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Elvis and Ireland by Ivor Casey
Elvis and Ireland by Ivor Casey
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"Elvis and Ireland" is an indispensable piece of Irish social history: it examines how Catholic Ireland had its mores shaken by the "subversive" influence of Elvis, the King of rock 'n' roll and prototypical rockstar. Casey's research shows that Elvis's influence ran so widely and deeply in Ireland that he was the subject of debate in Dáil Éireann, the principal chamber of the Irish parliament; furthermore, the book examines in fascinating detail how the "King" provoked the animosity of Bishop John Charles McQuaid, the quintessential pillar and symbol of Irish Catholic conservatism. What "Elvis and Ireland" does so successfully is thread the reactions and feelings of the… Read more