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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever book about the king
This book is a masterpiece and a must for everyone even non Elvis fans.It gives an in depth into the man good and bad. The most fantastic Elvis book I have ever read. I have read most of them,but I keep reading this one over and over again.Some Elvis fans may not beleive what they read because he is not portrayed as an idol, being put on a pedestal, but a ordinary genuine...
Published on 26 Feb 2003 by MRS PAULINE HUGHES

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not here to defend himself!
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,...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever book about the king, 26 Feb 2003
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MRS PAULINE HUGHES (Longton, Staffs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia (Paperback)
This book is a masterpiece and a must for everyone even non Elvis fans.It gives an in depth into the man good and bad. The most fantastic Elvis book I have ever read. I have read most of them,but I keep reading this one over and over again.Some Elvis fans may not beleive what they read because he is not portrayed as an idol, being put on a pedestal, but a ordinary genuine human being with faults like all of us. This book shows the unhappiness that he endured and the true insite into his life through the life of his truest,closest friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!, 7 Oct 2005
This book is absolutely unputdownable. Although there is an excess of Elvis books out there, there are really just a handful that combine a superb read with the reality. This one hits the nail on the head. It will have you laughing and crying at the same time - it is loaded with both hilarity and tragedy from these three first hand up-close experiences of this complex and fabulous life. I am reaching the end and don't want it to stop. The honesty and affection that comes through these voices is incredible. I urge you to buy it - Elvis fan or not! Excellent.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good readin' tonight, 3 Oct 2005
This is an unusually honest Elvis biography which manages to treat his memory fondly and sympathetically but which is not afraid to delve into the darker side of his life and background either. Pieced together from the memories of some of his closest friends, there is a seam of humour running through the book as they recall extraordinary incidents from Elvis's life (and even from his family's life before he was born) with a deadpan matter-of-factness. It is also intriguing and sometimes amusing to read three different takes of the same event. I don't suppose anyone will ever manage to encapsulate the complete Elvis, with all his complexities and contradictions, in one single book but I have read several biographies now and this one, above all the others, makes you feel like you've done more than just scratch the surface. So all in all I'd definitely recommend the book as readable, enlightening and an important addition to the Elvis canon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good readin' tonight, 3 Oct 2005
This is an unusually honest Elvis biography which manages to treat his memory fondly and sympathetically but which is not afraid to delve into the darker side of his life and background either. Hewn together from the memories of some of his best friends, there is a seam of humour running through the book as they recall extraordinary incidents from Elvis's life (and even from his family's life before he was born) with a deadpan matter-of-factness. It is also intriguing and sometimes amusing to read three different takes of the same event. I don't suppose anyone will ever manage to encapsulate the complete Elvis, with all his complexities and contradictions, in one single book but I have read several biographies now and this one, above all the others, makes you feel like you've done more than just scratch the surface. So all in all I'd definitely recommend the book as readable, enlightening and an important addition to the Elvis canon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ring of Truth, 10 Mar 2013
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Mountains of words have been and still will be written about Elvis...these 'feel' like they are from the horses mouth. I guess as ever the interview style quotes will be from subjective reality, but the overall impression is that their experiences of who Elvis really was, and the major events of his private life and backstage career, pretty much matched. It paints a picture of a man, talented but undereducated from a vicious, greedy, violent blue collar American family of the 1950s. Obsessed with wealth and fame, Presley's father was a weak loser, his mother built him into a monstrous narcissist in order to live in his reflected glory. Elvis never matured, he had no morals or ethics whatsoever and treated other people as objects. He literally ruined lives. It is one of the monumental ironies of recent human civilisation that we elevate the Ability over the Person, every time, if anyone has any doubts about how toxic and fake 'celebrity' life is, and how high the price for all that money fame and power really is, I recommend this book. Really well written, the framework narrative is not exaggerated or overplayed, I was completely gripped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis who?, 2 April 2009
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This review is from: Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia (Paperback)
I'm not an Elvis fan, but I bought the book anyway. 750 pages of biography of a singer I don't like. But what a book! The narrative takes you right into the heart of the world of an ordinary and imperfect man trying to keep up with an extraordinary life. It just works so well. If you are reading this, you should buy this book. If only all biographies were made this way....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, 25 Aug 2007
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Can't believe I am saying this but this is a "Bodyguard" book that is well worth reading. Although it tells of Elvis' not so nice side it is done in such a way that you see Elvis as a whole person both good and bad. It is written without bitterness but maybe with some regret that you can only appreciate with the gift of hindsight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars accuracy of book content, 4 Sep 2011
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When reading this account the account was very descriptic and eye opening for me as an Elvis fan. There where sections which I found to be uncomfortable, however the author I feel wanted to ensure that her account was truful. Which is sometimes difficult.
Overall very well wriiten and complied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis and the Memphis Mafia, 10 April 2010
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This is a big Thank You to Mrs.Allana Nash for an amazing and detailed insight into very complicated and troubled life of Elvis Presley. This is from somebody who have never either read anything about Elvis, or saw him on TV. And yes, I have possibly lived on different planet. Nevertheless, after reading this amazing book, which must have taken unbelievable dedication and professionalism to research, I have finally seen a couple of DVD's and have to admit, that as a musician who respected his fans and extremely handsome man, he won me over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Glories and the tribulations..., 15 Dec 2014
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Such a fabulous read of an amazing, shocking and tragic story, and most probably the closest we'll get to the overall true picture of the very man himself. It is finely crafted and executed by our friend, Alanna as she captures the glories and tribulations through the perspectives of Billy, Marty and Lamar - three of the man's closest friends (1 of them family) who were very much a part of "The Memphis Mafia".
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