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Go Back to School with Elvis 101

Gain a deeper appreciation of Elvis and his career at Elvis 101 during Elvis Week.

Elvis 101, which is 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, at the Elvis Week Main Stage, will feature scholars, authors and those who have spent hundreds of hours studying Elvis Presley, all talking in-depth about different aspects of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's life and career. This will definitely be a fascinating event for all types of Elvis fans, from those who have been a fan for decades to those who are just discovering him. Get your tickets to Elvis 101 today!

Check out the Elvis 101 panelists below, and don't forget to brush up on your Elvis knowledge before the event. Elvis Week guest Ernst Jorgensen and Peter Guralnick's "Elvis: Day by Day" is one of the most well-researched books on Elvis' life. Guralnick's two Elvis biographies, "Last Train to Memphis" and "Careless Love," are considered the definitive Elvis biographies. Look for these books in the shops at Graceland during Elvis Week.

Don't forget to also check out information on Elvis' life and achievements here on Graceland.com.

Michael Bertrand

Dr. Michael Bertrand is an Associate Professor of History at Tennessee State University and author of "Race, Rock, and Elvis." He focuses on understanding the interrelationships between race, class, gender and generation as they have existed and evolved in the American South. He's also interested in the complex connections and dynamics between the popular music, popular culture, memory and social change from the late nineteenth through the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

Dr. John Bakke

Dr. John Bakke is Professor Emeritus at the University of Memphis, and a respected and successful political communication consultant and media political analyst in the Mid-South. He is a recognized authority on the subject of Elvis. He has appeared on ABC's "Nightline," CBS's "This Morning" and "48 Hours" as an acknowledged source on the King of Rock 'n 'Roll. He taught the first university seminar courses on Elvis Presley, rock 'n' roll and Memphis music beginning in 1975. He's organized and hosted seminars, written papers and given lectures all about Elvis.

John Jackson

John Jackson graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with the world's first BA in Rock and Roll History via the school's prestigious Individualized Major Program. His senior thesis work concentrated on the life and music of Elvis Presley and how he shaped the multi-media age. John began working at Sony Music's Legacy Recordings in 1998 and has since worked on catalog releases with the company's biggest acts, including AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson and Roy Orbison. He's currently the Vice President of A&R and Content Development at Legacy Recordings, where he oversees all audio, visual and packaging for releases.

Roger Semon

Roger Semon has been in rock ‘n’ roll since high school. In the 1960s, he formed a group with classmates and eventually supported acts like The Who, Small Faces and The Move at venues around London. In 1966, he secured his first job as a commercial artist for a national bank and this revealed a natural flair for creative design that remains crucial today for his role as Sony Legacy’s photo researcher and art director for Elvis. In 1973, Semon achieved his career goal of working for Elvis’ record label RCA (if not recording for it) and commenced a career in sales and marketing development of artists like The Eurythmics, The Pointer Sisters and Hall & Oates. After Elvis’ death in 1977, he volunteered to oversee the international development of Elvis’ repertoire alongside his other managerial duties. This led to the creation of deluxe releases like the Essential Elvis series that included unreleased rarities from RCA’s vaults. Roger also compiled and produced Elvis’ very first official compact disc release in 1984, The Legend 3 CD set. In 1986, he became UK Director of Motown Records for the Bertelsmann Music Group that had acquired RCA Records. It was during this time that Roger met with renowned Elvis historian Ernst Jorgensen and the systematic restoration of Elvis’ recorded legacy began. In 1990, additional duties included the overseeing of BMG’s independent label division and the infamous Simon Cowell worked closely with Roger on his label’s development. In 1992, Jorgensen and Semon were Grammy

nominated in the  ‘Best Historical Album’ category for The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll 5-CD set. Later that year, both became independent and dedicated themselves to being custodians of Elvis’ recorded works. In 1999, they formed Follow That Dream, Sony Legacy’s collector’s label. 

Visit ElvisWeek.com to get all the details on Elvis Week 2015!

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