Image Union, episode 0710: Rock n’ Roll Disciples

Image Union episode called "Rock n' Roll Disciples" by Thomas Corby. The work is a documentary about obsessive Elvis enthusiasts, who speak about their difficulties in dealing with the rock star's death.

0:00Copy video clip URL Slate.

0:18Copy video clip URL Image Union opening.

1:09Copy video clip URL “Rock n’ Roll Disciples” by Thomas Corboy. Woman explains the loss she has felt since Elvis’ death.

2:10Copy video clip URL Footage of Elvis’ funeral. People of all ages cry. A mournful song about Elvis’ death accompanies the footage.

3:19Copy video clip URL Interviews with several different Elvis enthusiasts. Artie Mentz, professional Elvis impersonator, tells of how Elvis’ death has altered his experience as an impersonator. “Now it’s sort of like being a duplicate without an original.” He also says his five year old son is following in his footsteps. Artie’s wife Ellie is obviously supportive of Artie’s profession, despite financial hardships. Judy and Jenny Caroll, teenage identical twins, on their relationships with boys: “If they say anything against God or Elvis, they get thrown out on their ass.” They reveal their belief that Elvis is their father. Frankie “Buttons” Horrocks tells us that her husband left her because of “excessive devotion to Elvis.” She is positive that any American woman who says she doesn’t want to make love with Elvis is a liar.

17:09Copy video clip URL Segment in which the interviewees are seen giving their regards to Elvis at his memorial. The music playing is a melancholy song about missing Elvis.

19:26Copy video clip URL Interviewees talk of how Elvis lives on.

22:20Copy video clip URL Footage of people at a candlelight vigil held in memory of Elvis. Artie Mentz performs “Glory Hallelujah” Elvis-style on a stage.

25:08Copy video clip URL Andy Kaufman impersonates Elvis for a 1983 taping of “Soundstage.”

26:46Copy video clip URL Image Union closing with “Media Burn” footage by Ant Farm.

28:03Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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