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Ain't No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely (Book and CD) Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Dust-to-Digital; Hard Cover First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981734227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981734224
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's sanctified singing like Ely's that we hear echoes of in Elvis and Little Richard, in James Brown and especially in Jerry Lee Lewis ... Most musicians were merely called by fame, by the Opry. Brother Claude Ely had been called by God." -- Dana Jennings, New York Times Editor

"Amazing hardcover book and CD package ... Authored by Brother Claude Ely's nephew, Macel Ely II, the bio is supplemented by 290 photos along with a CD featuring rare and electrifying recordings of Pentecostal worship services in the mountains of KY and VA accompanied by a fiery sermon by Brother Claude Ely." - Boomkat Product Review


"A wonderful new biography ... For anyone interested in the history of recorded music, this is an essential document ... Ely sang about religion with the fiery zeal that early rock & rollers applied ... Ain't No Grave rescues one of the classic country performers from undeserved obscurity." - New York Observer

"Doubles as an unofficial history of the Appalachian region and peoples. Beautifully produced... Johnny Cash would have loved it, Elvis Presley would have treasured it, and Ray Charles would have read it in Braille." -The Observer's Very Short List

About the Author

MACEL ELY II, author of Ain't No Grave: The Life & Legacy of Brother Claude Ely is the great nephew to Reverend Claude Ely. An ordained minister himself, Macel's professional experience is quite diverse. He presently serves as Training Specialist for the State of Tennessee's Institute for Public Service. Ely's job consists of facilitating training for Tennessee's governmental managers and executive leadership. Prior to coming to his current position, Macel served as Homeland Security Coordinator for the Center for Homeland Security Training. His duties included assisting in the development of a state-wide training for law enforcement and other city officials. Macel is a licensed private investigator and a member of the Tennessee Private Investigation Association. He serves as an adjunct professor and serves as a board of director for Barnabas Ministries International and the East Tennessee chapter of the American Society for Public Administrators. Macel has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Lee University and Kentucky Wesleyan College along with a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Tennessee. Before coming to work for the Institute for Public Service, Macel also worked as a school administrator in Kentucky and a news reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Jamie, reside in Maryville, Tennessee.

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MACEL ELY II, author of "Ain't No Grave: The Life & Legacy of Brother Claude Ely," is the great nephew to Reverend Claude Ely. An ordained minister himself, Macel's professional experience is quite diverse. He presently serves as Training Specialist for the State of Tennessee's Institute for Public Service. Ely's job consists of facilitating training for Tennessee's governmental managers and executive leadership. Prior to coming to his current position, Macel served as Homeland Security Coordinator for the Center for Homeland Security Training. His duties included assisting in the development of a state-wide training for law enforcement and other city officials.

Macel is a licensed private investigator and a member of the Tennessee Private Investigation Association. He serves as an adjunct professor and serves as a board of director for Barnabas Ministries International and the East Tennessee chapter of the American Society for Public Administrators. Macel has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Lee University and Kentucky Wesleyan College along with a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Tennessee. Before coming to work for the Institute for Public Service, Macel also worked as a school administrator in Kentucky and a news reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

He and his wife, Jamie, reside in Maryville, Tennessee.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. E. McCroskey on April 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is over 300 pages of stories, songs, and anecdotes chronicling the life of Brother Claude Ely, a Pentecostal-Holiness preacher from the Appalachian Mountains whose music influenced the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and many others. The book is written by Brother Ely's great nephew, Macel Ely II. It is an oral history collected through numerous interviews, illustrated with many photos. It includes a CD of wonderful recordings of Brother Ely's sermons and songs, including his most famous "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down". The book is a fascinating look at life in the poor coal-mining regions of Appalachia and the mountain people, the religion, and the music that made up Brother Claude Ely's world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history and religion of the Appalachian region and its people, or the influence of Brother Ely's gospel music on the rock 'n roll of Elvis Presley and his contemporaries.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Moon on March 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I recently read this book and really enjoyed it. I was interested in learning something about Appalachian music and ended up captivated by the story of how one man inspired so many people. Brother Claude Ely was a unique individual; a pentecostal minister who was also a recording artist. It was apparent to me from the stories told by the people who knew Brother Ely that he was well respected and loved. Also that he had truly helped to better the lives of a lot of people. Love the stories about Elvis!!!! I also enjoyed learning about the pentecostal religion and what life is like in Appalachia. A little bit of music, a little bit of history, a little bit of religion...this book has it all! I highly recommend this book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Tackett on December 30, 2012
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Great book about a great man! Thick book, lots of information. Powerful story! I would reccommend it to anyone who loves inspirational reading.
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