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永远的猫王--Elvis' Forever

(2007-11-27 11:17:01)
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猫王

永远的猫王--Elvis' <wbr>Forever 
 
                           永远的埃尔维斯
 
    A.想像一下一屋子全是穿着一样服装的人吧.他们穿着黑色紧身皮衣或白色涤纶紧身连衫裤.有瘦的,有胖的,有老的,也有年轻的.他们都想要使自己看上去像一个人:埃尔维斯-普雷斯利.
    B.每年在他去世的周年纪念日,成千上万的人聚集在埃尔维斯在田纳西州孟菲斯格雷斯兰德的家.他们把它成为埃尔维斯周.对于许多人来说,在崇拜埃尔维斯几乎成为一种宗教式的狂热.每年这天黎明,埃尔维斯迷们聚集在他的墓地周围,点燃蜡烛来纪念他.有些人控制不了感情而哭泣.12小时以后,当最后的蜡烛燃完后,他们蹒跚着走回宾馆或汽车旅馆.其中有些人到吉他形的泳池游泳,或观看只放埃尔维斯影片的一套二十四小时的电视节目.
    C.在他去世20周年纪念日时,人们从世界各地来到孟菲斯.近5,000人聚集一起参加为期9天的节日,进行比赛和开音乐会.在街上你会看到意大利的埃尔维斯迷在餐馆吃饭,德国的埃尔维斯迷在喝"埃尔维斯奶昔",日本的埃尔维斯迷,幼儿埃尔维斯迷,坐轮椅的埃尔维斯迷以及贴着连鬓胡子的女埃尔维斯迷.不管你往哪看,你都会看到大大小小,形形色色的埃尔维斯迷.事实上,要找个衣着不像埃尔维斯的人倒是很难的."我从未见过这种情况,"以为报道这件事的摄影记者说.
    D.埃尔维斯是世界上被模仿得最多得人之一.在这个节日,要进行比赛来评出模仿的最像得人.一个被日本的"埃尔维斯"表演了一个喜剧保留节目.墨西哥模仿者把埃尔维斯的一首歌"你不过是条腊肠狗"改成了"你不过是条奇瓦瓦小狗"."这真荒唐,一点都不像埃尔维斯,"一家埃尔维斯歌迷俱乐部的主任索尼亚说.但模仿者们有不同的看法."我们只是在以我们自己的方式崇敬埃尔维斯,"利物浦的埃尔维斯迷说.
    E.埃尔维斯-普雷斯利身上有什么东西使他的歌迷们在他死后20多年还在继续崇敬他呢?或许是他这个穷孩子从贫苦的生活到一夜之间成为巨富的成功故事吧.也可能是他对他家庭的挚爱.或者是因为他的音乐?"他的音乐是黑人音乐喝白人音乐的影响的交融,再加上乡村音乐的特色,"有以为歌迷说."他的音乐是国际性的.听他的音乐我感到美极了."埃尔维斯也很可爱."他知道如何跟别人交流."另一个歌迷说."他能记住人,使他们感到很亲切."
    F.一些人认为"埃尔维斯热"已经热过了头."他也就是一个普通人."孟菲斯的一个居民说."这里有些人没有自己的生活,真是太可悲了."但他的许多歌迷不同意这个看法.他们忘不了舞台上那个充满朝气的年轻人,那个有一幅美丽歌喉的人.即便是埃尔维斯许多年前就去世了,有些人认为他的歌声永远不会消逝.一个英国歌迷说,"去年,埃尔维斯的一套唱片集在英国最畅销流行唱片榜上名列第三!"
 
Elvis' Forever
 
 A.Picture  a romm filled with people who are all dressed alike.They're wearing skin-tight black leather or white polyester jumpsuits.There are skinny people and fat ones and young ones.They all want to look like one person:Elvis Presely.
 
B.Every year on the anniversary of his death,thousandsof people gather at Elvis's home,Graceland,in Memphis,Tennessee,They call it Elvis Week.For many people,worshipping Elvis has become almost a               religion.Every year at dawn,Elvis fans gather around his grave to light candles in his honor.Some fans bresk down and cry.Twelve hours later,when the last candles burn out,they stagger back to their hotels and motels.Some of them go for a swim the guitar-shaped swimming pools,or watch a 24-hour TV program of nothing but Elvis movies.
 
C.On the twentieth anniversary of his death.people form all over the world came to Memphis.Close to participate in a nine-day festival of contests and concert.Walking down the street,you would see Italian Elvises in restaurants.German Elvises drinking "Elvis shakes",Japanese Elvises,baby Elvises,Elvises in wheelchairs,and female Elvises with stick-on sideburns.Everywhere you looked,you would see Elvises of every size and description.In fact,it was hard to find anyone who wasn't dressed like Elvis."I'd never seen anything like it,"said a cameraman covering the event.
 
D.Elvis is one of the most imitated people on the planet.At the festival,there were contests to find the best impersonator.A man called the Japanese Elvis did a comedy routine.The Maxican impersonator changed Elvis's song"You ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog"to "You Ain't Nothing but a Chihuahua.""It was really silly.It wasn't like Elvis at all."said Sonia,president of an Elvis fan club.but the impersonator disagreed."We were just worshipping Elvis in our own way,"said the Liverpool Elvis.
 
E.What is it about Elvis Presley that makes fans continue to adore him more than 20 years after his death?Perhaps it's his rags-to-riches story,the poor boy that made it to the top.Maybe it was his love for his family.Or was it his music?"It was a wonderful blend of black and white influences plus country music,"says a fan."His music is international.I feel so good when I hear it."Elvis was also charming."He knew how to communicate with people,"says another fan."He remembered people and made them feel special."
 
F.Some people think "Elvis mania"has gone too far,"He was just a human being,"says a Memphis resident."Some of the people here have no life.It's said."But many of his fans disagree.They remember the young man who was full of life on stage,the man with the beautiful voice.Even though Elvis died many years ago,some people think his voice will live forever.A british fan says,"Last year,an Elvis album was third on the British charts!"
 
skin-tight    a.紧身的
polyester   n.聚脂,涤纶
jumpsuit   n.紧身连衫裤
anniversary   n.周年纪念日
worship   vt.崇拜,尊敬
religion   n.宗教,狂热的爱好
at dawn   在黎明时
in one's honour  为了纪念某人
break out   情不自禁地痛哭
shake   n.奶昔
stick on   a.可黏贴的
sideburns  n.鬓角,连鬓胡子
cover   vt.报道
imitate  vt.模仿
impersonator   n.模仿者
comedy routine   n.喜剧保留节目
Chihuahua  n.墨西哥奇瓦瓦狗
Liverpool   n.英国港口城市利物浦
rags-to-riches  从贫穷到富裕
mania  n.狂热
album   n.一套唱片
chart  n.唱片排行榜

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