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Elvis and Ireland

Elvis and Ireland [Kindle Edition]

Ivor Casey
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Elvis and Ireland is the "Irish Biography" of Elvis Presley. It is the detailed story of Elvis Presley's life and career, combined with a timeline of events in Irish popular culture and the social changes brought on by his unique brand of rock 'n' roll. What you will find here is just about everything to do with Elvis and his links with Ireland including anecdotes, entertaining trivia on Elvis's connection with Ireland, his Irish chart successes, as well as areas of censorship. You will also learn about Irish songs he covered and Irish singers who covered his work. Find out what many Irish personalities have to say about Elvis, as well as what was said about the star from the Dáil (Irish Government) to the pulpit. Elvis and Ireland focuses on how Irish artists used Elvis and American popular culture for their own artistic efforts, from Ireland's earliest showbands and beat-groups to the rock legends Rory Gallagher, Phil Lynott and Bono. It covers several decades of Irish popular music without ever losing track of Elvis's story. In brief this book is a view of Elvis Presley through Irish eyes. Elvis and Ireland brings together the story of the global superstar from his birth to his untimely death, picking up the Irish connections along the way. To add a further Irish dimension, the book also features artwork of Elvis by three famous Irish artists. Hundreds of Elvis books already exist but rarely does a new Elvis book have something to say from a totally different cultural stand point. All music fans, and not just the Irish ones, will find this an exhilarating journey through the career of the universal music icon.

About the Author

Ivor Casey has a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies. He has been a freelance journalist and photographer in Ireland for 10 years covering articles about music, art and history for regional and national newspapers and magazines. This is his first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Appello Press (30 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,113,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I began writing adventure stories around the age of ten but became interested in non-fiction writing in my late teens. After working as a part time freelance journalist from the age of nineteen, covering articles on music, history and art for regional and national newspapers, I went to college where I achieved a BA (Hons) Degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies. My main area of qualifications focuses on sociology and cultural theory, next to English literature. Having begun the outline for a book on Elvis Presley and his influence on Irish culture as a teenager, I finally decided to self publish it in 2013. "Elvis and Ireland" is my first book and I am proud to note that it has achieved critical acclaim among some of Ireland's top journalists and musicians, as well as those who experienced Elvis's era first hand. My approach to a lot of my non-fiction writing is to find new slants and angles on well known and respected subjects and research them deeply, to present them in a new light to a new audience. However, I hope to revisit my earlier passion for fiction writing in the near future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 29 Mar 2013
By Puffi
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Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated with Elvis. I loved his music and found his personal life fascinating too. I thought that I had read almost everything that had been ever written about this mega star, so you can imagine how I bowled over I was to come across `Elvis and Ireland' by Ivor Casey. Before reading this well researched, well written and beautifully illustrated book, I had no idea that Elvis had any connection with Ireland at all. The author has a wonderful way of telling stories with humour and he definitely knows his stuff. I couldn't put the book down until I had read it from cover to cover. I felt I was sitting in a cafe chatting with an old friend, only when I was leaving, instead of being satiated with caffeine, I was filled with numerous stories and facts about Elvis that I never knew before...
I would definitely recommend everyone to purchase at least three copies of this fabulous book: One to keep in your bookshelf and the other two to be given away as gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable piece of social history 22 Jan 2014
"Elvis and Ireland" is an indispensable piece of Irish social history: it examines how Catholic Ireland had its mores shaken by the "subversive" influence of Elvis, the King of rock 'n' roll and prototypical rockstar. Casey's research shows that Elvis's influence ran so widely and deeply in Ireland that he was the subject of debate in Dáil Éireann, the principal chamber of the Irish parliament; furthermore, the book examines in fascinating detail how the "King" provoked the animosity of Bishop John Charles McQuaid, the quintessential pillar and symbol of Irish Catholic conservatism. What "Elvis and Ireland" does so successfully is thread the reactions and feelings of the media, members of government and of Church, of musicians and artists, into a single coherent and lucid account. This is the métier of any biographer or historian. And then there is the music: I was delighted to learn the details of Elvis's devotion to the recordings of the great Irish tenor Count John McCormack in particular, and I admire "Elvis and Ireland" for the huge degree of research which went into the acquisition of opinions of figures in Irish life on Elvis and his personal influence and/or importance to them. I look forward to reading "Elvis and Ireland" again, and revisiting some of Elvis's music and then music of some of the Irish stars he influenced, and by whom he was influenced, on the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on the Elvis story. 9 Nov 2013
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I loved this book. As an Elvis fan I found it very interesting about the influence he had on the Irish music scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and interesting book. 5 April 2013
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Whether you're a fan of Elvis, or Ireland, this is a great read that is thoroughly researched and exceptionally well written book that explores a side of the King that we've never considered before. Full of great anecdotes, interviews and archive material, this is a must read. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed. A++++++
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