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In Search Of Elvis: A Journey to Find the Man Beneath the Jumpsuit [Paperback]

Charlie Connelly
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7 Feb 2008
Since his death in 1977 Elvis Presley has become an even greater cultural icon than when he was making records and consuming deep-fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches. IN SEARCH OF ELVIS sees Charlie Connelly set off on a journey to discover what makes Elvis so significant today and how his spirit is being kept alive more than half a century after he changed popular culture for ever. Charlie's odyssey takes him to Finland to meet an academic who performs Elvis songs in long-dead languages - while wearing a kilt; to Canada to find the orthodox Jewish Elvis tribute artist, Schmelvis; to Scotland to get fitted out with the Presley tartan; and culminates in Memphis, where Charlie stays at the Heartbreak Hotel (which is at the end of Lonely Street) and records a song in Sun Studio, the very room where Elvis arguably invented rock'n'roll. Hilarious yet informative, and written with Charlie Connelly's customary wit and charm, this book will appeal to Elvis fans of all ages, plus the many travel-book aficionados who delighted in ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349119007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349119007
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Connelly is a bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster.

He is the author of ten books, including the bestselling 'Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast', and 'And Did Those Feet...: Walking Through 2000 Years Of British And Irish History'.

'Attention All Shipping' is one of the biggest selling travel narratives of the past decade, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and the audio version was voted the second greatest audiobook of all time in a Guardian/Waterstones poll in August 2008. 'And Did Those Feet' was also a Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Martin Freeman.

Charlie was a presenter on the BBC Holiday programme, his first film for which won the Silver Thistle Award for international broadcasting.

He co-presented the first three series of Traveller's Tree with Fi Glover for BBC Radio 4 and devised and presented the acclaimed documentary 'Noel Coward, The Poet' for the same channel. He has been a regular guest on 'Excess Baggage' and has also appeared on BBC Radio 2, RTÉ Radio 1, Newstalk 106.2 and BBC Five Live. Charlie was shortlisted for the 2008 British Guild of Travel Writers' Radio Award for his work on Traveller's Tree.

He has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Times, New Statesman, Arena, Irish Times, Sunday Times, Glasgow Herald and - much to his accountant's amusement - the Financial Times. He has also written comedy scripts for RTÉ Radio One and wrote the well-received comedy show What's The Story?, broadcast in January 2011, for the same channel.

Charlie is a popular and entertaining public speaker, having lectured at the Royal Geographical Society, sold out the Edinburgh Festival and spoken at numerous events and festivals with venues for his solo appearances ranging from a sold out Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to the Toller Porcorum Village Hall in Dorset.

He has sung Blue Moon of Kentucky live on Uzbek national television with the country's biggest pop star, is an official ambassador for a breakaway Lithuanian republic, was once hounded by the UK national press after being falsely accused of intending to invade Rockall, was presented with an honorary team shirt with his name on by the Liechtenstein national football team and has been chased across the Great Plain by Hungarian gangsters. They thought he was someone else, but fortunately he didn't notice until they were arrested.

Charlie was born and raised in London. He now lives in Dublin.

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There is something about the way he reacts to fellow devotees around the globe that warms the heart (SUNDAY TMES)

A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of an icon and his legacy. Ladie and gentlemen, Elvis may have left the building, but his soul lives on. Thank you and goodnight! (EXPRESS)

Once again, Connelly is as eminently affable, agreeable guide (DAILY MAIL)

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* From the bestselling author of ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING comes the first travel audiobook to examine the global appeal of the King of Rock'n'Roll

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the Elvis devotee 18 April 2010
More than thirty years after his death Elvis Presley is as popular has he ever been. I know from personal experience that many people are still fanatically devoted to him, because a few years ago I had a letter printed in my local newspaper in which I had the temerity to criticise him; at one point the reaction got so bad that I thought I might have to get police protection.

In this book Charlie Connelly travels the globe trying to find out why Elvis's appeal is still so strong after all this time. To do this he travels to the places that were important locations in Elvis's life. As Elvis was not a well travelled man most are in America - Tupelo, where he was born and grew up, Memphis, where he lived for most of his life, Hawaii, where he made some of his most memorable performances and also a place he loved and Las Vegas, the city most people associate with the later, cat-suit wearing Elvis. In an attempt to get to know Elvis better, in each of these places Connelly visits the places that Elvis visited and talks to people that knew Elvis. On the lighter side, whilst in Hawaii he even unsuccessfully attempts the buy a shirt similar to one once worn by Elvis.

Connelly also travels to Germany, where Elvis was stationed whilst he was in the army, Canada, the only nation where Elvis performed outside the USA and to the small town in Scotland from where Elvis could trace back his families roots.

Some of his other travels are a little more offbeat. He meets, for example, a man who sings Elvis's songs in Latin and the Jewish Elvis impersonator who performs under the name of Schmelvis.

As with all Charlie Connelly books, this is an extremely pleasing read, being both informative and humorous. I had delayed reading it simply because I do not like Elvis's music, but this turned out to be irrelevant as whilst it will have greater appeal to his fans, non Elvis lovers will enjoy it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Elvis 6 Mar 2009
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I'm only three chapters into Charlie Connelly's IN SEARCH OF ELVIS, but already it is promising to be as fantastic a read as his other books (I've previously read Attenttion All Shipping and And Did Those Feet. His books are intelligent, humorous and informative and I like them very much. I hope to read lots more by him and can't recommend him strongly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved it! 20 April 2014
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What a fun book and so well written, mind you I am a bit of a Charlie Connelly fan and have all of his books. Would certainly recommend this book even though you may not be an Elvis fan, which I'm not,it's such a good and interesting read.
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