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Bono Poem on Elvis

Tue May 17, 2011 9:43 pm

Not sure if this was posted before, thought it was cool...anyone have video to post?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... c-20090506

Bono has never kept his admiration of Elvis Presley a secret. U2's frontman wrote about the King for Rolling Stone's Immortals issue, calling Elvis "the blueprint for rock & roll." And U2 even recorded tracks for 1987's Rattle and Hum at Sun Studios in Memphis, where Elvis first put his silky pipes to tape.

On May 13th, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a poem Bono has written about the King of Rock & Roll, and according to the Associated Press, the sonnet is a sentimental ode to Presley's inspirational career, from his small-town Mississippi roots ultimately to his influence on culture the world over. It will be the first time the poem will be heard by a mass audience, after being shelved for 10 years.

While the poem had been published previously, it has never been publicly aired. The BBC is running it as part of its poetry season, and Bono's heartfelt words — intertwined with Presley's song "Mystery Train" — will serve as the center piece for a 15-minute broadcast, featuring snippets of Elvis' music and other material. Throughout the poem, Bono claims, among other things, that "Elvis invented the Beatles," that "Elvis woke up my heart" and that "Elvis was made by America so America could remake itself."

"Elvis has millions of fans around the world, and Bono is one of them," Des Shaw, who recorded the poem at Ten Alps Radio, told the AP, before stating the obvious. "It lay around for a long time with a lot of producers and editors trying to turn it into a soundscape. It couldn't be a cold reading, so producer Chris O'Shaughnessy put it together. It seems the more you look into Elvis the more you realize exactly what a groundbreaker he was. He was breaking down boundaries."

Re: Bono Poem on Elvis

Tue May 17, 2011 11:59 pm

Bono has written some great pieces on Elvis, Cash and Sinatra, amongst others - he has an affable, knowledgeable and witty approach to the written word; but, most of all, he's a student and lover of good music.

Remember that fantastic video for Window in the Sky?! That was Bono - and U2's - love of popular music wrapped up in three minutes. But, yeah, he's a great ambassador for Elvis.

Re: Bono Poem on Elvis

Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:11 pm

Thank you, Bono for that! Visiting and recording in Memphis and admiring Elvis reaveals that you are a very documented and respectful to the good old rock'n'roll and Elvis himself.

Re: Bono Poem on Elvis

Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:00 am

jurasic1968 wrote:Thank you, Bono for that! Visiting and recording in Memphis and admiring Elvis reaveals that you are a very documented and respectful to the good old rock'n'roll and Elvis himself.


And of course you've heard their stunning tribute recording, "Elvis Presley and America"?

Re: Bono Poem on Elvis

Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:13 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
jurasic1968 wrote:Thank you, Bono for that! Visiting and recording in Memphis and admiring Elvis reaveals that you are a very documented and respectful to the good old rock'n'roll and Elvis himself.


And of course you've heard their stunning tribute recording, "Elvis Presley and America"?


Here it is . . .

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rjm

Re: Bono Poem on Elvis

Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:36 am

Than you very much