Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself

Title Details

Pages: 256

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 08/01/2011

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8271-9

List Price: $15.95

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HUMOR / General

Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself

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The 1950s were simple times to grow up. For Lewis Grizzard and his buddies, gallivanting meant hanging out at the local store, eating Zagnut candy bars and drinking "Big Orange bellywashers." About the worst thing a kid ever did was smoke rabbit tobacco rolled in paper torn from a brown grocery sack, or maybe slick back his hair into a ducktail and try gyrating his hips like Elvis. But then assassinations, war, civil rights, free love, and drugs rocked the old order. And as they did, Grizzard frequently felt lost and confused. In place of Elvis, the Pied Piper of his generation, Grizzard now found wormy-looking, long-haired English kids who performed either half-naked or dressed like Zasu Pitts. Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself is the witty, satiric, nostalgic account of Grizzard's efforts to survive in a changing world. Sex, music, clothes, entertainment, and life itself receive the Grizzard treatment. In this, his sixth book, Grizzard was never funnier or more in tune with his readers. He might not have felt so good himself, but his social commentary and humor can still make the rest of us feel just fine.
A warm, welcome return to [Grizzard’s] witty, satiric chronicle of coming to grips with the changing times as the idyllic 1950s of his youth gave way to the turbulent ’60s, the disco ’70s, and the ‘awesome’ ’80s.

—Neil Pond, American Profile

About the Author/Editor

LEWIS GRIZZARD (1946-1994) was a writer and humorist known for his commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sportswriter and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he was much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian and lecturer.