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Play Like Elvis: How British Musicians Bought the American Dream [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Duane Eddy , Mo Foster , Mark Cunningham
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd (9 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860742858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860742859
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Old musos - you've got to get a copy! 25 Mar 2004
If you were or are still are a musician from the early days, this book is a must. Mo has taken anecdotes from great British players from the 50's onwards and shown how we share a common heritage in blisters and blown-up amps. This book also exposes the poor quality of the instruments that we could afford and the blissful ignorance of the technical side that we all shared. The book contains hundreds of tales from the stage and studio from people that have become household names.
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By J. McCarraher TOP 500 REVIEWER
For those not familiar with Mo's work, he was probably the greatest and most prolific session bassist of our era - there will be SOMETHING in your record collection he has featured on.

Mo is as skilled at telling a story as he is at handling a bass guitar. This book charts his own adventures but also tells the story of the electric guitar through his own eyes and through the eyes of his contemporaries.

It is a lovely read, very humourous and gently satisfying as books go.

Look out for his new book on 50 years of rock guitar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Play like Elvis 17 Dec 2009
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The book is cheap enough but people should be aware that it is IDENTICAL to another book called "17 Watts?" by the same author.
Having greatly enjoyed "17 Watts?" I checked Amazon for other books by the same author. Amazon presented "Play like Elvis" as a totally separate book so I bought it ......for the second time it seems! The format, title & cover picture is totally different so unless you are told, you wouldn't know any better...until it arrives.
Notwistanding this, the contents are very amusing & informative. However, although much dearer, the hardback "17 Watts?" is immensly superior to the cheap paperback "Play like Elvis" as regards photo quality, printing & paper quality.
I recommend you save up and buy the good one and don't get caught like I did.
CAVEAT EMPTOR !!!
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A friend lent me his copy & I took it on holiday. I could hardly put it down! Anyone around 50-ish age group will identify with everything in this book - like one amplifier for the whole band to go thru & singing into a grundig tape recorder mike! Very funny - brought back a lot of memories of the 60s. It's quite reassuring to think all my heroes had to suffer the same problems I did - from The Shadows to Gary Moore right up to the session scene in the 70s. Anyone who plays an instrument or has an interest in rock & pop needs to read this book about those pioneering days of shoving wires into a socket with matchsticks or even using a light socket for ALL the band's mains! Scary!! Just buy it - you'll be glad you did! I read my mate's book & now I've bought my own to share around my musician friends. Compulsive reading!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware ! 16 Mar 2011
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"Play Like Elvis" is exactly the same book as "17 Watts". I only found this out in some amazing tiny and virtually unreadable small print on the inside of the first page - the smallest print in the books by a phenomenal margin. You work it out.

The sub-title of "Play Like Elvis" is "How British Musicians Bought The American Dream". The sub-title of "17 Watts" is "The Birth of British Rock Guitar", which of course indicates an entirely different book. But apart from the titles and forewords, both paperbacks are exactly the same book - same text page for page and same paper quality.

Basically, I'm another mug who bought both books. In my opinion this is simply a cynical and dishonest marketing ploy on the part of Sanctuary Publishing to sell the same book twice. I consider it to be a con trick. Sadly, I must now avoid buying any more books by Mo Foster in case the same book is published again under yet another title.....

The "book" is largely based on interviews.
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