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Elvis: The Biography Paperback – 10 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859653919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859653916
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Packed with newspaper reports, interviews and historical references, Hopkins provides a sturdy, thoroughly researched context for the rock'n'roll superstar phenomenon.'
-- London Metro

'The Elvis bookshelf is crowded now, but don't let that put you off. This thoroughly revised and updated version of Hopkins' two classic books deserves a shelf of its own.' -- Jann Wenner, founder and editor of Rolling Stone

'The book that Jim Morrison wanted to read. Jerry Hopkins retells the Elvis tale with both authority and compassion.' -- Mojo

'The early chapters, recounting Presley's transformation from bashful youth to supreme performer are almost as exciting as listening to the music.'
-- Evening Standard

'With a rare combination of seat-of-the-pants reporting and thoughtful portraiture, Hopkins creates a richly nuanced picture of a world in flux.' -- Peter Guralnick, author of Last Train to Memphis

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron Dundee on 1 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was given the original publication of this book in 1972. It writes about Elvis Presley as the world new him then. There is none of the critical revelations that abounded after his death. It was first and probably the best biography book I've read about Elvis.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Even handed look at the King 25 Oct. 2007
By ElvisFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jerry Hopkins has updated his classic biographies of Elvis and put them together in one outstanding book. It is terrific in that it shows the King in all of his glory, as well as showing some of his faults (Don't we all have 'em). Hopkins shares entertaining stories, and also concentrates on Elvis' music. Music that was so important it changed the world. So if you are looking just for lurid stories, most of which have been proven to be false, this probably isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an even-handed book that shows Elvis as the greatest entertainer ever, but still as human as the rest of us, I highly recommend this one. The price is also a plus!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Best Classic Book on Elvis 28 Oct. 2014
By Erik_In_Vegas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I just looked at the bad reviews of this classic book on Elvis and could hardly believe these negative reviews.

This book came out in 1971 and totally nails Elvis' career from 1954-1971.

It contains the complete collection of all his records and is,probably, the best discography available - showing all his records' release dates as well as the sequence of 45s, EPs & albums (plus movies).

And if you want to really relive the unadulterated (true 50s) fans' view of the (pre-death) Elvis Story... there is no better account than the chapters called Sunrise & Sunset.

This is the story Elvis read while he was still alive. The story that affected Elvis and truly reached him the most. A story he was very proud of.

This is the Original Elvis Book that all other authors used to get a true & full perspective on whatever they wrote about Elvis.

To see this great book, so badly reviewed, completely stuns me. This is a five star book! The first full documentation of Elvis' career - written while he was still alive.

You'll never truly experience nor fully understand the full Elvis Story, without reading this first, original classic.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Save Your Money 19 Feb. 2013
By Peggy Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There are much better biographies out there on Elvis. This was a real disappointment to me. I had the pleasure of reading some other biographies on him, and this really can't compare.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is suppose to be an author with an advanced education. 1 Sept. 2014
By Joyce Vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Jerry Hopkins didn't research at all. He didn't even get the time of Elvis's birth correct. He gave credit to the town gossip and quoted a serial rapist's opinion of Elvis. Every sensationalized lie about Elvis is found in this book. Unfortunately, other authors just copied this mess.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Even though I'm young I know a good book when I see one!!! 22 Oct. 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a huge Elvis Presley fan and I have read alot of Biographies on him. My favorite is The book- Elvis by the Presley's, and the book- me and a guy named Elvis by Jerry Schilling. Those 2 are my favorites that I have read so far but this one I just added to my fav list. This book tells you so much about his life and you get to know Elvis just by reading this book.
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