Elvis and the Memphis Mafia

Author: Alanna Nash

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 1845137590

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 850

View: 9715

A monumental oral biography filled with raucous joy, aching loss and terrible poignancy, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia is the first book to capture the King – the man and the phenomenon – in his full complexity. Through revealing interviews with three of Elvis’s closest friends, who were also his protectors and rescuers, Nash achieves the first true mapping of Elvis’s psyche. Billy Smith – Elvis’s first cousin and the person he reputedly loved most after his own mother – Marty Lacker – best man at his wedding and foreman of the ‘Memphis Mafia’, the King’s handpicked group of gatekeepers and confidants – and Lamar Fike – the touring crew member who accompanied him into the Army – were with Elvis from his teens to his final days and provide unique access to the greatest of all rock and roll legends. The revelations cut through every aspect of Elvis’s life, from the childhood seeds of his drug dependency, through his fear for his mother’s life and his plan to change his identity, to his bizarre self-mutilation. No one who reads this symphonic blending of three proud, ribald, sad and ultimately wistful voices can fail to be profoundly moved.

All the King's Horses

Author: Kimberly Gatto,Victoria Racimo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621576175

Category: Pets

Page: 256

View: 2022

When Elvis Presley decided he wanted to buy a horse in 1966, he didn't want just any horse. "He wanted a Golden Palomino," Priscilla Presley remembers. "He would get up at 3:00 in the morning, go to certain farms and ranches and say, 'Do you have a Golden Palomino for sale?' People would say, 'That was Elvis Presley!" Elvis's legendary love of horses drove him to find the Golden Palomino who would become his beloved companion Rising Sun, and to fill Graceland's stables and Circle G Ranch with horses for family and friends to ride. In the first-ever book dedicated to Elvis's equestrian side, horse lovers Kimberly Gatto and Victoria Racimo share rare stories, interviews, and photographs that shed light on the beautiful, quiet life the King lived when he was with his horses.

Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2017

Author: Harris M. Lentz III

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476670323

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 447

View: 9789

"A one-stop resource summarizing the deaths of all major individuals in the fields of television, film cartoons, theater music and popular literature throughout the world. Each obituary is well written and concise...a great resource...recommended"--Choice "A solid reference work that deserves inclusion in all public libraries. Recommended"--ARBA "An absolute must...indispensible...informative, thorough, and interesting...most highly recommended"--Examiner.com "Indispensable reference sources for obit information"--Classic Images "Magnificent research tools...invaluable...value packed with data, and written in an engaging, interesting manner that never becomes dull and statistical"--James L. Neibaur, writer. The entertainment world lost many notable talents in 2017, including iconic character actor Harry Dean Stanton, comedians Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory, country singer Glen Campbell, playwright Sam Shepard and actor-singer Jim Nabors. Obituaries of actors, filmmakers, musicians, producers, dancers, composers, writers, animals and others associated with the performing arts who died in 2017 are included. Date, place and cause of death are provided for each, along with a career recap and a photograph. Filmographies are given for film and television performers.

The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing

Author: Marc Smirnoff

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610752992

Category: Music

Page: 421

View: 2462

Not only have a breathtaking array of musical giants come from the South—think Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Rodgers, to name just obvious examples—but so have a breathtaking array of American music genres. From blues to rock & roll to jazz to country to bluegrass—and areas in between—it all started in the American South. Since its debut in 1996, The Oxford American's more-or-less annual Southern Music Issue has become legendary for its passionate and wide-ranging approach to music and for working with some of America's greatest writers. These writers—from Peter Guralnick to Nick Tosches to Susan Straight to William Gay—probe the lives and legacies of Southern musicians you may or may not yet be familiar with, but whom you'll love being introduced, or reintroduced, to. In one creative, fresh way or another, these writers also uncover the essence of music—and why music has such power over us. To celebrate ten years of Southern music issues, most of which are sold-out or very hard to find, the fifty-five essays collected in this dynamic, wide-ranging, and vast anthology appeal to both music fans and fans of great writing.


Author: Susan Elias,Gerard Donnelly

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1098069625

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 150

View: 6279

This book features exclusive interviews with Elvis Presley tribute artists who have performed at the annual Elvis Festival held at Lake George, New York. Some artists are from the local upstate New York area, while others come from as far away as England, Australia, Canada, and many locations throughout the United States. Each artist tells a personal story about why they love performing the music of Elvis Presley. In doing so, each singer reveals their knowledge about the story of Elvis's life, appreciation for his contributions to popular culture, and why it is important to share the music with future generations. 19

Resting Places of the Rich & Famous

Author: Freya Hardy

Publisher: RW Press

ISBN: 190928405X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 120

View: 7449

Contents Introduction Fred Astaire Ludwig Van Beethoven John Belushi Marc Bolan Karen Carpenter Kurt Cobain Judy Garland Michael Jackson Bruce Lee Jim Morrison Diana, Princess of Wales Elvis Presley Marilyn Monroe Resting Places of the Rich & Famous explores the bizarre history of tombstone tourism, from greats like Beethoven or Fred Astaire, to royalty like Diana Princess of Wales; a woman whose untimely death inspired mass grief on a scale never before seen. Each article provides a brief overview of the life of the star in question, as well as a more in-depth exploration of the circumstances surrounding his or her death. It will give details of the funeral arrangements and any strange requests that were made by, or on behalf of, the deceased. It will look at the grave site itself and the wackiest ways in which fans have chosen to show their appreciation over the years. But really this is a book about celebrity, the adulation that comes with it and the damage it can do.

Elvis Presley, Reluctant Rebel

Author: Glen Jeansonne,David Luhrssen,Dan Sokolovic

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313359040

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

View: 6919

This fresh interpretation explains how an untutored musician changed music while at the same time playing an inadvertent role in the youth rebellion that has shaped the Baby Boomer generation into the 21st century. * Photographs * A bibliography