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Arguably the most controversial Elvis book of all time, hard to read at times - but still a must for any true fan.
on 25 February 2016
This book was massively controversial when it came out. It was written by some very close insiders of the E camp, ex Memphis Mafia men turned on their King. Or at least that was how it was seen by many at the time and perhaps even today. Elvis was alive when the book came out and was said to be deeply hurt by the book. A lot of time has passed since the passing of E and I first read this book in 2014. I can understand why it was controversial at the time, but a lot of what was said has since been echoed in the countless other tell all books that have since come out. This was the first or many. So perhaps the shock value has gone now. Certainly with the early passing of E, some of the things that were in the book have since been proven correct. The authors of the book at the time said they wrote it as a wake up call for their close friend, that if he continued on the path he was on he wouldn't survive. Sadly, that proved to be the case. Now you could argue that they could have approached Elvis with their concerns instead of writing a book, that arguably added to his problems. Sonny West has since written a second book "Still taking care of business", he repeats some of the stories from this book again, but they've been toned down in the newer book, or perhaps with the passage of time his anger has subsided enough that his love for E instead shows through more.
I read this book in a couple of sittings, it's compelling stuff and will make you stop and think several times. Elvis was a flawed man, not the perfect Disney character that has been created since for the billion dollar industry around his legacy. This book pulls no punches, it's raw and hard to read in places. You'll understand the man that they knew and for anyone curious about Elvis it is a must read. It's long been out of print which is a shame, but if you can find a copy it's worth a read.