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Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him Paperback – November 2, 2010
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“In this astounding look at the King’s unstoppable pursuit of women from his elementary school days until his untimely death at 42, hundreds of girls and women pass through the revolving doors of Elvis’ love life.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
“An exhaustive and penetrating work that functions as an intimate personal profile, a family study and a psychosexual investigation of one of the 20th century’s true cultural icons.” (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
“A major new contribution to Presley lore...[Alanna Nash’s] focus on Presley’s relationships with women takes us on a long and often fascinating journey...It’s a welcome and well-crafted addition to our understanding of his strange, triumphant and tragic life.” (The Globe and Mail)
“The most comprehensive work ever on how the women in Presley’s life…influenced him and his music.” (New York Newsday)
“Alanna Nash…turns her eye toward The King’s other women in a psychological history ...Among those who loved him tender - Ann-Margret and Cybill Shepherd. Those who turned him down include Cher and Karen Carpenter. And of course, there’s plenty on the No. 1 woman in his life - Mom Gladys Presley.” (New York Post)
“A frank and fascinating portrait of an essentially lonely man...[told] with grace and intelligence...The work of a master.” (Louisville Courier Journal)
“New girls slip between [Elvis’] satin sheets on nearly every page...Combine that with an absorbing snapshot section, and [Baby, Let’s Play House] will leave you all shook up.” (BettyConfidential.com)
“If anything, Baby, Let’s Play House heightens the heartbreaking aspects of Presley’s life.” (Los Angeles Times)
“By far the best study of Elvis Presley I have read. ‘The King’ emerges more clearly from this mosaic of his troubled love life than from any linear biography to date.Impressively researched, written--and felt.” (Philip Norman, New York Times bestselling author of John Lennon and Shout!)
“Alanna Nash meticulously documents and explores all the relationships Elvis had with women that were ‘extremely special,’ as Ann-Margret so delightfully (and euphemistically) phrases it. I was delighted to see my stepmother, June Carter, make an appearance, as she always became uncharacteristically silent when Elvis’ name came up in conversation. Nash belongs in the pantheon of great music writers, and this book is a fascinating study (Rosanne Cash)
“What’s left to say about Elvis? Plenty, if Alanna Nash is on the case. She rips the satin sheets right off the King, resulting in the most entertaining Elvis book ever. Ann-Margret! Raquel Welch! Barbara Eden! Tura Satana! This is very funny book.” (Jimmy McDonough, New York Times bestselling author of Shakey: Neil Young's Biography)
“Deliciously gossipy but never mean, revealingly intimate but never leering, Baby, Let’s Play House is a masterwork of psycho-sexual history neatly disguised as celebrity journalism.” (David Hajdu, author of Positively 4th Street, music critic for The New Republic, and professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism David Hajdu, author of Positively 4th Street, music critic for The New Republic, and professor at Co)
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Top Customer Reviews
Ultimately, she has the benefit of much research and multiple interviews to pull from, and she does so freely. Unfortunately, she consistently returns to a single psychologist for repetitive views on Elvis's "twinless twin" obsession as a motivator/syndrome throughout his life. No doubt the Jessie Garon connection had an effect, but this book pushes it into every area of Elvis's psyche, and it's too much. Same with his connection to Gladys: every woman was his mother, etc. I find that simple and dismissive, but it doesn't detract from the overall presentation of material here. Given the state of book publishing these days, Nash had to find a "hook" upon which to build this book, so she has chosen to focus on his relationships with women as a backdrop to his life story. I have no problem with that; in fact, she does it rather well.
The downside for me was that, while there are numerous areas which explore a different side of Elvis the person, the book simply reiterates the age-old and, for my money, erroneous ideas regarding his career in the 1960s: the movies were all stupid, the music was terrible, Elvis hated doing them, he could have been a great actor, etc.Read more ›
Just when I thought I'd read every conceivable approach to, and dissection of, the essence of Elvis (and I've read well over two hundred of them), Nash's new book brings a refreshing and enlightening angle to an already crowded field of writings about the King of Rock & Roll. It's a book that presents, in exquisite and well-researched detail, a view of Elvis from the many lives and loves of the women lucky enough to have shared a very private part of his life.
Unlike many of the dry and lifeless portraits already written about Elvis, this book grabbed me and kept me spellbound as I turned each page, never failing to hold my attention as it methodically transitions nicely from one girlfriend's account to the next; all this while, at the same time, enlightening the reader as to the very complex relationship between these women and Elvis, Gladys, and his stillborn twin, Jessie.
I thought I knew about every girl he dated from the numerous books I've read, but I learned so much more from this one. Another nice touch is the selection of pictures used throughout, some of which I'd never seen, making it easy to pair the names with the faces.
I was particularly struck by the easy, straightforward way the author has pulled so many complex stories of the intimate, while at the same time revealing, accounts of the women and their insights into those lucky enough to have loved (and made love to) Elvis Presley - the mingling of the "plain jane" types interspersed with some of the world's greatest beauties. This book details them all and does it in such an entertaining way that you'll find it hard to put down once you've started reading it.
I'd rate this book more than five stars if I could. Don't miss it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much. Such a sad story which most of us know. My personal belief is that his mother was the root of all of of his sexual problems. Read morePublished 11 days ago by kay henn
Very interesting, thoroughly researched and congruent. I was really impressed with the psychological theories that supported EP's behavioral choices.Published 1 month ago by Karen Labat
I really enjoyed the book up until the author seems to blame Ginger for Elvis's death. Ginger has been nothing but a perfect Southern lady. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryana
This was a fascinatingly excellent read! I am a HUGE Elvis fan and was looking for something new to read about him since I have only read one book on him before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E.M.S.
Excellent researched book on the guy we all loved. A lot of behind the scene stories, some good, some not so good. All in all, highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by nancy drew
I have only just received my copy but already I can't put it down. The history of Gladys really puts Elvis' life in perspective. Very well written. Highly recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Mrs C E Mallaby
I just finished Alanna Nash's magnificent work "Baby, Let's Play House" and it's probably the single best book on Elvis ever written. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cartoonland