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A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:06 pm

The cam from Elvis' bedroom at Graceland.
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Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:20 pm

Thanks for sharing!

When you look closely at Graceland's 2nd window, you can see the camera ;)

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:24 pm

So, this bedroom of Elvis' - is it a bare room ?

Is everything packed away in storage ?

Or is it all laid out exactly as when he was last there ?

[That's enough questions - The Management]

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:33 pm

ColinB wrote:So, this bedroom of Elvis' - is it a bare room ?

Is everything packed away in storage ?

Or is it all laid out exactly as when he was last there ?

[That's enough questions - The Management]


A bare room? You mean his old bedroom?

From what I understand, anything of value (personal artifacts) has been cataloged and moved to safe storage. The furniture is still supposed to be there with regular dusting/cleaning routines performed by maids (this is what I was told... perhaps others have better/more information).

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:44 pm

Vissie wrote:A bare room?
You mean his old bedroom?
From what I understand, anything of value (personal artifacts) has been cataloged and moved to safe storage. The furniture is still supposed to be there with regular dusting/cleaning routines performed by maids (this is what I was told... perhaps others have better/more information).


Yes, Vissie, that's what I meant.

Thanks for the info.

I guess to have a really good look round it, you'd have to marry Lisa Marie.

And I'm a bit old for her.......................

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:57 pm

ColinB wrote:
Vissie wrote:A bare room?
You mean his old bedroom?
From what I understand, anything of value (personal artifacts) has been cataloged and moved to safe storage. The furniture is still supposed to be there with regular dusting/cleaning routines performed by maids (this is what I was told... perhaps others have better/more information).


Yes, Vissie, that's what I meant.

Thanks for the info.

I guess to have a really good look round it, you'd have to marry Lisa Marie.

And I'm a bit old for her.......................


You know... this is just a hunch I have... but I wonder if the powers-that-be will eventually open up the 2nd floor? Maybe long after all the principals are dead...

(They do it with many museum houses, so I believe it could be done). It could possibly be handled as a 'special ticket' item whereby small groups pay a fee to be escorted up and down.

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:02 pm

Vissie wrote:You know... this is just a hunch I have... but I wonder if the powers-that-be will eventually open up the 2nd floor?
Maybe long after all the principals are dead...
(They do it with many museum houses, so I believe it could be done). It could possibly be handled as a 'special ticket' item whereby small groups pay a fee to be escorted up and down.


Well, my understanding is that the room in the Lorraine Motel, Memphis [now The National Civil Rights Museum] that Martin Luther King was occupying when he was shot [on the balcony] is preserved exactly as it was, unmade bed & part-filled coffee cups etc. all intact & untouched.

And open to the public, too !

But nobody seems to think that's in 'poor taste'.

So you never know.......................................
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Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:22 pm

ColinB wrote:
Vissie wrote:You know... this is just a hunch I have... but I wonder if the powers-that-be will eventually open up the 2nd floor?
Maybe long after all the principals are dead...
(They do it with many museum houses, so I believe it could be done). It could possibly be handled as a 'special ticket' item whereby small groups pay a fee to be escorted up and down.


Well, my understanding is that the Memphis motel room that Martin Luther King was occupying when he was shot [on the balcony] is preserved exactly as it was, unmade bed & part-filled coffee cups etc. all intact & untouched.

And open to the public, too !

But nobody seems to think that's in 'poor taste'.

So you never know.......................................


Here is a shot of the camera....

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The problem with leaving fabric and wood 'exactly as it was' is that time and temperature will cause it to deteriorate. Even stone will wear away from people touching it repeatedly. However, if done properly, I'm sure it can be preserved.

I'm not saying that I advocate opening up the 2nd floor as I haven't really made up my mind whether it would be a good idea or not. It's just that as we move further along in time it might be something that is considered.

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:26 pm

Vissie wrote:...The problem with leaving fabric and wood 'exactly as it was' is that time and temperature will cause it to deteriorate.
Even stone will wear away from people touching it repeatedly. However, if done properly, I'm sure it can be preserved.


Thanks for the camera pic !

Yes, deterioration is a problem.

I believe the Martin Luther King stuff is all behind perspex.

And you 'quoted' my post before my latest edit !

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:26 pm

ColinB wrote:So, this bedroom of Elvis' - is it a bare room ?

Is everything packed away in storage ?

Or is it all laid out exactly as when he was last there ?

[That's enough questions - The Management]


Colin..

There was story on the Internet a while ago that Elvis' Bedroom was in fact bare. An ex employee blew the whistle I think .. after the Nic Cage story came out and it was cleared out to prevent something similar hapening again. This ex employee also said that Lisa doesn't even stay at Graceland when she's in town ..using a hotel instead. Maybe someone can get that confirmed for us....E-Cat??

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:37 pm

Little Darlin wrote:This ex employee also said that Lisa doesn't even stay at Graceland when she's in town ..using a hotel instead. Maybe someone can get that confirmed for us....E-Cat??


I believe that Lisa stays at the Peabody when she's in town--most of the time, anyway.

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:41 pm

ColinB wrote: Well, my understanding is that the room in the Lorraine Motel, Memphis [now The National Civil Rights Museum] that Martin Luther King was occupying when he was shot [on the balcony] is preserved exactly as it was, unmade bed & part-filled coffee cups etc. all intact & untouched.

And open to the public, too !

But nobody seems to think that's in 'poor taste'.


There is a group which has set up camp across the street at the Lorraine protesting what they call the commercialization of the assassination site. They have been there for years. When I say "they," that has generally meant a single person sitting there. Maybe they sit there in shifts, I don't know. But they have been represented at the location for many years.

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:45 pm

Colin: MLK's room is part of the tour, I did it last August, and is indeed preserved. The room beside it is open to the catwalk and the rooms on either side are preserved and viewable behind perspex windows. Whether the items are exactly as they were on that day one cannot tell though, hard to believe such things wouldn't have been disturbed after his death.

LD: according to some fans I met at St Paul's memorial Mass Lisa and Priscilla did indeed stay at the Peabody for the 30th anniversary at least (along with every other wealthy principal.)

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:03 pm

Thanks to K Hoots and Elvis_Priestly for the info.

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:21 pm

I have ask employees on two different trips to Graceland. The first time I asked was in late 90s and was told that it was used for storage. Doesnt seem right to me. The second time I was told that the room was empty but the walls, carpet, etc. was the same. That makes sence to me.

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:33 am

I guess there are several stories. As I said, I was told the minimum of furniture was still in there as there isn't really room for them to store a 9' x 9' bed. All clothing, sunglasses, etc. have been removed (from what I understand).

I also heard that Lisa does not stay at the mansion... that she does stay in a hotel. It's my understanding she doesn't want to be there as tours are conducted and looks upon it herself as a museum (rather than a home).

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:00 am

Thought I'd share yet another opinion ;)

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Presley-Elvi ... eaning.htm

Expert: James Warner
Date: 8/29/2007
Subject: Graceland Upstairs Cleaning

Question
Possibly a dumb question,but... do you have any idea if maids or a cleaning service regularly enter Elvis' Bedroom for cleaning? I have heard things like cologne and toothpaste he used are still sitting where they were at the time of his death. I have also heard only Lisa Marie and Pricilla can grant permission to enter the bedroom. I guess I'm just curious as to what actually is allowed upstairs as far as cleaning goes. They could probably sell Elvis Bedroom Dust on Ebay. Ha/ha.
Thanks for all your answers.
Adam Gibson
Oxford MS

Answer
Hi Adam,
Great questions! When I was at Graceland (in 2004) I talked to an employee as we were waiting for a shuttle bus to take us off the property. She told us that a crew of cleaners come in about once a month to clean the upstairs area. The cleaners are monitored via cameras and actual EPE management, so nothing comes up missing. Yes...only Lisa or Priscilla can grant permission to go up there.

A log book is kept and the information pertaining to the reason for going up there, length of time, date and particular time, and names of all people are recorded in it. Elvis' cologne bottles, personal hygeine items, towels, socks and some other personal effects are still up there, too...just the way he left them. The cleaning crew makes sure the shower is cleaned, the toilet is cleaned and flushed. They vacuum and dust, too. I have also heard that Elvis' bedding is still on the bed. Again, just the way he left them. Elvis' bedroom dust would probably sell very well on eBay. Why not. I've seen anything from a half eaten cheeseburger (preserved in an acrylic cube) to one of "his" toenail clippings from the Jungle Room carpet. Weird, man...weird. Oh well, it takes all kinds of people to make up this world!

Thanks for your questions. Let me know if I can help again and I hope you enjoy the books. By the way, the blueprints of Graceland you requested in an earlier letter have already been sent to you. Enjoy 'em.

TCB,
James

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:19 am

On my last trip to Memphis in 2006, the employee told me that his slippers are still under his bed. Certains things were left untouched, and other things were categorized and stored.

Hmm. Now this will drive me nuts for no reason because we have too many "stories."
Who's up for storming the castle?

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:50 am

I got to go into Elvis bedroom on one of my trips to Memphis..... but it was at Audubon Drive! lol

I also met the "protester" at the Lorraine Motel this last august, she told me that the MLK room is a "recreation" that it is not just the same as when he died there & nothing in the room is original. I don't know enough about the history of the motel to know if she was telling me the truth or not. She did say the rest of the rooms were removed and they had gutted the whole building to make the museum.

JEFF d
EP fan

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:05 pm

JonRomanovich wrote:On my last trip to Memphis in 2006, the employee told me that his slippers are still under his bed. Certains things were left untouched, and other things were categorized and stored.

Hmm. Now this will drive me nuts for no reason because we have too many "stories."
Who's up for storming the castle?


I don't think it should be too difficult to sneak up there and have a look/see ;) Heck, maybe if we ask LM nicely, she'll give us her blessing 8)

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:11 pm

Vissie wrote:I don't think it should be too difficult to sneak up there and have a look/see ;)
Heck, maybe if we ask LM nicely, she'll give us her blessing 8)


All they gotta do is take some photos, or better still a video, of the rooms up there as they are now, & make them available.

Then we'd all know the truth !

Re: A Rainy Night in Memphis

Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:26 pm

ColinB wrote:
Vissie wrote:I don't think it should be too difficult to sneak up there and have a look/see ;)
Heck, maybe if we ask LM nicely, she'll give us her blessing 8)


All they gotta do is take some photos, or better still a video, of the rooms up there as they are now, & make them available.

Then we'd all know the truth !


Colin, you and I could volunteer ;)

Here is an interesting passage ~

The same curiosity that brings visitors to Graceland inevitably prompts them to ask to see the second floor, where Elvis lived in the grisly stupor that ended his life in his bathroom asquat his toilet. The answer is a flat No. That is the deal, imposed unsparingly by Lisa, the daughter and heir. "Even Al Gore we had to say no to. Even Peter Guralnick (the renowned Presley biographer)." Why should anybody want to visit those quarters and to ogle at the 7-foot-diameter shower in the bathroom and the voluptuous bedroom, an extension of Elvis' resoundingly vulgar tastes?

A silly question. Why do people want to poke into the spot in the warehouse where the killer waited for President Kennedy? Why the allure of the balcony on which Martin Luther King strolled, awaiting the fatal bullet? Elvis Presley is something of a legend, and it is in very full display at Graceland. There is his pink Cadillac, and his motorcycles, and his big jet airplane and his little jet airplane, and the costumes he wore, which would have dazzled the pharaohs, and the tractors he bought, having zero use for them -- he just wanted to have a few tractors.


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