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Guralnick & Jorgensen are the Kings of detailing Elvis,
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This review is from: Elvis Day by Day (Hardcover)
From Elvis' foremost biographer, Peter Guralnick, author of the best-selling two-volume biography, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, and Ernst Jorgensen, the premier archivist and reissue producer of Elvis' recorded work, comes a unique chronicle of Elvis Presley's life and music. Granted unprecedented access to hundreds of thousands of photos, documents, letters, artifacts, and memorabilia by Elvis Presley Enterprises (it pays to be liked by Pricilla), Guralnick and Jorgensen present the King in greater personal detail than most authors. Elvis Day by Day is a complete account of Elvis' public, private, rare, forgotten, and renowned moments, captured with such detail and immediacy they read like diary entries in a life--from his first steps to the first time the young "hillbilly cat" stepped on stage; from the creation of a revolutionary new sound to the last days of a universally known, tragically misunderstood, drug dependent, and emotionally depressed entertainer.
The book contains more than three hundred color and black-and-white photographs and features such hitherto unknown details of Elvis' childhood in Tupelo as a father's touching postcards from prison and the family's backbreaking struggle to make ends meet. It includes Elvis' first work application at eighteen in which he describes his leisure-time activities as "sing[ing], playing ball, working on car, going to movies." At last, the complete story of how Elvis met his legendary manager, Colonel Tom Parker, is revealed in detail, and long-debated mysteries like Elvis's famous lost tryout for the Arthur Godfrey show are finally put to rest. In addition, the authors have provided a reference guide to every recording session, record release, song hit, movie, and live performance (including a number of shows not previously documented)--clearing up in the process many misconceptions and misunderstandings about Elvis' life.
All the facts are here--from Elvis's unlikely visit with President Nixon in 1970 to his spontaneous articulation of patriotism and pride in a 1957 telegram to a marine private (coincidentally named Nixon). Within these facts lies the great American tragedy of the twentieth century: a poor boy who rises out of poverty to become the best known entertainer in the world only to slip into a world of boredom, depression, insecurity, drug abuse and, ultimately, death by age 42.
From private moments to public milestones, this is a complete and an accurate chronology of Elvis' life, in a form that offers accessibility to Elvis expert and casual reader alike. Elvis Day by Day will become a piece of American musical history, bringing the life and times of Elvis Presley into dazzling focus.
For those of you who cannot wait until the September 1999 release, order P.J. Pierce's: Ultimate Elvis-Day by Day at this web sight. It, too, is a must for Elvis fans who crave details about the King's daily existence.
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