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Elvis lives in Amsterdam: Manifestations of the imaginary musician

Posted: April 13th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Amsterdam, 29 November – 1 December 2018 

Conference convenors: Rutger Helmers and Oliver Seibt

From Marvel’s Kiss comics of the late 1970s to Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger acting out different facets of Bob Dylan’s public persona in Todd Hayne’s experimental film I’m not there; from continuous assertions that the guy on stage isn’t the real Paul McCartney to YouTube videos showing Nigerian Michael Jackson impersonators; from Hans Sachs, the sixteenth-century Meistersinger, still performing regularly in Wagner’s opera, to a virtual band like Gorillaz; from Adrian Leverkühn’s pact with the devil in Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustusto the unsolved mystery of Chet Baker’s defenestration from Amsterdam’s Prins Hendrik Hotel.

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