Elvis Paperback – 25 Nov 1982
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Elvis is a sad account of what the excesses of fame and fortune ...
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.).
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
revolting peice of rubbish writen by someone who obviously hates Elvis and is looking to destroy his name
Its a shame that such rubbish is allowed to go to print obviously... Read more
At time of release it would have been tremendously shocking. Now however we live in enlightened times and the veil over celebrity is somewhat transparent. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SARAH
Quick delivery and the book just as detailed. Excellent thank you!Published 23 months ago by Julie Stewart
surprising how well quoted and referenced this book is. A lot of people could take offence at the authors dislike of presley - fair enough - but it was the first well researched... Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2014 by darren morefield
One of the worst books ever written on ELVIS.Full of lies & complete & utter trash.Published on 31 July 2014 by N. Martin
Goldman's bad reputation precedes him, but this is an absorbing work.
Not really worth five stars, but I think the overall score needs levelling.