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Elvis Presley: The Man, the Life, the Legend Hardcover – 19 Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (19 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743456033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743456036
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 20.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,793,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mogsy J on 3 Sept. 2007
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As one of the millions of admirers of the incomparable Mr E A Presley I was surprised to have only just found this fine biography by Pamela Keogh. Ms Keogh has brought a freshness and vitality to this familiar story which is as welcome as it is surprising.

I thought I knew all there was to know about the great man but this book approaches the familiar legend with a perspective on his talent and his life which is quite refreshing in its refusal to pander to the current fashion for analysing every drop of sweat on our idol's brow!

Dare I say it, but Ms Keogh writes a lot of plain good old common sense about this much loved and much missed entertainer who, for so many of us became like family. So much of what has been written in other books (with the exception of the Peter Guralnick biography of course) has been over-dramatised, over-glossed and over-the-top.

In recognising that it is the overwhelming musical genius and unequalled attractiveness of this rare human being called Elvis (the pictures are just wonderful) Mr Keogh completely eliminates the need to analyse anything else when trying to understand his enduring popularity! Hoorah a feel good book on our beloved Elvis for a change!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Braben on 17 Dec. 2010
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I bought this book having read the other review and I wasn't disappointed - thank you! This is a lovley looking hard back book. The pictures are plentiful and well chosen, they include many of the familiar ones that most Elvis fans would know but also some that may be new. The text is well set out and there are double page spreads which concentrate on particular topics throughout the book. I was impressed with the author's ability to capture the man in relatively few pages. She gives us Elvis' story but more significantly, she conveys the essence of the man in a way that no other author I have read has. Obviously, the book is not as detailed as Peter Guralnick's two volumes but by concentrating on Elvis' style, charisma, beauty and talent she speaks to all his fans. I loved Pamela Clarke Keogh's writting style and her fascination with, and love of the man, comes through loud and clear.
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By Malcolm Minnis on 18 Jan. 2013
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I bought this for my mum as a gift, I expected it to take longer than it did and was very happy with the item and the delivery time.
I haven't listened to it yet, but so far so good
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The cream of the crop 29 April 2005
By Larry Geller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
More books have been written about Elvis Presley than any other celebrity in the history of show busines. After reading only a few pages of Pamela Keogh's book, I was deeply engrossed and it became obvious to me that she had tapped into the very essence of Elvis' life. And what a joy every page from start to finish turned out to be! Her fresh, revealing and well-rounded account rings loud and clear. Knowing Elvis as I did (I was his personal hairstylist and close friend), I can say without reservation that the reader will experience new and revealing insights as they are skillfully taken into an exciting tour-de-force encompassing all aspects of Elvis' life and career. This book is a must for everyone!
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Ray Fitzpatrick 30 April 2005
By Raymond Fitzpatrick - Published on
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I have been a lifelong Elvis fan from collecting his records and pictures to every article and book I could get my hands on. I thought I knew as much as anyone could know about Elvis. I was dead wrong. Pamela Keogh's fresh and insiteful look at Elvis Presley's life and career had me entranced. From the minute I read the first page I knew I could not put this book down. Her take on Elvis and the incredible impact he had on the world is compelling. I would highly recommend this book to everyone whether an Elvis fan or not. And to Pamela Keough I say bravo "a brilliant writer who gets it"
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend. 23 Nov. 2004
By Robbie Christensen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Pamela Clarke Keogh's biography of Elvis is quite witty and insightful. I think that the greatest accomplishment of the author is her ability to respect Elvis and present him as a human being. In doing so, she doesn't overemphasize either his great sucesses or faults but instead she writes about his enduring character traits. Also, she adequately discusses his life story through the narratives of people who actually knew him. I really enjoyed this book and I'm sure that other Elvis fans will too.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Beyond the Myth to the Person 22 Nov. 2004
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
John Lennon said, "Before elvis there was nothing." And he was right. Before Elvis there was the War. Before that the Depression, before that the first War. Mixed in with all this there was the Jazz age, the big band era, and swing. But Elvis carved new territory. With a sound all his own, Elvis found a niche somewhere between where the black artists of the day were trying to go and the mainstream of popular/country/gospel.

Untutored, Elvis was a natural showman. His hair, dress, and stage antics were enough to drive parents nuts, and to drive their kids straight to him. The onstage Elvis was a very different person than the private Elvis. And here, through interviews with the people who knew him best, by extensive use of the Graceland archives, and including more than a hundred images, many rarely seen before, is what may be the definitive biography.

Ms. Keogh has managed to capture the magic of Elvis on stage with the private person. She sums up her book: "Elvis. He was generous, he was kind, he was rambunctious, and, at times lonely, but who among us is not? By any measure, he lived a ful life, and even today, he does not fail to live."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Tiffany Bartok - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are just starting your Elvis kick, or you have an A in Elvis-ology, this book is a must have. The photographs are beautiful and the writing is a breath of fresh air- putting you right in the heart of Memphis... and Elvis. You won't find tall tales, gossip, or dirt on Elvis here, just many reminders of why we love the man so much. The style of writing is musical and fresh and it is a delight to read.
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