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  • Series: Faq Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617130494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617130496
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MIKE EDER is a writer specializing in the music of the fifties to the seventies. His work includes reviews and interviews for outlets such as the Washington Post and Examiner.com. An Elvis fan since age six, he has contributed to over a dozen Presley publications, most recently for the Elvis Files, Erik Lorentzen's seminal series of books and magazines. Other subjects Eder has covered include the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the First Edition. He and his wife, Debra, live in Naperville, Illinois.

Customer Reviews

What a great look at Elvis' music.
D Stock
It's a book that you don't have to read in order...starting by jumping around the book was also a pleasant reading experience.
Gary D Zenker
It's full of well researched information, verifiable facts, and several bits of trivia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil S. on May 8, 2014
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"all that's left to know"? I don't know about that but this is a fun read and a fun ride, wherher it's the sports car in "There's NO Room To Rhumba..", or the Duesenburg in "spinout", or whatever the Big El drove in "Viva Las Vegas" or "Speedway"; or the ferris wheels in "It Happened at the World's Fiar" and "roustabout".

I seriously disagree with his assessments of many film songs ("margarita" was bad? "let yourself go" was bad? "Follow that Dream" soundtrack was bad? on and on). But it's a cool set up for friendly disagreement > hey, it's Elvis Presley! He'd want us to not take *any* part of his career, too seriously.

What is particularly fascinating is the author's backstory on the three TV Specials. The '73 Special has been dissected to pieces - we all could see Elvis struggled on several tunes - but the writer (refreshingly) looks at the silver lining. what Presley *did* nail...stayed nailed! (weird syntax, but baby that is rock and roll).

What he left out? okay, let's see: no analysis of the multitudinous outtakes, alternate takes, tryouts, demos. And no examination of the 1959-1966 and 1973 home recordings. "I'm Beginning to Forget You" , "Danny Boy", and "MOna Lisa" from '59 and "You'll Never walk alone" from 1960-61 should have found a place on an l.p. or e.p., at the time(s).

A rather disturbing chapter is about the effect of drugs on his music. Disturbing (1) because even slurred speech can be a sign of weariness not pill-popping; (2) because all accounts suggest that he did use "street drugs" only on one occasion, and did not mess around with cocaine or whatever, at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron on March 3, 2014
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This is a very enjoyable read from Mike Eder. He is passionate about the music of Elvis Presley, and this comes through clearly in the book. I don't agree with him 100%, but that's okay - I like that he has his own take on things, instead of just spewing out the party line that "Elvis was great in the 50's, made a few good records in 1969, and everything else was worthless". Some of his opinions will surprise you - for example, rating the Raised on Rock album higher than Good Times or Promised Land. Even a sensitive topic like the Elvis in Concert tv special is written about with care by Mr. Eder. One thing about the FAQ series that can be a little annoying at how the timeline tends to jump back and forth. That is a fault of the series, though, not something unique to this particular book. I didn't mind the chapters on Orion or other Elvis sound-alikes. Books on the Beatles have covered similar subjects, it's part of the fun of collecting. The photos were consistent with what has been offered in other FAQ books. I didn't open this book expecting full color, coffee table-quality photos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Williams on November 1, 2013
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The author's opinions of Elvis' music catalog are interesting and for the most part right on target it seems. Naturally, I don't share them all, but this makes for an interesting read and it does have some information that makes it more colorful. I must say I'm glad I purchased the book for the information content and not for the pictures which are of horrible quality. All of them are in black and white and so dark you can hardly make them out. The ink flowed freely to a blob. Why a publisher would allow a book to go out with such poor quality photos is beyond me. It would have been better if they had left the pictures out all together. Otherwise, I'm okay with the book......three stars for the author, no stars for the publisher. I'd be ashamed to publish a book with the print quality of this one...........where was quality control!!!???.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Hollinger on November 9, 2013
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When I was in grade school, I was identified as a "blackbird". This meant I should mouth the words because I had no musical skill. While I still believe this was a cruel, unusual, and stupid method of teaching, of all things, music, that was where I got stuck, and it did stick so far as knowing how music is created and performed.
So, no matter how much I love Elvis (and Chamber Music, Jazz, etc.) I am still mentally retarded when it comes to "making" music. I did pass it in High School, where they failed Elvis, because I learned how to script music ! How stupid is that? I still knew nothing about MUSIC.

This book has given me so much pure information as to how a piece was selected, how it would be put together, then re-done, all the phases of instrumentation, choral additions or subtractions,: Detail! It explains so much about the artist putting his own life aside while creating the exact noise he wanted to hear, even though it was impossible to ignore his situation altogether. It makes me able to go back to the beginning of my very late in life discovery of this music and hear it with more understanding of what was actually happening while it was being done, and how the result was achieved.

One item I don't see, and one that I believe must be true is this: I believe Elvis wanted his voice to meld with the instruments in such a way that he was actually a part of the orchestra, trio, whatever form was being used. I think he felt he himself WAS an instrument. I also think this is why he would become so upset when Parker had his music dubbed at RCA to bring his (Elvis) voice forward, it ruined the effect he was after, and thought had achieved.

On the other hand, what do I know. I am a blackbird!
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Nice review here.
http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/10/09/books-elvis-music-faq-by-mike-eder-2013/



WE HIT NUMBER ONE! Thank you all so much for making my dreams come true!


Anyway I tried to figure out why this book is connecting.

I really think what has happened, now that I have time to think a little, is that I wrote a chapter for every kind of fan. Few will like every one of them, most will like something, or maybe the whole of it is relatable.

I had fun with it. Didn't try to get too heavy but wanted to give Elvis his fair shake as a pure artist. Not everything he did was pure, but when it was, well who was better?

It was only these things I did with it, so if people like that I tried to include all of them in some way, well I am glad.

I also do try to have fun with music. I think entertainment can make you think of course, but all in all music simply makes me feel good.

All my books or articles try to just say that. Maybe that is the connection. I was never mean. I don't find Elvis to be "shocking" in any way. Not any way that matters when he died so long ago. He messed up bad at certain points, but my point is that we all do, or all could. Elvis Presley was not an easy job, I am surprised he was so together as long as he was. I mean after a year or two I wouldn't like it at all.

http://halleonardbooksnewsroom.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/elvis-music-faq/
My official bio is

"Mike Eder is a writer and vinyl record aficionado, specializing in the music of the fifties, sixties, and seventies. His work has led to reviews and interviews for newspapers such as the Washington Post and websites such as Examiner.com. An Elvis fan since age six, he has written for over a dozen Presley publications. Other subjects Eder has covered include the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the First Edition, and the Three Stooges. Most recently he has been contributing to Erik Lorentzen's seminal series of books and magazines, the Elvis Files. He and his wife, Debra, live in Naperville, Illinois. He is available for interview."

I am currently working on the Beach Boys project "I Can Hear Music" and the official biography of The First Edition "Tell It All Brother".

To see my book being sold online and in stores is happy surreal experience.

BACK TO ELVIS

First major interview is here http://www.elvisinfonet.com/interview_mike_eder_Elvis_Music_FAQ.html

I love that site and am honored to be on it. They are the top news source in my mind.

Also a new interview with me is up and I really am happy about it. Jim Ellis did the interview and I thank him
http://elvismomentsintime.freeforums.org/our-interview-with-mike-eder-on-his-new-book-elvis-music-faq-t2994.html

This should work, I had a little trouble getting on but Jim is keeping his eye out for new members. It is a site that Rex Martin ran and even if you know him only by name ((like myself) he is worthy of being remembered in the Elvis world. All of us know more about Elvis because of him so I was really happy to do this. The interview is really interesting as far as the questions. I like this part of promotion because it makes me think. All the interviews have been terrific and I can hardly wait to do more. Not because I get to talk Mike Eder, but because I get to talk music. I like getting my name out there in any way possible of course, but I enjoy this in a number of other ways too. I guess I get to talk to everyone who reads it, and that is so fascinating if you think about it.

Hope you like it and Jim will help you get on there.

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