As Thanksgiving approaches, Mobile is preparing locally for the holiday season. Depending on the timing Mardi Gras (or Easter), it’s a season that may last up to four months. Many are already making preparations for the holiday season by doing a little early Christmas shopping. Fans of Elvis Presley are some of the most zealous, and Christmas 2014 will feature a gift for that any Elvis junkie would love.
Everyone knows that the best Elvis memorabilia is the most unique. Legends Home Bedding is giving Elvis fans a chance to sleep with The King himself with their Elvis Presley bed sets and pillow shams. The “Elvis Presley Guitars” design has Presley rocking out to a “warm-neutral” background. “Dancing Elvis” features Presley in his youthful prime set to burgundy. The “Burning Love” pillow sham set has Presley’s image emblazoned against a deep red heart, and the “Always on My Mind” sham set allow Elvis fans to experience a seductive look each time they enter the bedroom. The sets are available at Sears, Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Legends Home Bedding’s website.
While on the subject of ravenous fans, Deadheads rank up there with disciples of The King. The colorful collage of music lovers set a standard for fandom and tour road trips with their dedication to The Grateful Dead. The West Coast jam outfit spent decades on the road until the death of vocalist/guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995. Even though the band stopped touring years ago, the Deadhead scene is still alive and well today. A new book will hit the shelves Jan. 20 that promises to give fans a deeper look into this legendary band.
Peter Richardson’s “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” attempts to solve the riddle of how the band managed to collect a loyal fan base and sell millions of records without ever having a top 10 hit. Richardson’s explanation involves what has been called “three powerful utopian ideals” that “struck deep chords” with generation upon generation. The ideals include a commitment to ecstasy, mobility and community.
The author crawled through interviews and conducted extensive research on his subject matter to provide a definitive history on The Grateful Dead with a fresh conceptual viewpoint. “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” promises to be a must-have for any Deadhead.