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Hail, Hail Rock & Roll Film Series: Elvis - The '68 Comeback Special

Thursday, May 1, 2014

6:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Join us for a seven session documentary film series on Thursday evenings this spring. Focusing on American Rock and Roll, the series will look at the development of the genre from the 1950s through the late 1970s – with a grand finale screening of the classic spoof Spinal Tap!

Film Series Moderator:   Dave Lussier, a Providence composer/arranger of over 350 songs.  Dave has been a student of the “School of Rock” for over 35 years and brings his expertise to the PPL Film Series of classic Rock Docs.

Elvis:  The ’68 Comeback Special

Originally conceived as a generic variety hour until Presley took creative rein, the result is a perfect blending of white hot performances and exciting production numbers that re-cast his classic hits in a modern, vibrant light. Looking impossibly sexy with an urgent raw edge to his voice only hinted at during his formative years, the boy who dared to rock during the dawn of that genre has matured into a man in complete control once more.

Among the high points of these classic 50 minutes: a thrilling sequence commencing with a triple-threat medley of Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, and All Shook Up paves the way for a blazing Jailhouse Rock (Elvis barely suppresses a laugh while maneuvering the tongue twister lyrics) and beautifully re-arranged versions of Can't Help Falling in Love and Love Me Tender, which topple their original 45rpm incarnations; a rousing gospel sequence that pays homage to Presley's musical roots, including a moving Where Could I Go But to The Lord and a furious tent-revival take on the once obscure Leiber-Stoller composition, Saved; down and dirty jams on Baby, What You Want Me to Do? (featuring Presley's gritty, underrated rhythm/lead combination riffing) and an earth-shattering One Night.

Running Time:  76 minutes

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. 

Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

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