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Raised on Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!: A Look Back at the Good Times [Paperback]

Sandi Haynes Pichon , Thorne Peters , Kathy Westmoreland (Foreword)
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23 July 2004
Like millions of first-generation Rock & Roll teens, Sandi Haynes Pichon, Author, Columnist & President of TCB ELVIS STYLE Fan Club in Louisiana, was Raised on ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! In between the time she sat with him on his motorcycle at his Audubon Drive home until the day she stood weeping by his coffin inside Graceland, Sandi was front row and center for ELVIS concerts all over the country. As a pre-teen in Memphis, she was there to witness a regional attraction which become a national obsession; she devoted years of her adult life to being part of his global audience, and has since dedicated herself to charities that pay homage to his iconic memory. Through several chance meetings with ELVIS himself and friendships with his inner circle Sandi was close enough to feel for the wonderful man that was living in the shadow of his awesome reputation. They exchanged gifts and kisses across the footlights and she was invited to the parties after the shows and even to Graceland Mansion. "I was so fortunate to have been able to have such meaningful contact with the most beloved entertainer ever," Sandi relates. "I always knew that I was there for the millions who wished they were, so this story belongs to all the fans, who have loved him, turned their rooms into shrines to him, and stood by him for all these years." So now enjoy this pictorial novella of a time and place where a man changed the world one heart at a time.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publishing Ltd, Essex (23 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904444237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904444237
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,827,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fantastic! What a refreshing breathe of air amongst the polluted deluge of rubbish us mere Elvis fans have had to endure since his passing. This is one for the fans and for those who remember Elvis the man and not Elvis the Creation! An age of innocence that is captured with true love and respect. Your secret diary of a treasured time revealed after all these years. Thanks for letting us sneak a look. Well done Sandi, Elvis would be touched --Fergus Moriarty, Star of West End shows - 'Elvis the Musical' and 'Rock n' Roll Heaven'

Every so often an Elvis book comes along that captures the essence of who he was and what he meant to his fans. Sandi Pichon's new book, "Raised on Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!", is such a book. Without the usual 'glitz & glamour' approach found in so many 'tell-all' books, Sandi relates, simply and in fascinating detail, her amazing journey - from a twelve-year-old admiring fan with the courage to approach her dream idol at his house, to a seasoned, matured veteran of many concerts in the seventies. And what a journey it was! Saving her money regularly so she and her friends could attend numerous shows across the country, she became a fixture in the front row, a devoted fan that Elvis came to count on seeing almost nightly. It even got to the point where he would ask where she had been if she missed a show or two. He also became accustomed to receiving personal gifts from her while on stage, gifts that came from her heart, paid for with her hard-earned money. One of many reasons why she came to be one of his favorite fans. Eventually being invited into the "inner circle" of Elvis and his entourage, she shares the thrill of what it was like to attend the 'after-show' parties and getting to know those around Elvis in a personal way. Her book, loaded with personal and intimate photos, takes the reader into the exciting world she was privileged to share. Very few fans can brag about not just a single kiss from Elvis, but numerous kisses of affection over several years, kisses given on stage from a world class entertainer to his devoted and beloved fan. Sandi is one of those who can. And the story that goes along with it provides a fascinating reading experience. --Jim Cox, Author of Author of 'Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers'

After reading Sandi Pichon s book, RAISED ON ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS, I was left feeling I knew another side of Elvis. One that I didn t know before as my relationship with him was from the inside. She gave me a whole different perspective of him that I had not known. Her words of him were warm, loving and she more than gives you the feeling of what it was like for her to not only be around him, but to watch and love him from afar also. The love and feelings that Elvis had for his fans and friends is evident through-out Sandi s book and I think she speaks for a lot of fans that will identify with her and the stories she shares though-out her book. Those of us around Elvis got to know Sandi very well and she was highly thought of and a wonderful warm lady. I really enjoyed the book! --Sonny West, Elvis's Close Personal Friend and Bodyguard

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Like millions of first-generation Rock & Roll teens, Sandi Haynes Pichon, Author, Columnist & President of TCB ELVIS STYLE Fan Club in Louisiana, was Raised on ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! In between the time she sat with him on his motorcycle at his Audubon Drive home until the day she stood weeping by his coffin inside Graceland, Sandi was front row and center for ELVIS concerts all over the country. As a pre-teen in Memphis, she was there to witness a regional attraction which become a national obsession; she devoted years of her adult life to being part of his global audience, and has since dedicated herself to charities that pay homage to his iconic memory. Through several chance meetings with ELVIS himself and friendships with his inner circle Sandi was close enough to feel for the wonderful man that was living in the shadow of his awesome reputation. They exchanged gifts and kisses across the footlights and she was invited to the parties after the shows and even to Graceland Mansion. "I was so fortunate to have been able to have such meaningful contact with the most beloved entertainer ever," Sandi relates. "I always knew that I was there for the millions who wished they were, so this story belongs to all the fans, who have loved him, turned their rooms into shrines to him, and stood by him for all these years." So now enjoy this pictorial novella of a time and place where a man changed the world one heart at a time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a loving fan!! 1 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed your book sandi, i felt i was in the book with you till the end..you truly cared about elvis feelings and his ill health at the end. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories..

Jeanette...from England x
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOR ELVIS FANS 3 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book about devoted Elvis fans is a must for all those who really follow Elvis. It is a rather amazing story of being included in the inner circle with Elvis and his "MEMPHIS MAFIA". I do recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the memories 20 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
I have just finished my book by Sandi and I have to say, I was so delighted to read it. I was so sad to see the book end. It made me, a fan or 30 years that was only 8 when he died, feel like I had walked this journey with her. The book makes alot of things come to life for me. If any of you are die hard Elvis fans, you will get so much from this book. Through a fans eyes, you will feel like you are right there. You will laugh and cry all at the same time. This book was written with so much life and passion. You can feel it in every page. I would recommend this book to anyone that is an Elvis fan. You sure did an awesome job on this Sandi.
Thanks to you from the bottom of my heart for letting us fans share your memories, that I know are so dear to your heart. Elvis would be proud.

Dora Malone
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