Business Perspectives

Quarterly magazine provides new and analysis of global, national and regional economies. It also covers topics of interest to business, education and government communities.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 3, Summer

Believing in Elvis: Popular Piety in a Material Culture
Although he died on August 16, 1977, Elvis remains everywhere--his image seen on the surface of every conceivable mass-produced consumer item, his music honored in multiple tribute concerts and greatest-hits rereleases, his life dissected in endless...
Elvis Is Still Big Business in Memphis
Memphis has experienced dramatic growth in the 25 years since Elvis died. Since "That's All Right (Mama)" was recorded in 1954, Memphis has grown from a sleepy, backward river town to a major city that competes for business and economic opportunities...
Playing for Keeps: Elvis Presley and the Evolution of Memphis
Elvis was the creative force that bridged different music art forms, and that fusing brought about a whole new explosion in terms of musical expression. Elvis' father and my father were sharecroppers in Mississippi before Elvis and I were even born,...
Selected Timeline of Elvis Presley since 1977
1977 On August 16th, Elvis is pronounced dead on arrival at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. 1979 On June 26th, Vernon Presley died. 1981 The Elvis Presley trust hired Jack Soden to plan and execute the opening of Graceland to...
The Elvis Presley Scholarship at the University of Memphis
Elvis Presley's talent and rise to fame have inspired millions. From very humble beginnings, Elvis entered and conquered the music and film industries. After his death and true to Elvis' generous nature, Elvis' estate and family wanted to ensure...
The Evolution of Elvis Presley Enterprises
Introduction How does one begin to describe the unparalleled success of Elvis as a performer? It was best captured, perhaps, by Life magazine, which described Elvis as "The most successful entertainer of all time.,, (1) A testament to this success:...
The Man Who Made a King: An Interview with Sam Phillips
How could a young man from such humble beginnings have such a gravitational impact not only on his own era, but also on generations of fans today, some of whom were born after his death? Moreover, who could have imagined this impact? Possibly only...
The Mississippi Valley Collection at the University of Memphis
The Mississippi Valley Collection (MVC) is a repository of materials documenting the history and culture of the lower Mississippi Valley region. Administered as part of The University of Memphis Libraries' Special Collections Department, the MVC...
The University of Memphis and the Heart of Elvis Week
August 16, 1978, the first anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, was an embarrassing day in Memphis' history. The thousands gathered in Memphis to pay homage were greeted by a city with nothing to 'offer them but a fire and police strike....