Good Reading Tonight,
This review is from: Rough Guide to Elvis (Mini Rough Guides) (Paperback)
This is a remarkably good book, modestly released under the mini Rough Guides imprint, but don't let the dinky format put you off. Covering every aspect of Elvis's life and art this packs an incredible amount of information into its just under 500 small but perfectly formed pages.
There is a fascinating survey of Elvis's recorded output, including handy, and vigorously opinionated, reviews of every album released in El's lifetime as well as the pick of the (plentiful) posthumous releases. Another section takes a more in-depth look at the 50 most important and essential songs of Elvis's career. There is a comprehensive, and amusing, chapter on the movies which actually makes one want to check them (well, some of them) out again. Further sections cover Elvis's influences, Elvis as icon and other weird and fascinating bits of miscellanea.
Throughout the book there's loads of photos and additional sidebars covering aspects of the world of Elvis that there was not enough space for in the main text. On top of this the whole package is beautifully designed and laid out, and let us not forget that it is also handily portable (for those of us who feel nude without a book to hand at all times).
In an age when an increasing number of rubbish books about popular culture are being churned out, it's always a treat to come across a hidden treasure like this little jewel. If you're an Elvis fan, and if you've got ears then how can you not be, then I would say that this book is essential, on a par with Guralnick's biography and Jorgensen's Life in Music.