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That's Alright, Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis's First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore Paperback – Aug 1997


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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Books (Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825672341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825672347
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,518,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the King''s death, this book contains an account of Elvis Presley''s early years in the music business. The author was a friend of Elvis, and was his original manager.'

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb 1999
Format: Paperback
Scotty Moore is one of the unsung heroes of rock 'n roll and his writing style reflects his playing style- simple, precise and to the point. In a humble, matter-of-fact style, guitarist Moore recounts his experiences with the King in an eminently readable and interesting way. I have read many Elvis books and this is one of my favorites. After reading it, you just wished you could bump into Scotty sometime, buy him a beer and talk the night away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on 15 July 2008
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Scotty Moore, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Elvis Presley - they were never acknowledged as the first Rock n Roll band but that is what they were - they were the first to play music using the format of rock we know today ie drums, rhythm, bass and electric guitar. And they made magic together. This book is an honest potrayal by Scotty of the beginnings of rock n roll and is told in an humble, unassuming manner. I really wish as I think most music lovers do - that Elvis had regrouped with these guys from time to time - not only for the fantastic music that would have evolved from such a meeting but also because they would have given him encouragment and inspiration when he needed it most - I loved this book as Scotty takes us through those Elvis days with Elvis and I would love Scotty to do a follow up with more of the personal touch that give us an insight into who Elvis really was - it is only through books by DJ,Scotty and a select few others that we really get the truth about Elvis the man. A note for Scotty if he should ever read this review - thank you for the music Scotty - we owe you a great debt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Bibb on 15 May 2006
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Scotty Moore is a guitar legend and this book tells the humble beginnings of the man and 1st manager of Elvis.

It is well written and gives you a insight into how Rn'R emerged and how often people were ripped off especially by the Colonel.

Sad that he earned rather little from Elvis and how he survived to tell this tale.Very humble in his tale(no bragging)and no bitterness.Hence the title,'Thats alright,Elvis.'

Very good read and will read again at a latter date.5stars
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By Sandra D on 4 Nov 2014
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Good book. Good service.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, simple tale of a world-class musician and Elvis 9 Feb 1999
By tresar@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Scotty Moore is one of the unsung heroes of rock 'n roll and his writing style reflects his playing style- simple, precise and to the point. In a humble, matter-of-fact style, guitarist Moore recounts his experiences with the King in an eminently readable and interesting way. I have read many Elvis books and this is one of my favorites. After reading it, you just wished you could bump into Scotty sometime, buy him a beer and talk the night away.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Required reading even if you're not an Elvis fan 12 Feb 2004
By p. silverman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although not a technical genius, or a flambouyant showman, Scotty Moore is the first Rock and Roll guitar hero. He can be considered a discoverer, an inventor. He provided support, on and off stage, to a musical phenomenon, Elvis Presley. They both found a way of making three instruments and a vocal sound big. His riffs and syncopations inspired millions. Too bad he didn't make...millions.
His story is told in a warmly engaging way, filled with panorama; and not once does a bitter tone prevail.
As Elvis progressed, it seems that he (along with the powers that be) decided that Scotty's licks were not sophisticated enough, so Moore apparently was an occasional studio player after 1961. It's interesting that Big El summoned Scotty for his crucial TV Special - the word "Comeback" came shortly after December 3rd, 1968.
It's facinating to read about Mr. Bill Black, Elvis' first bassist. Black was another instinctual musician, limited but perfectly attuned to the new art form. He died a young man, but found a way onto the charts with the Bill Black Combo and strong instrumental workouts. He died in 1965 and it's too bad that Elvis did not mention his name on the TV Special section where he demonstrated how they got the big sound with just three guys.
I do not enjoy the storytelling in the second person: it would have been much more effective to have Scotty's words up-front throughout. Just like his guitar playing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A legend gets screwed 18 Jun 2007
By Jerry Peddycoart Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great, but sad book. Scotty Moore was an innovator in early rock and roll music, and a substantial contributor to the success of Elvis Presley's music. It is true that Elvis had the voice, looks, sex appeal and all that stuff to make the young girls swoon. However, it was Scotty that met with Elvis, arranged the first recording sessions, and helped form the type of music that became rock and roll. Without him, Elvis would probably have ended up a gospel singer.

As this book points out, Elvis backed out of the verbal deal between he and his band regarding the split of record royalties. He put the guys on a small weekly salary that actually led to Scotty going into debt for the privilege of playing behind Elvis.

I think anyone who enjoys early rock music should be able to enjoy this book. While the story of Scotty is told well, it never gives one the impression that he is looking for pity.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent biography 15 Oct 2003
By Diane Diekman - Published on Amazon.com
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James Dickerson did a great job of telling the story of Scotty Moore. I was as impressed with the writing as with the subject. I read this as research for the biography I'm writing about Faron Young, and I must admit to disappointment--but not surprise--at the lack of mention of him. That aside, this is a book worth reading. Scotty Moore is a man I'd like to meet.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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By Doc - Published on Amazon.com
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Really good book, I've seen Scotty on interviews and the author really connects with Scotty's personality; It puts a lot of questions to rest about Elvis and how it all got started.
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