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on 25 August 2007
Nothing new but ok for a light read. The book is written from a friends perception of how he remembers past history, no nastiness or bitterness, enjoyable reading.
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on 5 November 2009
Jerry Schilling can easily be considered one of Presley's most loyal and trusted friends.

Before meeting Elvis, Jerry was like any other obsessed fan. His dreams were exceeded when he met and was later hired by Presley. The book tells the whole story from Jerry's earliest recollection of first hearing of Elvis Presley through to working and partying with him, almost to the end. You will learn about the good times as well as the frustrations. Jerry was there and witnessed it all.

If you are already well read on Elvis, much of the stories told in this book will sound familiar or even repetitively boring. To the uninitiated or the new fan, Jerry's book is a revelation without the sensationalism found in other "friends' books.
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on 12 October 2006
This is one of the best books I have ever read on Elvis. It is great to have a 'fly on the wall' view of life with Elvis by someone who was actually there and who accompanied him on his journey. It is better still to read something that isn't sensationalised in order to generate sales. So many books have been written by people who never met Elvis and who make assumptions as to his thoughts and feelings whereas Jerry Schilling gives a personal view of Elvis and the amazing life he led. A truly great read!
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on 12 April 2014
Wonderful story of Elvis , I couldn't put the book down ! Even if your not an Elvis fan I would definitely recommend this book.
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on 31 July 2008
Good addition to the bookshelf of Elvis fans, but as much as Elvis was a true legend, the phenomena has been a little over-done. This book does, however, offer a slightly different view on life with Elvis.

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on 3 May 2007
I really wanted to like this book. I've read many Elvis tomes over the years and Jerry Schilling always comes across as one of the more intelligent of the Memphis Mafia. But oh dear. This is a rigid bore. Nothing new at all. It's all been said before. No new pictures, no new stories, nothing. But then, all that's going to be said about Elvis has been said in the 30 years since his death.

Jerry paints a rosy picture. Okay, he hints at Elvis's drug-taking over the years but only just. I think Jerry waited too long to tell his story and it shows. Jerry should have written more about himself; about his time with the Beach Boys and Billy Joel (which is only just hinted at in this book).

Sorry Jerry, this was definitely not worth waiting for. A bore to the core.
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on 29 October 2014
Jerry Schilling's biography about his lifelong friendship with iconic rock singer Elvis Presley is an enjoyable read. It is clear from the first page that this was not going to be another derogatory account of the biggest star of the century but a telling of how proud the sensitive narrator has felt to be in the great man's company and how much he misses him today. Elvis comes across in this enjoyable book as a flawed but a very likable human being. The amount of respect that Jerry has for Elvis, Elvis' family and friends (and the usually reviled Colonel Tom Parker) is shown in this biography is a breath of fresh air from the tabloid material written about this exceptionally important pioneer.
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on 12 March 2015
Jerry Schilling writes with real grace and love and dignity about his friend Elvis in this book. Starting off as the twelve year old in awe of the older boy (Elvis) at a football game, it gathers pace and the reader can see how these two young men's affection for each other develops into more of an equal, reciprocal , honest and loving friendship. All the adventures of their halcyon youth as young men about town in Memphis and California, the film sets, the girls, the cars, the motorcycles, the concerts and the difficulties and pressures of life on the road in the 70's are written about with real heart and one can picture it all in their head as one read it. Jerry was very lucky to have such a friend in Elvis but Elvis was also lucky to have a friend like Jerry, who's sheer, intrinsic decency, grit and independent spirit shines through. We know already how remarkable Elvis was but Jerry comes through also as a pretty interesting guy and the reader can see why Elvis had so much respect for him.
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on 23 December 2013
At last the book Elvis fans have been waiting for. Jerry Schilling writes with compassion about his friend who just happened to be the most famous entertainer on the planet. Read this book if you want to find out about the real Elvis. If you want scandal look elsewhere. The best Elvis book I have read.
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on 29 August 2010
An essential read for any Elvis fan; Mister Schilling`s exceptional biography of the king of rock and roll is insightful, entertaining, touching and impossible to put down.
Schilling`s sincerity and humble nature comes across on every page. The anacdotes contained within provide an invaluable insight into the personal and private side of history`s most sigmificant recording artist. Not once does the author come across as self-aggrandising, nor does he try to inflate the importance of his involvement in Elvis` life (unlike so many other books on the subject by other authors).
Mister Schilling`s account of his friendship with Elvis Presley has yet to be bested and, barring the release of a second volume, is unlikely to be usurped any time soon.
Thank you Jerry, thank you very much...
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