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Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend. Hardcover – July 6, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743456033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743456036
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this slim illustrated volume, icon biographer Keogh (Audrey Style; Jackie Style) presents an homage to Elvis from a unique perspective, explaining how his inimitable style-not just the way he dressed, but also the way he spoke and behaved-influenced the music and the sensibilities of Americans unlike anyone before or after him. He was "the original Slim Shady," Keogh writes; "his appearance on Ed Sullivan ripped the 1950s in half." "Before Elvis, there was nothing," John Lennon said. Keough breaks down the Pelvis’s life into chronological chapters, from Elvis’s early days in Memphis through his last days at Graceland. Keough highlights major milestones as well as small, personal anecdotes, and includes essays such as "Elvis’ closet," which recounts his style choices. ("Things the King Never Wore-Baseball caps, Dockers, golf shirts, boxer shorts with funny patterns, rep ties, clogs, a Snugli, Earth shoes, a fanny pack, you get the idea.") And she gives an especially moving account of the early relationship between the singer and his 14-year-old love, Priscilla Beaulieu. Appealing though uninspired photographs of Elvis at moments of celebrity and privacy round out this intimate portrait of a man who was larger than life.
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From Booklist

Keogh freshens up a musty biographical perennial by making Elvis' style--his manners, grooming, clothes, interior design choices, and preferences in consumer goods--the leitmotif of an otherwise breezy overview. Her bottom line is that Elvis was cool, cooler than any other man of the twentieth century. Shy with the ingrained inferiority of deep poverty, he asserted himself early with his long, greased hair and, once the Lansky brothers opened their men's store in Memphis, just in time for Elvis' upper teens, clothes otherwise favored by black entertainers. At the other end of her account of the rock 'n' roll king, Keogh rhapsodizes about the decor at Graceland. The author of previous books on the stylistic impacts of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, Keogh certainly speaks with authority about mid-twentieth-century American fashion, but she can be a little off when the subject is Elvis' music; for instance, she misquotes the opening lines of his first, regional hit, "That's All Right, Mama." Profusely illustrated with some of the King's most flattering photos. Ray Olson
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Customer Reviews

Great book for the casual or avid Elvis fan.
C. Sue Mack
Ms. Keogh has managed to capture the magic of Elvis on stage with the private person.
John Matlock
The style of writing is musical and fresh and it is a delight to read.
Tiffany Bartok

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry Geller on April 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
More books have been written about Elvis Presley than any other celebrity in the history of show busines. After reading only a few pages of Pamela Keogh's book, I was deeply engrossed and it became obvious to me that she had tapped into the very essence of Elvis' life. And what a joy every page from start to finish turned out to be! Her fresh, revealing and well-rounded account rings loud and clear. Knowing Elvis as I did (I was his personal hairstylist and close friend), I can say without reservation that the reader will experience new and revealing insights as they are skillfully taken into an exciting tour-de-force encompassing all aspects of Elvis' life and career. This book is a must for everyone!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Fitzpatrick on April 29, 2005
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I have been a lifelong Elvis fan from collecting his records and pictures to every article and book I could get my hands on. I thought I knew as much as anyone could know about Elvis. I was dead wrong. Pamela Keogh's fresh and insiteful look at Elvis Presley's life and career had me entranced. From the minute I read the first page I knew I could not put this book down. Her take on Elvis and the incredible impact he had on the world is compelling. I would highly recommend this book to everyone whether an Elvis fan or not. And to Pamela Keough I say bravo "a brilliant writer who gets it"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Christensen on November 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pamela Clarke Keogh's biography of Elvis is quite witty and insightful. I think that the greatest accomplishment of the author is her ability to respect Elvis and present him as a human being. In doing so, she doesn't overemphasize either his great sucesses or faults but instead she writes about his enduring character traits. Also, she adequately discusses his life story through the narratives of people who actually knew him. I really enjoyed this book and I'm sure that other Elvis fans will too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on November 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
John Lennon said, "Before elvis there was nothing." And he was right. Before Elvis there was the War. Before that the Depression, before that the first War. Mixed in with all this there was the Jazz age, the big band era, and swing. But Elvis carved new territory. With a sound all his own, Elvis found a niche somewhere between where the black artists of the day were trying to go and the mainstream of popular/country/gospel.

Untutored, Elvis was a natural showman. His hair, dress, and stage antics were enough to drive parents nuts, and to drive their kids straight to him. The onstage Elvis was a very different person than the private Elvis. And here, through interviews with the people who knew him best, by extensive use of the Graceland archives, and including more than a hundred images, many rarely seen before, is what may be the definitive biography.

Ms. Keogh has managed to capture the magic of Elvis on stage with the private person. She sums up her book: "Elvis. He was generous, he was kind, he was rambunctious, and, at times lonely, but who among us is not? By any measure, he lived a ful life, and even today, he does not fail to live."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Bartok on May 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are just starting your Elvis kick, or you have an A in Elvis-ology, this book is a must have. The photographs are beautiful and the writing is a breath of fresh air- putting you right in the heart of Memphis... and Elvis. You won't find tall tales, gossip, or dirt on Elvis here, just many reminders of why we love the man so much. The style of writing is musical and fresh and it is a delight to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Jaffe on May 4, 2005
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There is obviously a lot of Elvis "product" out there, but this book is special. From gorgeous photographs to top-notch research and text by Keogh, this is a must-have. Whether you're a casual fan or hard-core, add this book to your Elvis collection!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Earbuck on December 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have read MANY Elvis books and everything you can think of. I cannot put this book down...I am amazed at the details, the dates, the inside stories...it is amazing and in a few hours I have read half the book, and it is 4am! GREAT!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Disc Spinner on August 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Full of warmth for Elvis, it captures his vibrancy, his colossal talent, his classic living-large Americanness. Ms. Keogh has written a lavishly researched, detailed book with beautiful photos (a great one of Elvis and Sophia Loren...who knew?) A good gift...a wonderful introduction for a new fan or a re-affirmation for an old one. You won't be able to help falling in love again.
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