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Not here to defend himself!
on 12 February 2009
I have read several books about Elvis' life. This was an interesting book, however, I felt it concentrated far too much on the bad side of Elvis. It gives the impression that he spent around 99% of his life either spaced out on drugs, petulantly demanding his own way or shooting at people/objects. I don't doubt for a moment that Elvis took a massive amount of drugs, especially towards the end of his life, however I would have liked a more balanced view of his life apart from the continual emphasis on this seamy side. Surely during all these years of interviews the author must have been told stories about happy family times or really good times on the road. Whenever the three said Elvis was kind, loving or good it was quickly countered with bad. Was he really so nasty about all these other artists - The Beatles, Tom Jones or was some of it tongue-in-cheek? - I'd like to think so. Even the stories of Elvis' mother seem to portray her mostly in a bad light. The three men professed to have loved him very dearly and wanted to tell the truth - well what about a balanced truth, the good as well as the bad.