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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Enterprises, Inc; 1 edition (10 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599620731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599620732
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.7 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...In many way the most exciting and intimate portrait of the legendary entertainer...You don't have to be an Elvis fanatic to recognize the importance of this book. It sheds significant light on the early days of one of the true legends of show business." Cinema Metro Elvis 1956 is truly The King before he was The King, and the images are both insightful and stunning. Recollections by Wertheimer regarding time, place, and circumstances of each photograph offer further revelation into the daily events that paved the way for this true American idol." Her Nashville Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ALFRED WERTHEIMER began his career in 1951, publishing his work in such magazines as Life and Paris Match. When RCA Victor asked him to photograph Elvis in 1956, Wertheimer turned the assignment into a unique opportunity. No photographer ever again was allowed the same intimate access. Apart from Elvis' own recordings from this period, these images are the most compelling vintage documents of Elvis in 1956. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. R. Wakelin on 2 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed seeing all the photographs of Elvis's early career - took me back to being a happy rocking teenager 1958, and the time we swooned over him and loved him the mostest!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Braben on 19 April 2010
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If you like photography and you like Elvis then you will like this book. It covers a time when Elvis was on his way up but also a time when he was able to travel around more freely. The spirit of the growing man is in these images. It would indeed make a nice present for an Elvis fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Waggott on 25 Mar 2012
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Beautiful book with some fantastic photos, a must for all Elvis fans. This is Elvis in his prime when he was looking super hot
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Any music library strong in rock n roll history needs this 13 Dec 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
ELVIS 1956 offers black and white photos by Alfred Wertheimer taken during the year Elvis turned 21, and offer a fine visual record of a defining time for rock and roll. It was the year Elvis released his first record, made his first TV appearance, and more -and it offers a definitive visual portrait unavailable elsewhere. Any music library strong in rock n roll history needs this, which pairs Alfred Wertheimer's photos with essays by E. Warren Perry Jr. and Amy Henderson.
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Elvis 1956 - Photographs of Alfred Wertheimer (Welcome Books) 25 May 2010
By BlogOnBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
1956. It was the year My Fair Lady opened on Broadway; the year Jackson Pollock and Tommy Dorsey died while Sugar Ray Leonard and Johnny Rotten were born; the year Norma Jean Mortenson became Marilyn Monroe and the year of the chart debut of a 21 year old singer named Elvis Presley.

Now, in honor of the 75th anniversary of Elvis' birth (and the opening of a Smithsonian Exhibition celebrating the `King of Rock `n' Roll') comes `Elvis 1956: Photographs of Alfred Wertheimer.` Like the Beatlemania that was to arrive on these shores eight years later, the rise of Elvis Presley from unknown singer to generational icon, emerged in its near entirety all in one year. From the release of his `Heartbreak Hotel' single to his gold eponymous gold debut album to his still controversial hip-shaking appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis took the American music market by storm. It is that ascension that is so intimately chronicled in these photographs by Wertheimer; a photographer who had never heard of Presley when he was first hired and yet whose career would by inextricably tied to the singer's forever.

By being along for the ride, Wertheimer was able to capture what would be off limits in the years to come. Elvis in repose, Elvis preparing for an appearance or simply Elvis walking down the street as yet unrecognized are amongst the subjects of Wertheimer's work. Hired by the singer's new label (he had just switched from Sun Records to the larger RCA), the twenty-six year old photographer `tagged along' to come up with hundreds of photographs that would become a part of history in their own right. Never again would anyone have the same degree of inside access once the icon climbed to superstar status.

The book is part of a traveling exhibit (`Elvis at 21') that will travel to ten cities over three years, including the Grammy Museum in L.A. For those who can't get to the exhibit, `Elvis 1956' will serve as a reminder of a more innocent time in the life of a man who still looms larger than life to this day.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Elvis: The Beginning 6 Oct 2010
By Richard L. Le Compte - Published on Amazon.com
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Great photo documentary on the King of Rock and Roll.
A must have for any Elvis or early Rock & Roll fan.
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Elvis is the King 27 Jan 2013
By Gilbert G. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is great. We recommend it for any true Elvis fan. Frankly we can not get enough good Elvis material. For those who don't know about it, we recommend the Elvis channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
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A Fantastic Book 14 Nov 2012
By Steven DuVal - Published on Amazon.com
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This has got to be one of my most favorite Elvis books, the photos are great, they really capture Elvis as he was just beginning to become a star. I took my copy to have it autographed by the photographer.
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