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Elvis by the Presleys Hardcover – May 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; New title edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307237419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307237415
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Think of Elvis by the Presleys as the ultimate souvenir guide from your tour of Graceland. The 256 pages are packed with family photos, reminisces, and still-life photography of Elvis's possessions. The book is also a companion volume to the multimdedia event that brings the personal side of Elvis to the masses from the recollections of just six family members: wife Priscilla; daughter Lisa Marie; cousin Patsy; along with Priscilla's mom, dad, and sister. Many of the words written here were not in the TV show but one assumes what will make this a keeper are the photos. Along with candid shots, there are stills of the home movies seen on the CBS special (and subsequent--and expanded--DVD), and the still life shots by Henry Leutwyler get your mind racing. Here one can dwell on Elvis's guitar and think of all the music that came out of it. You can spy his phonograph with the record that was on it when he died, his wallet, an autographed Bible, his first contract, a hand-drawn football play, even his FBI badge along with pristine views inside Graceland. Some shots seem like filler (a boot, "with the original mud," Lisa Marie's crayons), but the overall impression is you are viewing pieces from the Museum of Cool, circa 1970. Several of Pricilla's passages and some of the images allude to Elvis's dark side: the massive reference book on pills and three guns are shown (plus the TV Elvis shot) looking like items from a murder investigation. Ultimately, do we really learn anything new about Elvis? Perhaps not, but there are several segments where Priscilla (the main voice) draws us in with her emotional recollections. The book (and program) is never better than telling the courtship in Germany when a homesick solider found an older-than-her-age 9th grader. Elvis by the Presleys does not try to be compressive; it succeeds as a warmer, more heartfelt tribute to The King. --Doug Thomas

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Nearly 30 years after his death, America just can't get enough of Elvis, and to feed that hunger, some of the King's surviving family members present a big, colorful celebration of all things E. Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, abetted by daughter Lisa Marie, mother and father Ann and Paul Beaulieu, sister Michelle Beaulieu Hovey, and "Elvis' double first cousin" Patsy Presley Geranen, presents cozy reminiscences--"Elvis was sentimental, and Christmas brought out his sentiments in force"--and tons of photos, including even a reproduction of one of youthful Elvis' favorite books as marked up by him. Picture books about Elvis are hardly new, nor are collections of the memories of those nearest to him, but this book offers some offbeat stuff that should be new to most fans, like the two-page spread of an old mailbox with "3764 Hwy. 51" hand scrawled on the side, a full-page picture of what was apparently Presley's favorite plastic comb, and the selection of pictures of the King's favorite toys, such as a tricycle and a snub-nosed revolver. Sure, there's nary a disparaging word to be found here--"The hits my father cut like 'In the Ghetto' and 'Suspicious Minds' are great," reports Lisa Marie with admirable restraint--but the down-home, funky charm and honest (not to mention salable) sentiment on view are well worth a look. Good, clean fun; fry up a banana sandwich, and enjoy. Mike Tribby
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I'd recommend this to all Elvis fans.
Brian
The stories that you read are from close family members and is very interesting.
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I am an Italian fan of Elvis Presley.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pat Powell on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The land of "Elvis Presley Enterprises" (EPE) is usually quite protective of its King. The unspoken rule,( rumor has it ) is "'75 and holding". This catch- phrase refers not only to the "cut-off" year for the PICTURES of Elvis on display at Graceland Mansion; it also refers to the number of pounds, "over 100", that Elvis' image is allowed to be, in any EPE authorized product. So, you won't see any shots, candid or otherwise, of him, during the the last two years of Elvis' life ('76 -- '77)in this Lisa Marie & Priscilla Presley co-- authored/authorized book, either. However, when it comes to being candid,and forthright in the TEXT, composed entirely of interviews, to my delight, the girls the King loved the best-- well, they let it ALL hang out!
For the first time, Lisa Marie Presley shares her memories of Elvis, as "father", in vivid, joyous detail. The way her Daddy descended the staircase in the late afternoons, after he arose and was dressed by his valets, bedecked in Royal Blue velvet shirts, Jet Black shades and Frankly Scarlet Red Love beads, ready to hold Court in either the Living or Jungle room:"You knew he was coming... you'd HEAR him before you saw him!" Lisa Marie recounts the "shooting out" of the T.V. screen ( it offended E.P. because it dared to showcase Robert Goulet crooning "If Ever I Would Leave You..." ); which she found, and STILL finds, "REALLY, Hysterically FUNNY!". She tells tales ranging from the day "Daddy" let her ride her horse INTO the Mansion, (much to Grandma "Dodger's" dismay, since she had to clean up after it) to, sadly, their last day together, August 15, and the last thing he ever SAID to her, in the wee hours of the morning of August 16 (It was, BTW, "Go to bed", because he caught her still awake at almost 3:00am).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Even though i'm only 14 i've been an elvis fan from a very early age and have collected numerous items, books, DVd's etc... but this seemed to give you an inside look to his personal choice. Priscilla and other Presley family members have been lucky to share their life with him and now they're letting us have an insight. Excellant!

Helen, 14, New York
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian on May 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was pleasantly surprised to finally see Elvis remembered by his family rather than the many people who've claimed to be "close friends" for so many years. I'd recommend this to all Elvis fans. It's a poignant and honest look at a much talked about icon.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Mennillo on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Reading through this book I realized that a lot of what the media said was untrue. This book gave a different insight to the values Elvis kept close to his heart. It tells about his complex personality, but at the same time the sensitive side to Elvis that he hid from the public. The book told how generous he was and at times to perfect strangers. He loved to make people happy. He loved his family life. I recommend this book because it tells the truth about Elvis from the people who were closest to him. This book is truly a must read for an Elvis fan.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Reid on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Elvis's wife, daughter, and others in the immediate family tell the story of Elvis Presley from the inside looking out. It is very interesting to have this new perspective on the life of Elvis Presley. In addition, there are some wonderful photos included in the book. Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet Fante on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful, informative, picturesque book. I couldn't put it down. I recently was to Graceland and enjoyed the tours of the grounds and of their plane. Graceland gave one the feeling of the love that Elvis emanated to everyone. The same feeling was felt when reading this book told by the Presleys. A must buy for all Elvis fans.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on June 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book written by the people who loved "The King" the most ... the people who knew him the best!

As much as I enjoyed learning more about Elvis, one of the most talented, charismatic people of the Twentieth Century, I adored the pictures.

Thanks, Priscilla and Lisa Marie, for sharing memories of your beloved husband and father with the world.

I highly recommend this book!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Danny Matthews on May 24, 2005
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I gave this book 4 stars because it does not have a lot to read in it. but it does have some really good pictures. the few stories in it were good but just wish there was more text. anyone looking for a good picture book of elvis this is the one for you.
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