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Attend "Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll: A Discussion with Alfred Wertheimer" on May 1

April 23, 2013

Join the GRAMMY Museum as they welcome famous Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer for a discussion about his new book, "Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll." The event is presented by American Express on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Tickets are only $15. Click here to purchase tickets.

“Elvis who?” was photographer Alfred Wertheimer’s response when, in early 1956, an RCA Victor publicist asked him to shoot an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. Little did Wertheimer know that this would be the job of his life: just 21 years old, Elvis Presley was - as we now know - about to become a legend.

Trailing him like a shadow, Wertheimer was given unlimited access to get up close and personal with Elvis. Even as the singer was seducing young women in dark hallways, he allowed the photographer to record his every move. Wertheimer took nearly 3,000 photographs of Presley that year, creating a penetrating portrait of a man poised on the brink of super-stardom.

Joining Wertheimer will be GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, who also wrote the forward for the book, and the editor of the book, Chris Murray. Murray is the Director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C., where he hosted the first exhibition of Alfred Wertheimer's photographs in 1997. He is also the editor of Wertheimer's books "Elvis at 21" and "Elvis 1956," as well as the curator of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer."

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