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Coverdown: Freewheelin 220 / Freewheelin-on-line take 22
 

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There can be no question: it is a cinematic masterpiece; a milestone in the history of moving images. I am talking about Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, and, despite the multiple endings to the final part of the trilogy  - ‘The Return of the King’ - nothing is lost when you consider the totality of the project. I couldn’t thus resist from having that half-man, half-beast and totally schizophrenic creature Gollum in the fore ground of this month’s cover. 

It seems that another king is going to return in 2004. It will be 50 years ago next year, in 1954, that Elvis sauntered into the studio and recorded ‘That’s All Right’ which many consider to be the big bang of rock and roll. So expect the usual anniversary celebrations and reports of sightings of the King by shepherds on hillsides and wise men from the north.  My sighting of Elvis is taken from the famous 1963 screen print of the legend by Andy Warhol. 

For every king there must be a queen and who else but Marilyn could equal the iconic status of Elvis? This collage is taken from a study by the artist Mimmo Rotella, completed in 1962, a year of Marilyn’s death. 

Whilst Elvis is trying to gun Gollum down and Dylan looks inquisitively at the unheavenly creature, Marilyn just wants to take him home and cover him in kisses. Diamonds may be easily had and they may be a girl’s best friend but, for a Steptoe Senior look-alike who prefers thongs to Y-fronts, there’s nothing quite like a search of middle-earth for a golden ring to complete your set. Is there, my precious?

 

Theo Casamegas

 
 
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