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Elvis: the Last 24 Hours Paperback – 1 Jan 1920
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Goldman, a mean-spirited 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. It was obvious he was going for the big one - to destroy the legend.
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' problems, but none so despicably hateful. Sensationalism sells. It was a goldmine for Goldman and he fully exploited it.
When asked of his objectives in a radio interview around the time of the book's release, Goldman declared 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 terrible and lasting legacy - an unlucky 13 years after his book on Elvis came out !
Ah well, such is life!
Its a shame that such rubbish is allowed to go to print obviously Goldman is either jealous of Elvis or Elvis stole his girl back then.
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.).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 . Read morePublished 22 months ago by Owb
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 on 19 April 2015 by SARAH
Quick delivery and the book just as detailed. Excellent thank you!Published on 3 Oct. 2014 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.