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Elvis : Word for Word Hardcover – November 7, 2000

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"A terrific idea and a badly needed book. Bound to be one of the half-dozen most essential Elvis books ever." -- Mary Hancock Hinds, author of "The Elvis Bibliography," 1999

"Anyone interested in Elvis Presley would have to get this book! It's an exceptionally fine work with a beautiful cover and some extraordinary photos." -- MSNBC-TV, 1999

"If you can own just one book about Elvis Presley, this is the one!" -- ABC-TV, 1999

"Pure and simple, people will learn more about Elvis Presley by reading this book than any other way I can think of." -- Singer, Ronnie McDowell, 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

"Maybe someday I will write a book." Elvis spoke these seven words in response to a reporter's question about Presley's army experience. Unfortunately, during his mere 17 years of life following that comment, Elvis never got around to writing a book, whether about his two years in the army or an autobiographical one.

Elvis - Word for Word now takes its place in the world of Presley literature as the closest anyone will ever get to reading the personal thoughts and feelings of Elvis Presley.

With this project, we made verification our prime directive. It is crucial that readers know, if we could not verify words attributed to Elvis, they do not appear in this book. Since Elvis - Word for Word is not a collection of anyone's personal memoirs and recollections, and in keeping with our steadfast rule against hearsay, we use no citations of what someone - even including this writer - claims Elvis once said.

And so it is that Elvis Presley never wrote a book, though many, many others certainly have. As of this writing there are over 1,200 Elvis books, magazines and major literary pieces that we know, and probably many others we have yet to discover.

Seemingly every imaginable Presley topic has now been investigated, contemplated and gathered together in print. His life story has now been told numerous times, each version a little differently.

All those books, but not once has Elvis really had his say. Now he does and you will read it here, exactly as he shared it ... word for word. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 Rev edition (November 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609608037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609608036
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,927,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

An avid collector of recorded music since 1960, Jerry Osborne has also worked full-time as an author of record price guides and reference books since 1975.

From the first "Record Collector's Price Guide" (1976) to present, Jerry's published works now number over 160, along with over 150 periodicals. As busy as ever, he still produces several new books per year.

Jerry has, since 1986, written the popular, weekly newspaper feature, "Mr. Music." Distributed to papers nationally by World Features Syndicate, the column answers readers' questions about music and records. Jerry's column is also prominently featured in each issue of Cashbox Magazine.

Osborne's past is saturated with music. After high school, he began a 14-year career in broadcasting (1962-'76), first as a dee jay then chief engineer, music director, and program director.

He founded and published three collectors news and marketplace magazines: "Record Digest," "Music World" and "DISCoveries." In the '80s, he published "The Osborne Report," a monthly newsletter covering new releases.

His influence and involvement in record collecting has been chronicled in virtually every major magazine and newspaper in the country: "Reader's Digest," "The Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," "People Magazine," "Esquire," "TV Guide," "Oui," "National Enquirer," "Money," "Changing Times," "Photoplay," "High Fidelity," "Billboard," "Cash Box," "Music City News," "Collectibles," "Kiplinger's," "Woman's Day" and "Rolling Stone" -- just to name a few.

Jerry is a frequent guest on numerous major radio and TV talk shows, discussing the record collecting hobby. Among these are: "Good Morning America," "Today Show" "The Nashville Network," and "Backstage Live."

He served as a technical advisor and music consultant for shows like ABC-TV's "The Century" and "Our World," CBS-TV's "West 57th Street," MSNBC's "Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer," and cable's HBO, and CNN's Larry King Show. CNN even profiled Jerry on their "CNN NewsStand" show, in October 1999. Visit Jerry's profile on IMDb for more info on this phase of his career.

In January 1999, the hobby honored Osborne by naming him "Pop Collectibles Author of the Year 1998."

In 2007, The Hit Parade Hall of Fame invited Jerry to be one of the Charter Members of their Nominating Committee. Of course he accepted.

Osborne was also chosen to be a charter member of the Album Cover Hall of Fame, founded in 2010 to honor deserving album cover art and design.

Also an accomplished emcee, Jerry has managed shows with virtually all of the top stars of the '50s, '60s and '70s. He hosted Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars" in the mid-'60s and has, since its inception in 1990, emceed the annual "Good Rockin' Tonight" all-star extravaganza in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jerry has written the liner notes for countless releases, and has conceived and produced dozens of albums and CDs. He still works closely with the reissue labels -- especially Varèse Sarabande.

Clearly, no one person has been more responsible -- directly or indirectly -- for the amazing growth of the music collecting hobby.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on November 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What he said, exactly how he said it... From his first minor radio appearance to the last letter he wrote before his death. Verifiable Elvis Presley telegrams, letters to fans, his lovers & friends as well quips with a slew of rare & unknown photographs.
Elvis & Jerry became friends in 1967, when they both lived in Memphis, Tennessee. Jerry was a deejay then & played The King's disks the most. For more than two decades, when someone calls Graceland asking about Elvis collectibles, they are routinely referred to Jerry Osborne & his series of Presley reference books.
Elvis was not noted for his conversational skills however, I have a feeling we didn't know how funny he actually could be. He cracked some deadpan, off-the-cuff quips that you can just hear him drawl
This has to be for dyed-in-the-wool devotees who want to know every "Thank you" & "Oh Yeah!" & "Yes sir" The King ever uttered or his simple, polite Thank You Notes, congratulatory telegrams & holiday greetings. Sometimes I get the distinct impression that The King just didn't understand what all the fuss was about nor why anyone would want to ask some of the innane questions they did. When he was asked about music, however, he waxed positively poetic!
In his letters, Elvis did quite well, even has a lilt that comes through & it's surprising to see just who he wrote to. There is also a fascinating photographic history of this Legend's public life - a who's who of show business & movies!
If you know any Elvis fans & want to give them the ultimate present, then Jerry Osborne's Elvis-Word for Word is as good as it gets! For my full review do check out [my website].
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The thing about Elvis is he never wrote an autobiography, so for too long "the real" Elvis had to be revealed by "those who knew him."
Finally here's a comprehensive collection of things Elvis really said.
In this book are transcriptions of press conferences, concerts, and letters.
The biggest thrill for me was the publication of the letters Elvis wrote Anita Wood while he was in the Army. As far as I know, she hasn't allowed them to be shown previously (in the P.S.'s Elvis tells her to never show them to anyone).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hinds on November 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
One of the best insights into the thoughts of Elvis. Painstakingly researched and thoroughly documented. A true treasure!
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By Elizabeth A. Chandler on March 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
All the quotes are from Elvis and it shows what an wonderful, talented human he was. The problems he had with some of the media, proved them to be wrong.
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