Graceland & Graceland Too
The world’s number one Elvis fan, Paul McCleod, resides In Holly Springs, Mississippi, midway between the King’s birthplace of Tupelo, MS and the seat of his empire in Memphis, TN. Here, he has created Graceland Too, a tribute to both Elvis’ legacy and his own consuming obsession. Every surface of the house, also Paul’s home, is covered with some sort of Elvis memorabilia.
Paul has every Elvis record, including an extremely rare one which Bill Clinton tried to buy for $250,000, but his passion goes much deeper than the music. He is building an approximation of the Jailhouse Rock set in his backyard and has binder upon binder cataloguing every appearance of, or even passing reference to, Elvis in a TV show or movie. Beyond this, he named his son Elvis Aaron Presley McCleod and plans to be buried in a replica of the rocker’s famous gold suit.
Last week we visited Graceland itself: an emotional rollercoaster of a tour culminating with a visit to Elvis’ final resting place. On the off-chance that the rumors are true and that Elvis is still with us, we left him a StoryCorps brochure in case he wants to tell his story.