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Being Elvis: A Lonely Life by [Connolly, Ray]
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Elvis was a spark of light that lit up the dark room of our adolescence (Paul McCartney, about BEING ELVIS)

Elvis changed the world triumphantly and his own world tragically, living and dying the American Dream, never knowing how it had happened. Ray Connolly does (Tim Rice)

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The intimate yet unsparing biography of the world's first and most iconic rock star.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8784 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (3 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F44ODZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There were only two reviews when I purchased the book via Amazon, one positive and one very negative from an anonymous reviewer and it made me think twice before I bought it. Thank goodness I ignored the poor review, clearly whoever did this had never read the book – it is brilliant, easy to read, interesting, informative and as you would expect from the guy who wrote the script to one of my favourite films “That’ll be the Day” beautifully written. Pure heart searching magic from Ray Connolly about a guy we all owe so much too, who we think we know but knew so little!
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Read this book if you remember his immediate impact on the music world.
Read it if you grew up listening to your parents records of Elvis.
Read it if you occasionally caught and appreciated one of his songs on a music programme.
No-one who heard him sing has ever forgotten Elvis Presley , but we didn`t know him or know of the loneliness and fragility which affected his life.
Ray Connolly has brought us closer to understanding him and the reason for his tragic early death.
Thank you Ray.
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I read this after reading Ray Connolly' s book about the Beatles which I thought was superb . If anything this one about Elvis Presley is probably better . It is insightful , informative and very well written . I would recommend it very highly indeed .
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Reading the first chapter, I thought at last here was someone who had met Elvis and could write something about him that the readers wouldn't have known before. Unfortunately, I was wrong! I could have written this myself just by reading any material written about Elvis. Very disappointing.
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enjoyed this book, lots of good information of his records, very interesting details of his life from a small child, if you love Elvis, buy this book.
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This is a great book about Elvis. In 318 pages, Ray Connolly has written a book for everyone, for anyone who liked Elvis’s music and wanted to know more about the man.
Of course, it’s a very sad life. We may not be surprised to hear that fame and money don’t bring happiness, but here we really begin to understand the loneliness of the star, imprisoned by his own fame, supporting his family and a huge entourage, increasingly dependent on prescription medicine and, in his later years, forced to keep touring in part to sustain his manager ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker’s gambling habit. Parker so seldom had Elvis or his music at heart. Why, we might wonder, was this King pushed around so much by his manager? Why did he keep making those silly movies? Why did he really think that he would not be remembered? Here, Connolly comes closer than most biographies to understanding his character and his solitary life.
As comedian Jackie Gleason said to the star when Elvis was starting out: ‘Don’t hide. Walk the streets, go to restaurants, but don’t hide. Because, if you do, you’re going to be the loneliest guy in the world.’ Alas, Elvis didn’t – perhaps he couldn’t – take Gleason’s advice. John Lennon understood the situation. As he told the author, ‘It was murder for us as Beatles at the height of the hysteria. But there were four of us to share it. Elvis was on his own. There was only him. It must have been impossible.’
Here is a balanced and authoritative biography of Elvis, telling a story you thought you knew, but realise in reading that there was so much more to understand about the man.
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The arc of Elvis Presley's story - from poor, semi-literate Southern boy to the most famous man in the world to pitiful, drugged-up death - has always had a fictional feeling, as if nothing so strange and terrible could actually have happened in real life. Ray Connolly brings a new dimension to this familiar story, through the creative sensibility of a novelist and the eye of a screenwriter. Sad, tragic, boy-man Elvis lives in the pages of this book as he has never lived since his death - a gorgeously talented being hopelessly lost in the tawdry, shallow, sexually infantile culture of twentieth century America. Weasels ripped his flesh.
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Ray Connolly's book 'Being Elvis-a lonely life', is brilliant compelling reading and gives a wonderful historical description of Elvis from his early beginnings to his tragic end. Ray's research has obviously been very detailed and he is able to tell Elvis's story with great truth and authority.To Elvis fans, this book is a rich, exciting adventure and when read to a background of Elvis songs provides hours of compulsive reading.

The illustrations bring further reality to the narrative, and I particularly liked the final notes of what happened to the main characters, especially those still living.One can only wonder in puzzlement about the svengali hold over Elvis of Colonel Parker. The mystery being how he was able to have such and exclusive power over him. Elvis may still have been alive today if the greed of Parker hadn't urged him on to such excesses of film's, recordings and appearances which clearly stifled the real quality of life which he might have had.

For those too young to have seen and heard him live,.this book is important because it shows how a huge change in the music of his day, has influenced everyone since.
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