Elvis’ television success had acted as a launch pad for his reincarnation as a Las Vegas performer. At first, the move produced many of his finest recordings and concerts. Then, as this Vegas circuit turned into an even more gruelling routine than his seemly perpetual cycle of movies, Elvis would lapse back into an almost pathological course of self-destruction. In leaving Hollywood for Vegas, Elvis had merely exchanged one city of false illusions for another. Only this time there would be no further resurrection for Elvis Aaron Presley, the sad embodiment of the Hollywood American Dream.


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