Elvis Presley

Caught in a Trap


Author: Spencer Leigh

Publisher: McNidder & Grace

ISBN: 0857161660

Category: Music

Page: 384

View: 6180

Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Elvis death. As well as being the greatest solo star of the 20th century, Elvis Presley's career is full of controversy and Spencer Leigh's new biography ELVIS PRESLEY: CAUGHT IN A TRAP sorts out facts from the fiction. What separated Elvis Presley from his contemporaries, just how important was Colonel Parker, how did he come to reinvent himself for Las Vegas, did he have to die so young, and why does his legend endure. How good a singer was he, how good an actor was he, and was he caught in a trap, perhaps set by Colonel Parker Spencer Leigh has spoken to band members, songwriters, friends, fans and many people who have worked with the King, and he examines the evidence with the scrutiny of a forensic scientist. With a Foreword by RUSSELL WATSON, the 'People's Tenor'.

Caught in a Trap

The Kidnapping of Elvis


Author: Chris Charlesworth

Publisher: Red Planet

ISBN: 9781911346586


Page: 304

View: 3837

Draws back the veil of secrecy on the most dramatic event in the life of Elvis Presley.

Private Presley

The Missing Years--Elvis in Germany


Author: Andreas Schroer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060099429

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 7129

Three hundred photographs highlight a detailed account of Elvis Presley's two years in Germany with the U.S. Army.

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life


Author: Ray Connolly

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 1631492810

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 8162

A “sympathetic and exceptionally well-written account” (USA Today), Ray Connolly’s biography of the King soars with “spontaneity and electricity” (Preston Lauterbach). Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic end. A godlike entity in the history of rock and roll, this twentieth-century icon with a dazzling voice blended gospel and traditionally black rhythm and blues with country to create a completely new kind of music and new way of expressing male sexuality, which simply blew the doors off a staid and repressed 1950s America. In Being Elvis veteran rock journalist Ray Connolly takes a fresh look at the career of the world’s most loved singer, placing him, forty years after his death, not exhaustively in the garish neon lights of Las Vegas but back in his mid-twentieth-century, distinctly southern world. For new and seasoned fans alike, Connolly, who interviewed Elvis in 1969, re-creates a man who sprang from poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, to unprecedented overnight fame, eclipsing Frank Sinatra and then inspiring the Beatles along the way. Juxtaposing the music, the songs, and the incendiary live concerts with a personal life that would later careen wildly out of control, Connolly demonstrates that Elvis’s amphetamine use began as early as his touring days of hysteria in the late 1950s, and that the financial needs that drove him in the beginning would return to plague him at the very end. With a narrative informed by interviews over many years with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Sam Phillips, and Roy Orbison, among many others, Connolly creates one of the most nuanced and mature portraits of this cultural phenomenon to date. What distinguishes Being Elvis beyond the narrative itself is Connolly’s more subtle examinations of white poverty, class aspirations, and the prison that is extreme fame. As we reach the end of this poignant account, Elvis’s death at forty-two takes on the hue of a profoundly American tragedy. The creator of an American sound that resonates today, Elvis remains frozen in time, an enduring American icon who could “seamlessly soar into a falsetto of pleading and yearning” and capture an inner emotion, perhaps of eternal yearning, to which all of us can still relate. Intimate and unsparing, Being Elvis explores the extravagance and irrationality inherent in the Elvis mythology, ultimately offering a thoughtful celebration of an immortal life.

All the King's Horses

The Equestrian Life of Elvis Presley


Author: Kimberly Gatto,Victoria Racimo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621576175

Category: Pets

Page: 256

View: 7107

When Elvis Presley decided he wanted to buy a horse in 1966, he didn't want just any horse. "He wanted a Golden Palomino," Priscilla Presley remembers. "He would get up at 3:00 in the morning, go to certain farms and ranches and say, 'Do you have a Golden Palomino for sale?' People would say, 'That was Elvis Presley!" Elvis's legendary love of horses drove him to find the Golden Palomino who would become his beloved companion Rising Sun, and to fill Graceland's stables and Circle G Ranch with horses for family and friends to ride. In the first-ever book dedicated to Elvis's equestrian side, horse lovers Kimberly Gatto and Victoria Racimo share rare stories, interviews, and photographs that shed light on the beautiful, quiet life the King lived when he was with his horses.

Return of the King

Elivs [i.e. Elvis] Presley's Great Comeback


Author: Gillian G. Gaar

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458731901

Category: Large print books

Page: 407

View: 1777

By the end of 1968 Presley was artistically revitalised, re-emerging in a TV comeback special during December that year, slimmed down for the now iconic black leather suit, playing country-soul influenced rock like he meant it and loved it. In this second period of Presley's career, which lasted through to the end of 1970, he recorded some of his most enduring records, including "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto". Author Gillian Gaar shows how Presley reclaimed his rock and roll crown, making an extraordinary transition from fading balladeer to an engaged, vital artist.

Careless Love

The Unmaking of Elvis Presley


Author: Peter Guralnick

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316206725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

View: 7983

Careless Love is the full, true, and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley's last two decades, in the long-awaited second volume of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography. Last Train to Memphis, the first part of Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Presley, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "a triumph of biographical art." This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unravelling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking revelatory drama that for the first time places the events of a too-often mistold tale in a fresh, believable, and understandable context. Elvis' changes during these years form a tragic mystery that Careless Love unlocks for the first time. This is the quintessential American story, encompassing elements of race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation. Written with grace, sensitivity, and passion, Careless Love is a unique contribution to our understanding of American popular culture and the nature of success, giving us true insight at last into one of the most misunderstood public figures of our times.

Elvis Presley

A Southern Life


Author: Joel Williamson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199863172

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 3440

One of the most admired Southern historians of our time paints an intimate portrait of Elvis Presley, set against the rich backdrop of Southern society, that illuminates the zenith of his career, showing how Elvis himself changed—and didn't—and providing a deeper understanding of the man and his times.

The Elvis I Knew


Author: Robert C. Cantwell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939217721

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 174

View: 5105

Elvis I knew was a superstar, authentic country gentleman and 'unprejudiced' that cherished being around those that regarded him as an ordinary person.

Sergeant Presley

Our Untold Story of Elvis' Missing Years


Author: Rex Mansfield,Marshall Terrill,Elisabeth Mansfield,Zoe Terrill

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1550225456

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 243

View: 2777

Rex Mansfield and Elisabeth Mansfield live in Tennessee. Marshall Terrill is the author of Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel and Flight of the Hawk: The Aaron Pryor Story. Zoe Terrill is a pop culture historian. They live in Mesa, Arizona.

The Elvis Book


Author: Elvis Presley

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634025747

Category: Music

Page: 143

View: 7419

(Easy Guitar). 100 songs from The King's career, all arranged for easy guitar without tab. Includes: All Shook Up * An American Trilogy * Are You Lonesome Tonight? * Blue Hawaii * Blue Suede Shoes * Burning Love * Can't Help Falling in Love * Don't Be Cruel (To a Heart That's True) * G.I. Blues * Good Luck Charm * Heartbreak Hotel * Hound Dog * It's Now or Never * Jailhouse Rock * Love Me Tender * Memories * Return to Sender * (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear * Treat Me Nice * Viva Las Vegas * and more.

Blue Suede Shoes



Author: Thom Gilbert

Publisher: Glitterati

ISBN: 9781943876037

Category: Actors

Page: 252

View: 6159

A photographic collection that provides an all-access pass to the personal and professional world of Elvis Presley, as photographed by Thom Gilbert, whose stunning photos of Elvis artifacts reveal the man behind the legend. Behind-the-scenes images of Elvis's personal memorabilia, jewelry, clothing, and cars, plus interior images from his homes and birthplace are paired with portraits of friends, fellow musicians, co-stars, and fans, whose memories and anecdotes create a remarkable picture of this extremely generous and talented man.

Elvis, from Memphis to Hollywood

memories from my twelve years with Elvis Presley


Author: Alan Fortas

Publisher: Popular Culture Inc

ISBN: 9781560750260

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 322

View: 7788

Elvis Aaron Presley Death of a King


Author: friendfromyesteryear

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542636162


Page: 238

View: 1414

A poor boy from Tupelo, his Beloved Mother, their shared "Secret Heritage," a piece of Jewelry, their Christian Faith, a wife, a daughter, a Divorce, an addiction, Lies, Deception, Injustice, Treachery, Betrayal, and in the end, "Death of a King." A mystery, that only a piece of Jewelry "Covered with Love" will resolve. Only Elvis could have told this story. Only Elvis could explain the Love. Only "TRUE HEARTS" will understand. May you be counted among those pure of heart when the "Shroud of Darkness" is lifted by "The Death of a King." Elvis Presley, an American icon, enthralled millions. His fan base was one of the most ardent in all music history and his death devastated millions. Many have searched for meaning in his death, others have sought to capitalize on the grief. Several books about the man and his demise have been written by the King's so-called friends, but few get to the heart of the story. Author "friendfromyesteryear" will now tell you the truth about those August days in 1977 and what really happened to the legendary figure. In this unique exploration of Elvis's career and legacy, the author clears up a number of mysteries, including the significance of Elvis's Jewish heritage on his life and music, the Jewish "Star of David," the meaning of "La Chaim" and how they connect to his death, and the true spelling of Elvis's middle name-why and when it was changed to Aaron. This finding has the makings of a "history changing event."We are given a concise, intimate look into the events leading to August 16, 1977. This biography not only gives you the facts about Elvis's death but assures you that the King lives on in the hearts of millions.

The Cost of Sugar


Author: Cynthia McLeod

Publisher: HopeRoad

ISBN: 1908446013

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 4387

The Cost of Sugar is an intriguing history of those rabid times in Dutch Surinam between 1765-1779 when sugar was king.Told through the eyes of two Jewish step sisters, Eliza and Sarith, descendants of the settlers of 'New Jerusalem of the River' know today as Jodensvanne. The Cost of Sugar is a frank expose of the tragic toll on the lives of colonists and slaves alike.


A King in the Making


Author: Alfred Wertheimer,Peter Guralnick

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 078583303X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 9421

In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable and unparalleled career and photographer Alfred Wertheimer was asked by Presley’s new label, RCA Victor, to photograph the rising star. With unimpeded access to the young performer, Wertheimer was able to capture the unguarded and everyday moments in Elvis' life during that crucial year, a year that took him from Tupelo, Mississippi to the silver screen, and to the verge of international stardom and his crowning as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll.” As Alfred Wertheimer photographed Elvis during 1956, and again in 1958, he created classic images that are spontaneous, unrehearsed and completely without artifice. Wertheimer’s photographs of Elvis are extraordinary and he appears almost ethereal, whether reading a newspaper while waiting for a cab, or washing his hands during one of his many train trips. After 1958 and Elvis’ induction into the army, the world seemingly forgot about Wertheimer’s magical photographs - for nineteen years - until Aug 16, 1977, the day Elvis died and Time Magazine called. “The phone hasn’t really stopped ringing in the last thirty years,” observes Wertheimer. Many of the photographs in this visual treasury are previously unpublished and some have become almost as famous as the man himself.