Season 2–Episode 9–Elena Passarello

Superstar Oregon essayist Elena Passarello discusses what it’s like to write and think deeply about Elvis Presley in 2020. We chat about her short-lived attempt to be the world’s first prominent female Elvis tribute artist, find out how to sleep in Elvis’ childhood bedroom, and learn all about her SECRET VEGAS WEDDING. We also consult Public Enemy, Gillian Welch, Nick Cave, and Lester Bangs for their thoughts on the so-called King of Rock & Roll.



Playlist setlist:

Elvis Presley: Blue Moon of Kentucky

Gillian Welch: Elvis Presley Blues

Elvis Presley: Mystery Train

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Tupelo

Elvis Presley: Milky White Way

El Vez: Samba Para Elvis

Elvis Presley: It’s Now Or Never

The Fabulous McLevertys: Don’t Blame It on Elvis

Elvis Presley: Bossa Nova Baby

Edwyn Collins: A Girl Like You

Elvis Presley: Power Of My Love

Etta James: Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield

Elvis Presley: Patch It Up (Single Version)

David Bowie: Golden Years

Elvis Presley: Polk Salad Annie (Live)

Bruce Springsteen: Fire (Live)

Elvis Presley: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live)

Elvis Presley: Suspicious Minds (Live)

Billy Paul: Me And Mrs. Jones

Elvis Presley: You Gave Me A Mountain (Live)

Patti Smith Group: Because The Night

Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You


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