Paul B. MacLeod was the eccentric dreamer who kept his Elvis attraction open to the public round-the-clock and year-round from 1990 until his sudden death in 2014.
The location of these unforgettable curiosities was 200 E. Gholson Avenue in Holly Springs, Miss.
Memphis publishers and photographers Darrin Devault and Tom Graves have captured a series of images from the infamous roadside attraction in a new photography book titled “Graceland Too Revisited,” due out Jan. 29, 2015.
“Looking back, it’s difficult to determine whether the main attraction was the hot-wired Paul or the two-story antebellum home he crammed floor-to-ceiling with Elvis memorabilia,” Devault writes in the book’s introduction.
Some of the items Devault and Graves photographed were rare (early Sun and RCA vinyl records), some made in China (velvet paintings and assorted bric-a-brac), and some handmade (an over-the-top “Jailhouse Rock” inspired electric chair).
Graceland Too Revisited (74 pages), which retails for $24.99, was published by Devault-Graves Digital Editions.
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“The electric chair prop in the backyard was reportedly the last stop on the $5 tour,” Devault said. “By this time visitors were usually all shook up by what they’d seen and heard inside.”
“The critic Greil Marcus has bemoaned the loss of what he called ‘the old weird America,’” Graves said of the project. “Paul MacLeod and Graceland Too were one of the great roadside attractions, and for the price of five dollars you were taken into Paul’s world, a world dominated by Elvis Presley. From a visitor’s point of view the arrangement of all the Elvis items may have seemed chaotic. But in Paul’s world, in Paul’s logic, it made perfect sense. In our book we try to help it make sense to everyone.”