A very thorough and well researched book, If you're an Elvis fan, you may not want to read this because what comes through loud and clear are Elvis' insecurities. He preferred making love to young virgins so they couldn't compare his performance with another mans, he worked incredibly hard to have a 20 year old girl in bed with him, so he did not spend 1 night alone in bed, even if it meant having 5 girlfriends at the same time. Even sadder is the fact that Linda Thompson left him for David Briggs (understandable when your sleeping partner wets and soils his bed and has to have a towel wrapped around his buttocks at night.) Ginger Alden is a puzzle - she hated going on tour or staying at Graceland with him, she got a lot of cars and jewellery from him, but in the last year of his life, it is very unlikely they had a physical relationship due to Elvis' deteriorating health. Ginger may have been a vain attempt by Elvis to reclaim his youth, it backfired, because when he died - the Alden's sued Elvis' estate and made him pay the mortgage on the Alden's property. All in all, women loved Elvis, and were loyal to him - but he didn't love them back and frankly played them. He wrote tearful letters to Anita Wood from Germany asking her to wait for him and he was dating priscilla, then with Priscilla holed up in germany or graceland he enjoyed himself with Ann Margret or Linda Thompson.
I have bought all Alanna's books and enjoyed everyone, I loved (Baby Lets Play House) i could not put this book down, i was really sad when it ended, it wasn't just about elvis, it was how life started out for both his parents Gladys and Vernon. Tradgedys that happened through there lives..there are many interviews with lots of the women in elvis life, he was looking for something in my opinion he didn't find complete fulfilment in, i found him to be a sad man in the way he could never settle with just one women...i read it with a open mind like i do most books but found this book to be the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth..and know other book will come close to it.
I've always been an Elvis Fan, dont listen to much of his stuff these days. I'm still reading this book and find myself feeling really sorry for Priscilla, I cant understand why he married her in the first place as he was never faithfull to her or any other woman he went with. You get the same impression from other Books about Elvis, he must have been very insecure. I did wonder how he got away with taking so many 14 year olds into his bedroom, totally against the law and nobody in the press has ever asked questions. Sign of the times I guess. But must say the book is a good read, sometimes amusing.
I could not put this book down. It cover's Elvis time on the road, the girls he met and dated (for a time) and his escapades whilst with them. Many of the girls tell their own stories. I have never read a book like this one, a real eye opener. Another book by Alana Nash is " Elvis and the Memphis Mafia" and a book by Richard A Lertzman "Dr Feelgood" I think covers all you want to know about Elvis.
Portrays Elvis as a bit of a user; its well known he loved the ladies however, if we mentioned every single wink or kiss we've had (as this book does) we would all come across sounding loose! An interesting book, if not a lot unfair on Elvis.
Excellent read, showed as Elvis once put it," the image is one thing and the human being is another", this book definitely shows the human side of someone so famous and what happens when you become addicted to substances and a side of life that has many pitfalls and the weaknesses it leads to. Still regard him and a wonderful entertainer.