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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600781497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600781490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"No one loved Elvis more than Sonny West. He was a true and loyal friend to Elvis and he did what he could to protect and advise him. Sonny's book reveals some of the saddest parts of Elvis's life that a lot of us suspected but didn't want to accept. If only Elvis had listened to his friend, perhaps he would be with us today. It truly shows us how hard it was to be The King." -- Lee Majors

"Among all of Elvis Presley's close associates, no one tells stories that are more entertaining than Sonny West. He can mesmerize audiences for hours with his Elvis tidbits. Likewise, I have followed Marshall Terrill's budding career as a biographer and he is quickly heading straight to the top. West and Terrill. If this were the New York Yankees, you'd be thinking Ruth and Gehrig or Mantle and Maris. Powerful!" -- Bill E. Burk, Publisher, Elvis World magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business is one of the most authentic portraits ever written about one of the greatest American entertainers. It is a balanced, respectful, and insightful look at Elvis's last two decades written by Sonny West, a true Presley insider and charter member of the infamous Memphis Mafia.

West, who worked and played with Presley from 1960 until the year before Elvis's death in 1977, was there for it all. Many books about Presley are written by third parties who never even met the man. Not this book. West was like a brother to Elvis, and has great insight into one of the most beloved, yet complex, figures of the 20th century. Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business is a roller-coaster ride that follows Presley's personal and professional ups and downs, his mercurial temper, his generous spirit, and his tragic decline. Sonny West had a front-row seat for it all, and now so will anyone who reads this book. Included are stories and photographs that have never been published before! A special section on former Memphis Mafia members called "Where Are They Now?" brings fans up-to-date on the lives of Elvis' closest confidants. West also answers some tough questions from fans in a special appendix. Presented in an entirely different tone from West's first book, Elvis: What Happened?, this is a loving, fun, and poignant book that is sure to enthrall Elvis Presley fans around the globe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This reads to me like the second episode of..
J. Robertson
I hope to meet Sonny West to thank him for setting the record straight about his love and friendship with Elvis.
Nancy R. Bazajou
I really hope any Elvis fan buys and reads this book.
Stacey Shields

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By J. Robertson on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was giving Sonny the benefit of the doubt that this would be an improvement on the last book. I am trying to be forgiving about the first betrayal but, it is difficult. This reads to me like the second episode of..Elvis, What happened. By now, Sonny should know better. His cousin, Red West, has done the respectful thing and kept his mouth shut. I believe Red regrets the first book and really loved his friend, Elvis. I don't feel the same way about Sonny.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Turton on September 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Must be ole Sonny's running outta money and feels the need for another handout from the man he took advantage of many, many times - Elvis.
His collaborative effort with Cousin Red "Elvis What Happened?" was hatched as payback to an employer (Elvis) who had been more than tolerant with Red and Sonny's antics. Their bullying of Elvis fans and resultant law suits led to their dismissal nothing else.
Sonny and Red were as guilty as anyone else in ignoring the fatal reliance of prescription drugs that led to Elvis' demise - becuase they loved the fame and fortune!
If you want to read a truly honest account of the life of Elvis Presley, read Peter Guralnick's masterpieces, "Last Train To Memphis" and 'Careless Love".
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gary Spence on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I went into this book unbiased as an Elvis fan keeping an opening mind.
But after having read the book I simply cannot recommend this book in good conscience considering the way you threw Elvis under the bus with your previous book.

Sorry all I could think of while I was reading is what Joe Esposito said in his book Elvis Straight Up. Sonny I am not trying to be mean but the fact is who are the fans to trust? You or Joe Esposito?

The fact is that you have a consistent track record for being disloyal and disrespectful to Elvis.

The fact is Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, George Klein, Sam Thompson are all still welcome at Graceland why aren't you?

If you want to get on the good side of the fans you should reach out to the fans the way Joe does with his partner Daniel Lombardy in their Celebrate Elvis or Jerry Schilling does by going on the cruise with the fans. As they say you must first earn the trust and respect. In your case you might have to spend the rest of your life making up for your past, but it is a small price to pay if you want to correct your past.

Conclusion save your money for the Elvis is still alive movie Sonny is coming out with this year.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ed Williams on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The answer? No one. And even though he disparaged him in "Elvis: What Happened?," and even though he continues that trend in this bleak volume, the bottom line is that Sonny keeps his association with Elvis front and center. Why? I would guess that its because his dead friend continues to feed his family, a reality that should remind all of us just what exactly we're dealing with here.

What galls me most is that I recently saw Sonny at a Big Elvis show out in Las Vegas. All he could do was talk reverently about the King, and at that point it hit me. This man has no pride, and the only difference in what he and a hooker does is minimal, there's really no difference at all. Pass this book up and let Mr. West survive in some fashion other than riding the coattails of the King!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hollywood Writer on September 14, 2010
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I purchased this book thinking that the author might be atoning for his previous sin of "Elvis, What Happened?" My mistake. It's nothing more than a re-hash of stories from that book and others, told from his warped point of view.

There's nothing new here, apart from an updated barrage of badmouthing.

This no good bloodsucking leech badmouths (among others) Elvis, his loyal fans, Priscilla, Vernon, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, George Klein, his previous co-writer Steve Dunleavy and even Lisa Marie!

What a shame that a guy who lived off of Elvis' generosity for years, accepted places to live, paid expenses, gifts of cash and countless cars, would continue this assault. I am by no means in denial that Elvis had problems, but to continue raking the goodness of his name and spirit through the mud (for profit) is obscene.

The book is also rife with factual errors and typos. Plus, you can also guarantee that any of the words over two syllables were contributed by his co-author. Some of the passages seem incredibly out of place and must have been written by someone else.

Sonny relishes the beat downs he has given "bullies" over the years. It's too bad no one has taken him outside and taught him a lesson for the bullying he has done to Elvis' memory in print and on camera.

Don't waste your time and money on this character assassin.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Judith C. Umstead on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was so disappointed with this book. I thought for sure it was going to be different from his last. In a way it was, this one was somewhat less hostile. I just think that Mr. West is trying once again to make money off of his association with Elvis. I just can't refer to him as a friend to Elvis, because friends like this who needs enemies. Mr. West would be of retirement age and I think he was just looking to make his retirement a little more secure and what better way than for him to once again live off of Elvis. I wonder where Mr. West would be today if he had not ever known Elvis. I'm sure his life would have been far less interesting and glamorous. If only he could have been a more sincere and honest friend like Joe Esposito, George Klein, Jerry Schilling and so many more. I think we can all tell the real truth about Elvis just by the so many true and wonderful friends and the legions and legions of fans he has today and he continues to create even more fans and many of them were not even born when Elvis passed away. I think we can safely say that Elvis will be remembered and loved for many generations to come and in the not too distant future people will be saying, 'Sonny who? Oh that guy that took advantage of Elvis in life as well as after he died.' Sorry Mr. West you lack credibility. Go away and please stop trying to make a buck off of Elvis.
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