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Alanna Nash
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1 Aug 2005

A monumental oral biography filled with raucous joy, aching loss and terrible poignancy, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia is the first book to capture the King – the man and the phenomenon – in his full complexity. Through revealing interviews with three of Elvis’s closest friends, who were also his protectors and rescuers, Nash achieves the first true mapping of Elvis’s psyche.

Billy Smith – Elvis’s first cousin and the person he reputedly loved most after his own mother – Marty Lacker – best man at his wedding and foreman of the ‘Memphis Mafia’, the King’s handpicked group of gatekeepers and confidants – and Lamar Fike – the touring crew member who accompanied him into the Army – were with Elvis from his teens to his final days and provide unique access to the greatest of all rock and roll legends. The revelations cut through every aspect of Elvis’s life, from the childhood seeds of his drug dependency, through his fear for his mother’s life and his plan to change his identity, to his bizarre self-mutilation. No one who reads this symphonic blending of three proud, ribald, sad and ultimately wistful voices can fail to be profoundly moved.


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  • Paperback: 806 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845131282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845131289
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Gripping' -- Daily Express

'The best Elvis book written to date' -- Uncut

About the Author

Alanna Nash is also ‘responsible for the best Elvis book to date (Uncut magazine): Elvis Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia.  A feature writer for the New York Times, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever book about the king 26 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is a masterpiece and a must for everyone even non Elvis fans.It gives an in depth into the man good and bad. The most fantastic Elvis book I have ever read. I have read most of them,but I keep reading this one over and over again.Some Elvis fans may not beleive what they read because he is not portrayed as an idol, being put on a pedestal, but a ordinary genuine human being with faults like all of us. This book shows the unhappiness that he endured and the true insite into his life through the life of his truest,closest friends.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! 7 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is absolutely unputdownable. Although there is an excess of Elvis books out there, there are really just a handful that combine a superb read with the reality. This one hits the nail on the head. It will have you laughing and crying at the same time - it is loaded with both hilarity and tragedy from these three first hand up-close experiences of this complex and fabulous life. I am reaching the end and don't want it to stop. The honesty and affection that comes through these voices is incredible. I urge you to buy it - Elvis fan or not! Excellent.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good readin' tonight 3 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
This is an unusually honest Elvis biography which manages to treat his memory fondly and sympathetically but which is not afraid to delve into the darker side of his life and background either. Pieced together from the memories of some of his closest friends, there is a seam of humour running through the book as they recall extraordinary incidents from Elvis's life (and even from his family's life before he was born) with a deadpan matter-of-factness. It is also intriguing and sometimes amusing to read three different takes of the same event. I don't suppose anyone will ever manage to encapsulate the complete Elvis, with all his complexities and contradictions, in one single book but I have read several biographies now and this one, above all the others, makes you feel like you've done more than just scratch the surface. So all in all I'd definitely recommend the book as readable, enlightening and an important addition to the Elvis canon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good readin' tonight 3 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
This is an unusually honest Elvis biography which manages to treat his memory fondly and sympathetically but which is not afraid to delve into the darker side of his life and background either. Hewn together from the memories of some of his best friends, there is a seam of humour running through the book as they recall extraordinary incidents from Elvis's life (and even from his family's life before he was born) with a deadpan matter-of-factness. It is also intriguing and sometimes amusing to read three different takes of the same event. I don't suppose anyone will ever manage to encapsulate the complete Elvis, with all his complexities and contradictions, in one single book but I have read several biographies now and this one, above all the others, makes you feel like you've done more than just scratch the surface. So all in all I'd definitely recommend the book as readable, enlightening and an important addition to the Elvis canon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis who? 2 April 2009
By Russ M
Format:Paperback
I'm not an Elvis fan, but I bought the book anyway. 750 pages of biography of a singer I don't like. But what a book! The narrative takes you right into the heart of the world of an ordinary and imperfect man trying to keep up with an extraordinary life. It just works so well. If you are reading this, you should buy this book. If only all biographies were made this way....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 25 Aug 2007
By Marnei
Format:Paperback
Can't believe I am saying this but this is a "Bodyguard" book that is well worth reading. Although it tells of Elvis' not so nice side it is done in such a way that you see Elvis as a whole person both good and bad. It is written without bitterness but maybe with some regret that you can only appreciate with the gift of hindsight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ring of Truth 10 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mountains of words have been and still will be written about Elvis...these 'feel' like they are from the horses mouth. I guess as ever the interview style quotes will be from subjective reality, but the overall impression is that their experiences of who Elvis really was, and the major events of his private life and backstage career, pretty much matched. It paints a picture of a man, talented but undereducated from a vicious, greedy, violent blue collar American family of the 1950s. Obsessed with wealth and fame, Presley's father was a weak loser, his mother built him into a monstrous narcissist in order to live in his reflected glory. Elvis never matured, he had no morals or ethics whatsoever and treated other people as objects. He literally ruined lives. It is one of the monumental ironies of recent human civilisation that we elevate the Ability over the Person, every time, if anyone has any doubts about how toxic and fake 'celebrity' life is, and how high the price for all that money fame and power really is, I recommend this book. Really well written, the framework narrative is not exaggerated or overplayed, I was completely gripped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 9 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
Elvis and the Memphis Mafia is a book easily capable of satisfying Elvis fans - the strength of this book lies in the sheer amount of fresh information and the simple approach with which it's delivered. The book is basically comprised of transcribed conversations with the "Memphis Mafia" - Elvis' famed band of associates that were with the Rock `n' Roll superstar throughout most of his amazing career. With the information being supplied by members of Elvis' entourage the book flows with an air of authenticity and succeeds in painting a realistic picture of the veritable icon we now call "the King". Wrapped up within the 700+ pages are moments of humour, poignancy, intrigue and candour that make "Elvis and the Memphis Mafia" a truly immersing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars detailed view of his life.
.very enjoyable. Reading on the lif
e of a very sad man at times.
Some of it surprising at times.read he had a low iq!
Published 29 days ago by mjambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Well I've read lots if books about the King but this has topped them all by far. This is the book of all books about Elvis life loves friendships . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS
This is a good book, IF you can Believe everything that was said about him. He was Human after all. We all make mistakes in Life. R.I.P. ELVIS Love HIM
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. R. K. Barraclough
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis and the Memphis Mafia
This is the first book I feel I really got to know Elvis.I have read a lot of others but they do not come anywhere near this one for getting to the real core of him.
Published 4 months ago by A J KENNEDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Really informative read that not only highlights Elvis's many achievements but also his struggles in a positive way. You can tell the people they spoke to loved Elvis
Published 6 months ago by diane power
5.0 out of 5 stars Very honest and revelling
A very true account of his life and death ,by the men who knew him the best . Tragic waste of fantastic talent .
Published 7 months ago by colleen williams
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
seemed to do a lot of repeating in the book got bored very easy infact it got on my nerves
Published 7 months ago by buffylass
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I couldn't put this book down and have read it within a week.
Sometimes it goes on and on about Elvis's finances, which are a bit boring - I enjoyed the
Juicy bits about... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish NOT Irish
Great book..but I would like to comment on the Billy Smith/Lamar Fike conversation regarding Elvis's ancestors..Andrew Pressley was Scottish not Irish.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Sands
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book must read.
Fantastic book by the ppl who knew him best. Priscilla nasty piece of work and lives a luxury life thro the Presley name. Thank u guys for sharing such memories with the world. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MonicaGallagher
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