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Elvis Paperback – 25 Nov 1982

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 Nov. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140059652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140059656
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elvis


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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It had so much potential to be the oft-misquoted "Definitive" or "Ultimate" Presley biog. of its time, but Goldman let himself and his narrative down by allowing his own opinionated short-comings 'poison' the 'plot'. However, his findings through his research in some cases were quite revelatory, even though the amount of people interviewed is somewhat dubious. It is undoubtedly an entertaining read, and Goldman exercised his skill as quite a good fiction writer in parts of the story which called for a reenactment of those situations not generally regarded as factual. In some instances, while Goldman was preoccupied with trying to debunk the 'Elvis myths', he actually manufactured several of his very own 'Elvis myths' in the process! Nevertheless, you may want to consult this tome for future reference concerning the origins of Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker - it's quite valid in that respect. However, in general, you may find it difficult to get past Goldman's considerable dislike not only of Elvis, but also of the genre of Rock 'n' Roll music along with his disliking for the majority of people from the Southern regions of the United States. Incidentally, Goldman was a racist. Throughout his life and career, Elvis Presley had many friends and colleagues such as Fats Domino, Roy Hamilton, Jackie Wilson, Sammy Davis jr., Muhammad Ali, and The Sweet Inspirations: Fact.
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Goldman makes his hatred for Elvis apparent throughout this 'book'. It is more a character assassination than a detailed study of Elvis's last 24 hours. I saw the book through to the end and I found this book to be in the worst possible taste. Goldman had issues!!
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Best book i have read about the legendary entertainier,albert goldman has written a very detailed and imformative book ,that will shock and disturb many of elvis`s fans .i believe most of what is written in this book.
Elvis is a sad account of what the excesses of fame and fortune ...
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This is a very informative account of the rich and action packed life of a genius and legend .It isn't the scathing assassination that most would have you believe.Goldman does give credit to the fusion of styles and stage presence that Elvis made his own.It is a very well written and entertaining if at times eclectic comprehensive anthology of anecdotes and opinions of the great mans life.Would recommend to anyone sick of reverential biographies and like to read about their stars warts and all.Elvis comes across as a weak and flawed eccentric at times but a genius all the same.The most scathing prose is reserved for that Leviathan of Shylockian proportions Colonel Tom Parker,who drained the creative juices out of the king like a giant leech.Get it and see what all the hype and fuss was all about.
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I read this book, being already aware of all the best press it had received from Elvis fans. With this in mind, I expected an unmitigated hatchet job. But, no, this is not the case. Goldman actually has many positive and complementary things to say about Elvis along the way.

If Elvis's life towards his demise has turned into something sordid and embarrassing, then whose fault is that ? Not that I myself am criticising Elvis's morality, as I feel that, towards the end, Elvis was trapped in a life which no longer brought him any pleasure - only boredom and pain. In those circumstances, he consciously gave up and coasted to a knowing death. It's sad. But then again, Elvis should have known how to defend himself and how to shake off the Colonel - whatever the cost. Unfortunately, because of the isolation of his closed social circle, he was unable to reach out to a real professional, who could have kicked the Colonel's butt back into the carnival tent, where it came from, and where it belonged.

Believe it or not, I am a huge Elvis fan. But I have to call a spade, a spade. This is not The Little House on the Prairie, and to pretend otherwise is to ignore the valuable lessons from Elvis's life - the man who had everything and, yet, happiness - by and large - eluded him. I find it disturbing that his other fans cannot be so objective and, in that, I see how humans can develop the cult of personality and follow the object of their doting towards a final apocalypse - if so led (Jim Jones, Adolph Hitler, etc.).
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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.
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