Last week, a bible given to Elvis Presley by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes on the occasion of his first Christmas at Graceland in 1957 sold at auction for £59,000. The volume was heavily underlined; sparsely annotated.
At the same auction, a pair of underpants worn during Presley’s final tour — and possibly during his final performance — failed to meet the reserve price of £7,000. The last song Elvis performed at his last concert on June 26, 1977: Can’t Help Falling in Love. Elvis died on August 16, in a bathroom at Graceland.
The Italian media philosopher Franco “Bifo” Berardi sees the year 1977 as pivotal, as described in this brief montage of excerpts from his Precarious Rhapsody: