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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (15 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617038180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617038181
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scotty was the rock, sort of like the pope is the rock of the church. Knowing Elvis and Scotty the way I do, I can see why Elvis depended on him."--Jerry Schilling

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Scotty Moore began playing guitar at the age of 8, learning from friends and family. Moore is credited as pioneering the role of lead guitarist. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2011 was ranked 44th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Both Bruce Springsteen and Keith Richards count Scotty as their major influence.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Crossland on 14 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
I've played guitar in a rather average fashion since I was 18, I'm now 66 and still playing, and so is this guy I think.
A really entertaining biog' about the man who was on stage and in the studio, with Elvis P, for 3 years,
Many players of the 60s were inspired by his fiendishly tricky guitar licks.
Now I'm retired, I've actually learned to play Scotty's 'bit' on 'That's all right mamma' (bit late!)
I thought the book would be more 'technical', that he'd write more about his style, his development of those iconic guitar breaks.
Slightly disappointing in that respect, but no less, the guy had a really interesting life before meeting 'The King'.
He served in the US navy honing his playing style below deck.
But what I didn't know, was the way Tom Parker, Elvis's manager from early '56, treated Scotty Moore, and Bill Black the bass player .
He cut them out of deals, cheated them and paid scant regard to the 'sound' the 3 of them had developed.
Yes, Presley had to leave Sun records for a more powerful record label , he had to be 'managed', but the contempt 'The Colonel' showed for the musicians who were as vital as producer Sam Phillips's studio sound was unforgiveable.
Elvis and Scotty played together just once more, at the 'Comeback Show' of 1968. The friendship was still there, the licks still as sharp, and the music still as vital.
Scotty went on playing, became a much revered session guitarist, record producer and respected survivor from those rock n roll times.
The little tales of life on the road with Elvis, the screaming, the escapes from riotous stage shows and the man's warmth come over well in this book. Some good photos too'
Curl your lip, eat your 'grits' and get on down to this fascinating volume.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rockin' Ron on 26 July 2013
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This is the same book as 'That's alright Elvis' The Untold Story of Elvis' First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore
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As a long time fan of scotty moore, i was keen to read this book. It focuses mainly on the early days of gigging on the road. The bad conditions and low pay,its hard to believe he is playing with the worlds biggest star. Compared with todays mega rich rockstars, it shows how much the music business has changed. But these were the early days of rock n roll. A very good read.
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By David Fleming on 2 Aug. 2014
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Interesting to say the least
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Elvis from a different perspective 28 Jun. 2013
By A. J. Ragland - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone interested in the Sun years and what really went on in the studio, on the road, and behind the scenes, this is a must read.

Scotty paints a picture of his relationship and friendship with Elvis that, at times, is quite counter to what we have come to believe of the early Elvis. I won't go into details because that would ruin your fun of discovery. Let me just say that if G.K. and Jerry were recalling their lives with Elvis through rose-colored glasses, Scotty seems not to need any glasses at all.

I have been a huge Elvis fan since 1958, and this book does nothing to lessen my love and appreciation for what he and the Blue Moon Boys gave us. You owe it to yourselves to find out what happened on the Mystery Train.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Thanks Scotty Great Interesting Book for History Aficianoies 13 Jun. 2013
By David H. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This Book brought back a lot of memories. I have the pleasure of actually seeing Elvis, Scott and Bill on July 4 1955 at a place called Hoghes Park out of De Leon Texas. The place was actually an area in a creek bottom approx 10 miles from town. Elvis and Scotty and Bill preforemed on a flat bed truck. I remember I was stand by their cadillac when they came off the so called stage. The girls were trying to let the air out of their vehicle so they could keep Elvis and the boys around. I was awe struck and did not actually say a word although I was within 2 feet of the boys. Thanks for the enlighting memories. I an aspireing Gutarist was awed by Scotty Guitar Playing. Nothing new here. Read this book if you want to bring back the memories. Thanks Again Scotty from all of us country boys. We love you. David H. Davis
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Guitarist That Changed the World!! 4 Aug. 2013
By Linda McCandless - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read Scotty's first book,("That's
All Right, Elvis.") written in 1997, and loved it, but this one is even better! I really feel that I know Scotty even better now, and I admire Scotty so much for his talent, and for the humble, honest, really good man he is. He was truly a great friend to Elvis, and I believe that Elvis loved and respected him too. Like most Elvis fans, I am disgusted over the fact that he and Bill didn't get any royalty money from all the records that they played on. To me, this was just another example of the Colonel's lies and deceit (to Elvis ) to separate Elvis from anyone that would influence him with different ideas than the Colonel's . (he wanted to control Elvis' life, and everyone in it) (ie. Leiber & Stoller, Anita Wood, etc.) I pray that God will bless Scotty , and that this book will be a best seller!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great 9 Sept. 2013
By Bobby - Published on Amazon.com
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Honest true great I hope Scotty got rich writing these books he deserves it, thanks for telling it like it was
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
GOOD, EASY TO READ BOOK! 20 Aug. 2013
By P Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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EXCELLENT INSIDE LOOK AT THE CAREERS OF THE BLUE MOON BOYS! ELVIS, SCOTTY AND BILL. I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.
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