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Elvis Day by Day Hardcover – 5 Oct 1999
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Of all the hundreds of Elvis books in print, what makes this volume genuinely indispensable is that it comes from Peter Guralnick, the best of Presley's many biographers, and Ernst Jorgensen, whose sensitive handling of the back-catalogue helped usher his music into the 21st century. Together, the pair form a partnership as fiery as rock'n'roll.
The strength of Elvis Day By Day lies in the painstaking research--based on 35 tons of material from the Colonel Tom Parker archive--which has helped them paint the most accurate and revealing picture to-date of the man they called the Memphis Flash. But far from being weighed down by their research, the authors write with a gleeful enthusiasm: "to have a single ticket for a previously undocumented 1955 show in Dermot, Arkansas... these are the kinds of discoveries you want to share in the same spirit with which they were received". The photos are fabulous too. Just look at the 18 year-old Elvis in 1953: surrounded by the stifling crew-cut conformity of the Eisenhower presidency, he already looks exotic and other-worldly. But the book's main attraction is undoubtedly its careful chronicling of the minutiae of Elvis's pioneering music (38 takes to get Hound Dog right) and his life ($39.04 spent on jewellery when he went shopping in Memphis on 19 December 1955). His death in 1977 provoked a global spasm, but Elvis Day By Day is engaging and thoroughly engrossing proof that Elvis has not, and probably never will, leave the building. --Patrick Humphries
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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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I bought the book used from Half Price Books, and it is in "like new" condition. I won't be giving it up, though!