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Elvis Memories: The Real Presley - By Those Who Knew Him [Hardcover]

Michael Freedland
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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28 Mar 2013
This is not just another Elvis Presley biography, although it gets closer to the real Elvis story than many of the hundreds of other books that have dealt with the life of the man his contemporaries have called The King . As the author Michael Freedland puts it in his introduction, Everyone knows Elvis . But not the way his close friends, employees and others who entered his life knew him. For this is their story, told in their words. He interviews those who knew Elvis intimately, from the now elderly woman who was at school with him and whose parents foreclosed on the shack they rented to Elvis mother when his father was in jail, to the maid who prepared his peanut butter sandwiches and hamburgers and watched him line up the girls he wanted to take to his bed. In between, we meet the black man who remembered sneaking into a local cinema with his pal in defi ance of most of the Deep South race laws, members of the so-called Memphis Mafi a who went where he went, laughed when he laughed and suffered when he suffered and usually received a brand new Cadillac for their troubles. There s also his doctor who denies giving him fatal doses of the drugs he collected along with the hamburgers. Writer and broadcaster Michael Freedland went all over the West Coast and Southland to talk to these people who shared Elvis life, telling the complex Elvis Presley story in a way more true to the real man than the usual collection of dates, film and song titles.

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  • Hardcover: 365 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press; First Edition edition (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543583
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are fascinating tales aplenty here to beguile anyone drawn into the Presley enigma. --R2 Magazine

About the Author

Michael Freedland is the author of over thirty books, mostly biographies of leading personalities and figures in the world of entertainment. he writes for newspapers and magazines in britain and america and broadcasts regularly on the BBC.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Different Elvis book 7 Dec 2013
By graham
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Brought the book as I thought it would give another insight on the Elvis story. However it was too documented and rather boring so I put it away after a few chapters. Not recommended albeit a cheap buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book at all 6 Nov 2013
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Given the zillions of words written to cash in on Elvis' legacy,
this one succeeds quite well. Intimate and believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Memories a must for Elvis fans. 21 April 2013
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Have read quite a few books on Elvis but this book makes me admire him more. I feel I had a glimpse into the real Elvis by those
who really knew him. Every Elvis fan should read it. Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff. 4 Jan 2014
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Bought this as a gift to an Elvis fan. I still have a roof over my head so it must have worked.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 15 Sep 2013
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Don't bother, not what I expected and a boring read to boot. Perhaps that's just me but I wouldn't recommend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor read 19 Aug 2013
By Krusty
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A mish mash of well known facts presented in a haphazard way. No Elvis fan will appreciate this drivel. Keep your dish in your pocket
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3.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Memories: The real Elvis Presley 11 Aug 2013
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I read this book but all the while looking for something really interesting to turn up! Maybe I was looking for more scandalous happenings!
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