where adults had all the say and children were to be seen and not heard.. He gave rise to the great 60`s writers by making it easier to express thoughts, feelings and ideas in songs without feeling shame. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and many others point to Seeing Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, and declaring that without Elvis who knows where they`d be..Elvis had the right look, the right image, came along at the right time and unlike most rebels, was a kindhearted Soul.. He fused both Black R&B with white country music,combined with the essence of both black and white Gospel Music. I`ve been to Graceland several times, and the crowds get younger and younger.. His Spiritual music calms my soul when I feel agitated. No need for ambien with me, I just play a little Gospel music by the king. It`s where you too can experience the real Elvis. Elvis is forever, but he is not God..

    craig // 2012-08-01 20:03:26 // //
  • He overdosed on pills because when you are famous, that is what u r surrounded by. He was a great man. He was my first crush.

    Kimberly Ray // 2012-08-01 22:06:59 // //

 

 

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  • The only thing Michael Jackson was king of is molesting young boys.. Doesn`t matter if he wasn`t convicted. We have enough circumstantial evidence to prove it.. Anyone else would have been in jail like sandusky.. He also had severe personality disorder, addicted to enormous amounts of drugs, enormously insecure, and never had any formal education, so spent most of his life learning to be a master manipulator to get his way.. Michael Jackson was incapable of love..His musical style was based on over produced and over choreographed dance moves.. He wore a wig, wished he was white, and actually had a high pitched nasal tone, so he never even had a very good voice. He hated, and was a shamed of being a black person.. A tortured soul with an enormous amount of self contempt that was projected onto society.. Very little good in that man, and eventually more people will realize it..

    craig // 2012-08-08 03:13:29 // //
  • next exlore the church of Michael Jackson lol the true KING of MUSIC

    She RA Seven // 2012-08-06 13:19:29 // //
  • oh good

    Asif Khan // 2012-08-06 12:41:15 // //
  • Living Color rockz!!!

    Inanna Ki // 2012-08-03 12:30:01 // //
  • you are kidding right? why a distraction? what's the reasoning? Okay, I'll play. I loved all of Elvis's movies but I won't listen to his music. Idk why. boring perhaps. Evil? nah. Holy..nah. Idol, to most. the world is full of fanatics. I get it.

    Lily Medina // 2012-08-03 11:05:46 // //
  • i feel that any past lives are interesting...and we can gain insights.

    Jean Wgnr // 2012-08-03 08:28:50 // //
  • Wow ! Both of my favorites related!!!!!

    Sofia Elizabeth Medina // 2012-08-03 08:23:27 // //
  • I am so gone from here.....Pastlives with these types.....ugh....Fare thee well

    Inanna Ki // 2012-08-02 22:04:05 // //
  • Seed of evil doings....

    Inanna Ki // 2012-08-02 22:02:37 // //
  • New England style power chowder.....

    Inanna Ki // 2012-08-02 22:02:13 // //
  • Most of you posters need Deepak Chopra because you are certainly haters..Elvis made lots of mistakes but he was a great man.. Not a racist bone in his body.. Half his band were Black musicians.. He sold more than 1 billion records, and that will never happen again. His home is visited by almost a million people each and every year. That will never happen again for anyone.. He combined both country and r&b along with Gospel music and changed the world.. Chuck Berry, and Little Richard were good, but Elvis even made them better by bringing them more exposure..Even they said that.. Besides when Elvis started in 1953, it was before anyone ever heard of Chuck Berry or Little Richard.. Stay with Deepak because you haters have a long spiritual journey to go, so start meditating, and seek forgiveness..What I state above are facts, and you can`t argue with facts...If you knew anything about the real Elvis, you couldn`t say any of the things you say and actually mean them..

    craig // 2012-08-02 17:46:04 // //
  • Corny! lol Gotham put your time to better use, please~ :D

    Kendall Gee // 2012-08-02 14:19:54 // //
  • my teenage love

    Franzi Schütt // 2012-08-02 13:21:28 // //
  • Funny stuff Gotham. Thanks for posting.

    mitcheiven
    // 2012-08-02 13:10:35 // //
  • Oh, almost forgot, very HOT!!! :D

    Kendall Gee // 2012-08-02 02:42:24 // //
  • He was a puppet with talent, used & abused, spoiled rotten all at the same time. :(

    Kendall Gee // 2012-08-02 02:41:02 // //
  • He was never the king of rock and roll he imitated Chuck Berry and Little Richard who styles he coveted

    Gaile Patterson // 2012-08-02 02:34:07 // //
  • <3 The King <3

    Ashley Byrd // 2012-08-02 02:24:06 // //
  • RACIST!!!!

    Robin Powell // 2012-08-02 02:13:10 // //
  • Agreed and no offense taken.

    Helene2367
    // 2012-08-02 00:18:27 // //
  • I love and respect both of you very much, in your own ways you've made a wonderful impact in my life, XOXO

    Frances Mendonca // 2012-08-01 23:49:22 // //
  • He was like any other man to walk this earth, except he had true talent. We all have skeletons in our closet. Cast the first stone if you don't, otherwise for ever hold your peace.

    Maria E. Navarro // 2012-08-01 22:47:27 // //
  • es el rey del porno

    Juan Roman Rosas Olortegui // 2012-08-01 22:34:45 // //
  • He was the king of rock, Only that.

    Marianaxzc Spears Jackson // 2012-08-01 22:28:43 // //
  • The cult of personality! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxgRUyzgs0

    Jeffrey Moellering // 2012-08-01 22:19:03 // //
  • yuk

    Pam Kennedy // 2012-08-01 22:11:53 // //
  • Granted though, He should not be thought of as a Religion.

    Kimberly Ray // 2012-08-01 22:07:21 // //
  • He overdosed on pills because when you are famous, that is what u r surrounded by. He was a great man. He was my first crush.

    Kimberly Ray // 2012-08-01 22:06:59 // //
  • Deepak Chopra and His Son Gotham having a little respectful fun with the king...

    Craig Grandville // 2012-08-01 22:06:51 // //
  • http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=444773705545404&story_fbid=447092471980194

    Eya Val Simon // 2012-08-01 22:05:25 // //
  • I'm on board the church of peanut butter and banana sandwiches, chased with fistfuls of downers!

    Jeffrey Moellering // 2012-08-01 22:05:01 // //
  • Elvis killed himself. i do not feel he is an icon.

    John K Haslach // 2012-08-01 22:03:00 // //
  • I actually think it has very little to do with Elvis and a lot more to do with our human need to believe, combined with our celebration and worship pf celebrity. No offense intended, and if i did, well, you`ll get over it!

    gchogsa
    // 2012-08-01 21:29:57 // //
  • A cult is just a religion with a smaller following. Both have organizing principles around them that insitutionalize their faith, create icons, and dogma and subscribe to rules and rituals. i`m not saying everyone who loves or admires Elvis (including me)is part of the cult, but there def are some that take it to the extreme and fit the bill.

    gchogsa
    // 2012-08-01 21:29:47 // //
  • P.S. Much respect for your father and his works. He also is a great gift to us and should be respected and remembered as such.

    Helene2367
    // 2012-08-01 21:03:42 // //
  • I just think this video is absurd! Not sure what you are trying to portray here? Are you trying to say Elvis fans are like a cult? That we see him as Holy? If you are then you are wrong in your asumptions. I see him as someone who can never be duplicated in our lifetime and it was and still is a pleasure to be able to expierience his music. Nothing Holy there!

    Helene2367
    // 2012-08-01 20:58:43 // //
  • Church of Elvis- Interesting, but I am sure Elvis would be laughing at this if he heard it.. He is beloved by millions and millions around the world. More People visit Graceland in Memphis each year than that of any other, after the whitehouse.. he gave post world war 11 baby boomers an identity in a world where adults had all the say and children were to be seen and not heard.. He gave rise to the great 60`s writers by making it easier to express thoughts, feelings and ideas in songs without feeling shame. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and many others point to Seeing Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, and declaring that without Elvis who knows where they`d be..Elvis had the right look, the right image, came along at the right time and unlike most rebels, was a kindhearted Soul.. He fused both Black R&B with white country music,combined with the essence of both black and white Gospel Music. I`ve been to Graceland several times, and the crowds get younger and younger.. His Spiritual music calms my soul when I feel agitated. No need for ambien with me, I just play a little Gospel music by the king. It`s where you too can experience the real Elvis. Elvis is forever, but he is not God..

    craig // 2012-08-01 20:03:26 // //
  • People have an inherent (and desperate) need to believe. I don`t think they see this as something disrespectful, probably quite the opposite. And like most faith, while i may consider it absurd, I accept that what may be silly to me is sacred to someone else.

    gchogsa
    // 2012-08-01 19:09:35 // //
  • I don`t get this video... People used Elvis`s name for lots of stupid stuff after his death but it has nothing at all to do with the performer himself or his religious beliefs. Some of the crap going on today relating to Elvis would certainly put him in his grave! As far as the "impersonaters" go, they borderline on making fun of him more than as an example of a true entertainer replicating a true American Icon. ... No respect for a great part of American music history.

    Helene2367
    // 2012-08-01 18:50:34 // //
  • LOLOLOL SAINT JUSTIN BIEBER XD

    NymphoSweetie
    // 2012-08-01 17:55:41 // //
  • I have made the pilgrimage to Graceland - and I LOVED it! :-) I have the same birthday as Elvis` mother - synchronistic? ;-)

    coffeytalk
    // 2012-08-01 17:21:16 // //
  • I`ve been playing with the concept that many different prophets, saints, idols are alike in that they lead others into a kind of worship. The depth, clarity and purity may be in question, but the act of worship remains the same. What is this a reflection of?

    megan91827364
    // 2012-08-01 16:19:05 // //