For a good, long time, Elvis Presley was as big a cultural icon in death as he was in life. Maybe bigger. But The King’s charmed afterlife finally may be going the way of phone booths, pet rocks and wood-paneled station wagons.
If you’re a professional rock guitarist, the instrument hanging around your neck isn’t just your livelihood — it’s your life, a sacred and prized weapon of mass seduction that you care for like a six-string offspring.
“Know thyself.” It’s the orienting philosophy for a series of talks at the West Las Arts Center (947 West Lake Mead Blvd.) being presented every Friday this month and next under the rubric “The Native Son Bookstore Revisited.” Shuttered in 2008, Sam Smith’s Native Son Bookstore, in West Las Vegas, did much more than sell books.