18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 1997
Memphis Elvis Style
Cindy Hazen and Mike Freeman
A phenomenal number of books have been written about Elvis. Recently it would seem that ever more such books are being published. Some are just rehashes of the same old story; others are the recollections of a five-minute fling, being as much a flight of phantasy as a worthwhile document; a few, a very few, are really worth buying and can be returned to again and again. "Memphis Elvis Style" by Memphis residents Cindy Hazen and Mike Freeman is most definitely one of the latter. It has not been launched under a blaze of publicity, but it is nevertheless an almost indispensable addition to the Elvis library.
"Memphis Elvis Style" is, in fact, a guide book of Elvis related sites in and around Memphis. The no less than 129 sites have been cleverly organised firstly by their chronological relationship with Elvis and then further grouped by type. In addition, maps and an index help searching both in the book and in Memphis itself as simple as possible. And if this wasn't already enough, each entry contains detailed instructions on how to find its site and exactly what to expect, many buildings having been flattened or modified in the course of the years.
But the book is also for those who have never been or never will go to Memphis. Cindy and Mike have achieved this by expanding each entry with some background information and an anecdote directly relating it to Elvis. This additional information provides some excellent reading and is sometimes quite amusing - I particularly liked the story of Elvis's visit to his local McDonald's with girlfriend Linda Thompson., but there are lots more stories and Elvis lore to satisfy all readers, even those looking for information about Hi Records, car dealerships, and just about everything else associated with Elvis in Memphis.
Definitely a book to get!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2005
This book is one of the best you can read if you are a severe Elvis fan and visiting Memphis and wanting to "retrace" his steps. Mike and Cindy have written it so well and you just find yourselves wanting to go the next place. I can't think of anywhere they have missed out. A fabulous book and an absolute must for your luggage when visiting Memphis for the first or umpteenth time!
on 16 July 2012
I have just come back from Memphis. The first two days My wife and I spent with Mike doing both the 'Memphis' and 'Tupelo' tours. He is a very nice bloke who goes out of his way to make your day special. He knows his stuff, and takes you anywhere you want to go. He has the patience and manners of a saint, and a sense of humour to boot. To actually go inside Elvis apartment at Lauderdale Courts was Fantastic and we surely wouldnt of got to do that. He even owned and lived in '1034 Audubon Drive' for 8 years, which was Elvis first home he bought after making it Famous and the home before Graceland. I bought his book on day 1 from 'Sun Studios' as Mike never had any copies left, and he signed it for me on day 2. It is a Great Book, very well written and laid out and second only to doing the actual Tours wirh Mike personally. I highly recommend this Book, and Mikes Tours to all my Fellow Elvis Fans out there. Thanks again Mike for Two great days we shall never forget. God bless you.