Norman MacAfee is a writer, translator, editor, and visual artist who lives in Manhattan. His most recent books are The Death of the Forest, opera by Norman MacAfee to music of Charles Ives; The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now; and The Coming of Fascism to America. The Death of the Forest will premiere in Amsterdam in 2007 and tour in Europe and America. He also translated (with Luciano Martinengo) the poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini (Farrar Straus Giroux 1996, Random House 1982) and (with Lee Fahnestock) the letters of Jean-Paul Sartre (Scribner, Penguin UK, 1993, 1994).
Elvis Presley is born in 1935 and, a little over 20 years later, he would have his first #1 single on the US charts, forever changing the landscape of popular culture and ushering in a new age of celebrity superstardom.