A Hunka Burnin' Elvis (And Nixon!?) Memorabilia Coming to the Newseum
With the 75th anniversary of the King’s birth coming this week, DC‘s Newseum has announced that it will be opening “Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Storyâ€ on March 12th, 2010 for a yearlong run.
While the nearby National Portrait Gallery‘s “Echoes of Elvis” exhibition (opening on Jan. 8th) showcases images of the King from early Pop Art pieces to black velvet post-mortems, the Newseum’s installation pledges to not only examine early news media coverage of rock and roll’s first phenom, but also explore “how his music and physicality pushed the boundaries of mainstream taste and free expression.” (Translation: the impact of hips on society.)
They’re taking on that task with a slew of authentic Graceland-loaned items — many of which have never before been exhibited to the public. Fans can expect intimate items like telegrams, letters and scrapbooks of Elvis ephemera personally made by Colonel Tom Parker, along with larger-than-life rock star relics, like Elvis’s 1957 Harley and the requisite “Aloha from Hawaii” sequined jumpsuit.
However, the prize for best cult fringe treasure at the entire “Elvis!” exhibit has to go the belt and coat worn by Presley as he stood alongside Richard Nixon during their infamous Oval Office photo-op (pictured). Priceless, indeed.