The debate between Elvis fans and Beatles fans over which rock god/gods were more important or influential has been waging for half a century. "Paul is still making music!" "Elvis died a has-been on a toilet!" "Elvis shook the establishment!" "Elvis is king!" "Elvis was the hillbilly cat, and the Beatles were a bunch of Brits! Failing to like Elvis is UNAMERICAN!" And on and on and on. It's one of my favorite musical debates because in my experience all parties get incensed.
But lucky for each camp, South Florida will be the destination for exhibits celebrating both:
Boca Raton Museum of Art welcomes "Elvis at 21" on April 20. The exhibit includes 40 large-format photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, who was hired to shoot the star before he became the rock 'n' roll king. And Old School Square Cultural Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-in with the traveling award-winning Gerry Deiter exhibit "Give Peace a Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In for Peace." This exhibit makes its Florida debut October 5, runs through October 11, and includes 30 large format photographs by Deiter as well as contributor interviews, music, memorabilia, and screenings of Give Peace a Song, Hard Day's Night, and Let It Be.
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