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A Vulture's Attack,
This review is from: Elvis (Paperback)
This book, which came out in 1981, served as an attempt to wipe out the good name, image and work of Elvis Presley. It failed. Goldman totally discredited Elvis in such a hateful manner that it looked personal. And that's where he went wrong. It was obvious that he was going for the big one - to destroy the legend.
Goldman, a mean-spirited ageing author, whose knowledge of music was most likely limited to - and ended at - the Foxtrot, was trying to achieve the fame he craved by bringing down The King.
An ingenious way to sell is to sometimes go against the tide and Goldman did just that - went against the mainstream and dared to speak ill of Elvis Presley at a time when all other publications were flattering essays. The main thrust of the book was to discredit Elvis, using sensationalism - and fiction - to punctuate and shock. Hatred just poured out of the book! It may have sold well and would have destroyed lesser artists but Elvis 'survived' it.
There are dozens of other books which describe Elvis' medication problems and unhealthy dietary habits, but none so despicably hateful. Sensationalism sells. It was a goldmine for Goldman and he fully exploited it.
In a radio interview around the time of the book's release, Goldman declared, when asked of his objectives, that his mission was to destroy the 'legend' status. When further asked if he thinks he has succeeded to do so with this book, he wickedly added: 'I think I have put a dent in it at least.'
The success of the sensationlistic book drove Goldman to write another blockbuster, with John Lennon being the focus of his attention now(more attacks on another legendary dead artist), but unfortunately for him he was in the middle of writing yet another scathing book, this time on the hugely talented but also-deceased Jim Morrison, when he, Goldman himself, keeled over and died - leaving behind his own terrible legacy - an unlucky 13 years after his book on Elvis came out!!
Ah well, that's life. That's how it goes - I suppose!