The Life Of Elvis: Bob Dylan To The King Off To Bono Sound

MEMPHIS — an unprecedented lifestyle was dwelt by him — the poor boy that shook the world, the star who became a warrior, the icon not even death would stop.

Forty years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42, Elvis Presley’s life stands as one of the most analyzed in American history, and we aren’t close exhausted with the topic. Four years on, books continue to be written, films created and tunes sung about this singular life, and afterlife.

What follows is one variant of the Elvis story, from rise to tragedy that is Greek-worthy, in 40 quotes.

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