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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (Thorndike Biography) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Jerry Schilling , Chuck Crisafulli
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Feb 2007 Thorndike Biography

On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered into a Memphis touch football game, only to discover that his team was quarterbacked by a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the local teenager whose first record, "That’s All Right," had just debuted on Memphis radio. The two became fast friends, even as Elvis turned into the world’s biggest star. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to work for him as part of his "Memphis Mafia," and Jerry soon found himself living with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his own room at Graceland. Over the next thirteen years Jerry would work for Elvis in various capacities — from bodyguard to photo double to co-executive producer on a karate film. But more than anything else he was Elvis’s close friend and confidant: Elvis trusted Jerry with protecting his life when he received death threats, he asked Jerry to drive him and Priscilla to the hospital the day Lisa Marie was born and to accompany him during the famous "lost weekend" when he traveled to meet President Nixon at the White House.

Me and a Guy Named Elvis looks at Presley from a friend’s perspective, offering readers the man rather than the icon — including insights into the creative frustrations that lead to Elvis’s abuse of prescription medicine and his tragic death. Jerry offers never-before-told stories about life inside Elvis’s inner circle and an emotional recounting of the great times, hard times, and unique times he and Elvis shared. These vivid memories will be priceless to Elvis’s millions of fans, and the compelling story will fascinate an even wider audience.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 677 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078629289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786292899
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,110,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Schilling has the goodsuwhere else can you read about the King giving karate lessons to Liza Minnelli in a hotel room while Chubby Checker and porn star Linda Lovelace looked on? ("Entertainment Weekly")More than anything, this moving and elegantly told memoir resonates with the spirit of true friendship. ("The Washington Post") --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jerry Schilling is a lifelong friend and associate of Elvis Presley. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 25 Aug 2007
By Marnei
Nothing new but ok for a light read. The book is written from a friends perception of how he remembers past history, no nastiness or bitterness, enjoyable reading.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Enlightening Read! 12 Oct 2006
This is one of the best books I have ever read on Elvis. It is great to have a 'fly on the wall' view of life with Elvis by someone who was actually there and who accompanied him on his journey. It is better still to read something that isn't sensationalised in order to generate sales. So many books have been written by people who never met Elvis and who make assumptions as to his thoughts and feelings whereas Jerry Schilling gives a personal view of Elvis and the amazing life he led. A truly great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 'Quiet' Book by one of Elvis' better friends 5 Nov 2009
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Jerry Schilling can easily be considered one of Presley's most loyal and trusted friends.

Before meeting Elvis, Jerry was like any other obsessed fan. His dreams were exceeded when he met and was later hired by Presley. The book tells the whole story from Jerry's earliest recollection of first hearing of Elvis Presley through to working and partying with him, almost to the end. You will learn about the good times as well as the frustrations. Jerry was there and witnessed it all.

If you are already well read on Elvis, much of the stories told in this book will sound familiar or even repetitively boring. To the uninitiated or the new fan, Jerry's book is a revelation without the sensationalism found in other "friends' books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars my best friend 28 Dec 2009
Jerry, you wrote in this book that Elvis was your best friend. But you left him in February 1976,18 month before he died. In the most vulnerable period of his life. OK. We already know the picture of Elvis's last year and a half. Peter Guralnick already described his downward spiral into drugs, fear, ilnesees, paranoia....But if Elvis was your best friend you should stay with him until the end and maybe try to save him. OK, some many others would reply: how can you save Elvis from his self distructive behavior? Maybe it's right but not 100% percent. Elvis bought you a house roughly one year before you left him. You described in your book one last meeting with him in Landover, Maryland in the summer of 1976 and you wrote "Elvis gave a good show that night". Just like that? Your book is warm, funny, so I believe you was a good friend of Elvis. But something is missing, Jerry is very diplomat regarding Priscilla, the other girls, the Mafia members, the guns and the drugs. About the drugs: if you took the uppers and downers just only 48 hours after you went with Elvis on first trip to California and realize that "living better to chemistry" is dangerous so why didn't you talk to Elvis right away? i think you was afraid being fired on the spot. I like the book, i believe in sincere friendship, but, Jerry, I believe you are knowing a lot more stories about Elvis and you chosed to not offend anyone (the members of the Mafia, Priscilla, even Colonel Parker). So, it's a good book, but a carefully constructed clean image of the greatest singer of the XX'th century with all his contradictions and faults. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By kie
best book i have read about elvis.jerry told things about elvis and himself which were personal and those are the things we want to know it felt as if all his wonderfull work(songs)were captured in this book along with all of their family and friends what an adventure.elvis was an amazing man thats why i am a fan but jerry was not just his employer but as the book says lifelong friend,like normal people they had their ups and downs.well done jerry couldent put the book down
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 12 April 2014
By claire
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Wonderful story of Elvis , I couldn't put the book down ! Even if your not an Elvis fan I would definitely recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really impressed 9 Mar 2014
By Claire
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Expected more from insider view, maybe I'm just weary of same memories regurgitated. Nice guy though. Not a bit jealous of lifestyle
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Friend Speaks 23 Dec 2013
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At last the book Elvis fans have been waiting for. Jerry Schilling writes with compassion about his friend who just happened to be the most famous entertainer on the planet. Read this book if you want to find out about the real Elvis. If you want scandal look elsewhere. The best Elvis book I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written with love.
Well done jerry, one of the intelligent literate friends who sets the scene in 50's Memphis and the community from which they emerged onto a world stage.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs H M Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book
This is a must for any Elvis fan. Jerry takes you back to when it all began. He introduces you to Elvis the man, you learn about his humour, moods ,loves, and insecurities and not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss K Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good book, well worth reading, I really enjoyed this book, a must for every elvis fan. Good value go get it
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. T. J. Jein
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Jerry Schillings book about Elvis
I've been an Elvis fan since the 70's, decided to get this book for my new Kindle, really impressed with the book, generally we see Elvis the star, the image and the legend, this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis book by Jerry Schilling
This book surprised me. It was much better than I thought it would be. I am a massive Elvis fan and i thought I knew everything about Elvis. I was wrong! Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. W. P. Lucas
1.0 out of 5 stars One Big Yawn
This is one of the worst books I have ever read about Elvis. Jerry comes across as a nice guy who does not want to cause any offence, but in doing so the stories are disjointed and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars diplmomacy and hypocracy
i purchased this book me and a guy named elvis, i thought it was over priced for a kindle book but i was excited about reading it, WOW WHAT A LET DOWN,, IT... Read more
Published 14 months ago by susielyly
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have always had my doubts concerning the so called Memphis mafia and whether they were actual friends or just milking Elvis, I truly feel Jerry was a true friend to Elvis, its a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dave the rave
5.0 out of 5 stars Me and a guy named elvis
This is the best elvis book I've read! It captures elvis through his friends eyes as part of the inner circle it's the truth! It was very interesting! Really enjoyed it! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential Elvis biography
An essential read for any Elvis fan; Mister Schilling`s exceptional biography of the king of rock and roll is insightful, entertaining, touching and impossible to put down. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Adam F. Dolan M.A.
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