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Elvis and the Memphis Mafia by [Nash, Alanna]
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'Gripping' -- Daily Express

'The best Elvis book written to date' -- Uncut

About the Author

Alanna Nash is also ‘responsible for the best Elvis book to date (Uncut magazine): Elvis Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia.  A feature writer for the New York Times, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2221 KB
  • Print Length: 820 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845137590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845137595
  • ASIN: B007IVLDXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This book is a masterpiece and a must for everyone even non Elvis fans.It gives an in depth into the man good and bad. The most fantastic Elvis book I have ever read. I have read most of them,but I keep reading this one over and over again.Some Elvis fans may not beleive what they read because he is not portrayed as an idol, being put on a pedestal, but a ordinary genuine human being with faults like all of us. This book shows the unhappiness that he endured and the true insite into his life through the life of his truest,closest friends.
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This is an unusually honest Elvis biography which manages to treat his memory fondly and sympathetically but which is not afraid to delve into the darker side of his life and background either. Pieced together from the memories of some of his closest friends, there is a seam of humour running through the book as they recall extraordinary incidents from Elvis's life (and even from his family's life before he was born) with a deadpan matter-of-factness. It is also intriguing and sometimes amusing to read three different takes of the same event. I don't suppose anyone will ever manage to encapsulate the complete Elvis, with all his complexities and contradictions, in one single book but I have read several biographies now and this one, above all the others, makes you feel like you've done more than just scratch the surface. So all in all I'd definitely recommend the book as readable, enlightening and an important addition to the Elvis canon.
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This book is absolutely unputdownable. Although there is an excess of Elvis books out there, there are really just a handful that combine a superb read with the reality. This one hits the nail on the head. It will have you laughing and crying at the same time - it is loaded with both hilarity and tragedy from these three first hand up-close experiences of this complex and fabulous life. I am reaching the end and don't want it to stop. The honesty and affection that comes through these voices is incredible. I urge you to buy it - Elvis fan or not! Excellent.
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I'm not an Elvis fan, but I bought the book anyway. 750 pages of biography of a singer I don't like. But what a book! The narrative takes you right into the heart of the world of an ordinary and imperfect man trying to keep up with an extraordinary life. It just works so well. If you are reading this, you should buy this book. If only all biographies were made this way....
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Mountains of words have been and still will be written about Elvis...these 'feel' like they are from the horses mouth. I guess as ever the interview style quotes will be from subjective reality, but the overall impression is that their experiences of who Elvis really was, and the major events of his private life and backstage career, pretty much matched. It paints a picture of a man, talented but undereducated from a vicious, greedy, violent blue collar American family of the 1950s. Obsessed with wealth and fame, Presley's father was a weak loser, his mother built him into a monstrous narcissist in order to live in his reflected glory. Elvis never matured, he had no morals or ethics whatsoever and treated other people as objects. He literally ruined lives. It is one of the monumental ironies of recent human civilisation that we elevate the Ability over the Person, every time, if anyone has any doubts about how toxic and fake 'celebrity' life is, and how high the price for all that money fame and power really is, I recommend this book. Really well written, the framework narrative is not exaggerated or overplayed, I was completely gripped.
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At nearly 800 pages this is the most compulsive Elvis book I have read.

I roughly knew the story before that there was a dark side to Elvis. Having read another book by 3 men who lived with him through it all, ('ELVIS What Happened' by Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler).

Most of this information about Elvis didn't get out at the time because the boys (the 'Memphis Mafia') did a pretty good job to keep the rumours to a minimum.

This book is brilliant, it is also a shocking haunting picture of the King of Rock'n'Roll. For a man with so much talent he had a lot of problems, and with so much stuff inside him, he was so whacked out on drugs. His health was in a bad state, and he was so torn up physically and emotionally.

Even from what I knew already, I was still shocked by this book, Presley certainly didn't do things in half measures ! From a dirt-poor kid to one of the biggest stars in the world, it is a tragic story how he got so screwed up. Maybe he would have kept some direction if his mother had lived longer (?)

I am still a big fan,
and this book, although shocking, doesn't change that.
I am still a fan of his music, right from the first Elvis Presley record I ever bought, Good Luck Charm. There can't be many Elvis songs I haven't got today.

And now as the Memphis Mafia tell their stories, this is a very revealing account by Lamar Fike, Billy Smith and Marty Lacker. A book that was very difficult to put down, and ultimately very sad.
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Can't believe I am saying this but this is a "Bodyguard" book that is well worth reading. Although it tells of Elvis' not so nice side it is done in such a way that you see Elvis as a whole person both good and bad. It is written without bitterness but maybe with some regret that you can only appreciate with the gift of hindsight.
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