By Bobbie Ann Mason
A shiny, sympathetic portrait of the as soon as and destiny king of rock ?n? roll by means of the award-winning writer of Shiloh and In Country
To this clear-eyed portrait of the 1st rock ?n? roll megastar, Bobbie Ann Mason brings a novelist?s perception and the empathy of a fellow Southerner who, from the 1st time she heard his voice at the relations radio, knew that Elvis was once ?one of us.? Elvis Presley deftly braids the mythic and human features of his tale, taking pictures either the charismatic, boundary-breaking singer who reveled in his star and the soft-spoken, working-class Southern boy who was once fatally unprepared for his luck. the result's a riveting, tragic booklet that is going to the center of the yank dream.
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2003 released in Penguin Books 2007 Copyright © Bobbie Ann Mason, 2003 All rights reserved THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS CATALOGED THE HARDCOVER version AS FOLLOWS: Mason, Bobbie Ann. Elvis Presley / Bobbie Ann Mason. p. cm. —(A Penguin lifestyles) “A Lipper/Viking ebook. ” comprises bibliographical references ISBN: 978-1-1012-0138-1 1. Presley, Elvis, 1935–1977. 2. Rock musicians—United States—Biography. I. identify. II. Penguin lives sequence. ML420. P96 M34 2002 782. 42166'092—dc21 [B] 2002028873 other than within the usa, this e-book is bought topic to the that it shall now not, when it comes to exchange or differently, be lent, resold, employed out, or another way circulated with no the publisher’s previous consent in any kind of binding or disguise except that during which it really is released and with out a comparable situation together with this situation being imposed at the next consumer. The scanning, importing and distribution of this booklet through the net or through the other capability with no the permission of the writer is prohibited and punishable through legislation. Please buy in simple terms licensed digital versions, and don't perform or motivate digital piracy of copyrighted fabrics. Your help of the author’s rights is liked. To Roger Contents creation surprise Tupelo The sunlight periods growing Elvis The Colonel The Bigtime Audubon force June in July tornado Gladys Germany A Lonely teen The Beatles Hollyweird Quest The Flying Circle G “The Comeback targeted” Las Vegas Captain surprise is going to Washington misplaced the top of Lonely road Acknowledgments chosen assets Elvis Presley creation ON AUGUST sixteen, 1977, while I discovered that the King—Elvis Presley—was lifeless, i used to be touring in Nova Scotia. within the front room on the lodge the place i used to be staying, the scoop got here on television. shocked, i'll in basic terms mumble a few clichés. The bartender recalled the loss of life of the actor Audie Murphy, a battle hero of his new release. I felt faraway from domestic. even if I hadn’t proposal a lot approximately Elvis in recent years, I now sensed there has been an exceptional gap within the American cultural panorama. Elvis had regularly been there, soaring within the nationwide psyche, his lifestyles punctuating our times—his appearances at the Ed Sullivan convey, his first motion picture, the demise of his mom, the military, his marriage, the 1968 “Comeback specified. ” It appeared not possible that Elvis—just forty-two years old—was long gone. For me, Elvis is personal—as a Southerner and whatever of a neighbor. I heard Elvis from the very starting at the Memphis radio stations. many oldsters came upon Elvis’s track dangerously evocative, his routine lewd and suggestive—but whilst my kinfolk observed Elvis at the Ed Sullivan convey, making a song “Ready Teddy,” my father cried, “Boy, he’s solid! ” We have been hearing rhythm-and-blues past due at evening at the radio for years, and we instantly well-known what Elvis used to be approximately. We had heard Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup and Little Junior Parker and massive invoice Broonzy and Wynonie Harris and El-more James.