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Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself Mass Market Paperback – January, 1986

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This witty, nostalgic account of Grizzard's attempt to survive in a changing world is for anyone feeling caught between two generations. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books> C/o Little Br (January 1986)
  • ISBN-10: 0446340995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446340991
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Fowler VINE VOICE on May 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For some reason this book's subtitle isn't included here at Amazon: "Elvis is Dead, and I don't Feel So Good Myself". Like many southerners of his generation, Lewis Grizzard grew up as a democrat, surrounded by democrats. Why? Well because Abraham Lincoln had been a Republican, of course, and there are still Southerners who are sore about the Civil War, but they're generally the kind of people who are sore about most things. Grizzard's fellow southerners were mostly bible-thumping conservatives and this book examines changes that began to occur in Grizzard's thinking - such as the realization that his political ideology was REALLY more in concert with the Republicans. Similarly, he had grown up in the 50s and 60s thinking that he was a rock and roll rebel and relishing the rhythms of Elvis and Carl Perkins - but as he grew up he recognized that his musical tastes were now more along the lines of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard than what was passing for "rock and roll" 15 years ago.
Lewis doesn't apologize for his views - and in America he shouldn't have to - and if his opinions offend you I'm sorry someone held a gun to your head and made you read his book! But if you can get over any eagerness to be offended I think you'll find Lewis Grizzard an observant and funny chronicler of the human condition.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The man who said this was whine'n outloud, never understood Gizzard and never will. This book is one of his best works. The style in which he roles off his stories, each with their own twisted view is unique only to Gizzard. I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
This is my favorite. Grizzard is closer to my parents generation than mine, but I can relate to this book. I especially love his commentary on country music. I'm sad to see that this book is out of print, but I would highly recommend it to everyone. Another Grizzard book that every fan should read is "My Papa Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun." It is a very touching story of Grizzard's father written with great love and understanding. It would probably suprise some people that Grizzard can write with such feeling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By By CJs Pirate on January 31, 2015
Format: Paperback
Lewis Grizzard was fighting off the Grim Reaper yet again when he wrote this book. It's not for the faint of heart or wussies. Grizzard speaks from his embattled heart.

If you're from the South you'll understand him immediately. If you're a transplant it might take you a spell. If you're a Northerner, it's likely you may walk away scratching your head. I'm not saying this to be man because I was a Northerner transplanted to the south for 30+ years and yet returned North. I get Grizzard. I know folks and have friends just like him which makes me feel good about my choice of friends.

None of this is meant to be taken badly. It's a book. It's humorous. It's a humorous book. Lighten up and laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Persnicketty on November 14, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Some of the reviews make me wonder whether we're talking about the same book. I found parts of it laugh-out-loud so hard that you roll-off-the-sofa funny. I'm a feminist, a Democrat, and I like both Elvis music (especially his ballads) AND the country-western music that came in with Willie Nelson. It's been decades since I read the book, but it made a real impact on my memory and my funny bone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Miller on July 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lewis Grizzard is sorely missed by those of us that refuse to take life to seriously. It's a book for baby boomers to enjoy and lol.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2014
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One of Lewis Grizzard's best books. I've enjoyed it immensely. so sad that Lewis has already passed from this veil of tears. Would have loved to have spoken with him. This book is what I first read by Lewis in the late 80's or early 90's.
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By C. A. Provine on May 13, 2014
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This is classic Grizzard. The reader will laugh and at times maybe shed a tear, and remember the way things used to be.
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