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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley Paperback – July 19, 2007
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Some of Elvis's "friends" have written and spoken about him critically to an extent that makes me wonder if they were mainly trying to sell their books. In contrast, although Schilling also recounts Elvis's moodiness and bad temper, he puts that in perspective by adding that "what's remarkable to me is not the handful of times that he did let a crazy temper get the better of him - what's remarkable is that, with all that went on in his life, most of the time he chose to be a nice guy." This book is full of apt observations like that, and gives great character portraits of many people.Read more ›
The book isn't without its flaws, however. Do I think Schilling glossed over a few of the major issues at times, including Elvis's drug abuse and the disintegration of his marriage? Certainly. Was Schilling overly careful in his descriptions of his fellow Mafia Members? Absolutely. I personally was very let down at Schilling's lack of information about the actual death of Elvis, though to be fair, he was no longer a regular employee at the time, having chosen to go into management (including managing both Billy Joel and The Beach Boys). I feel strongly that Schilling knows more about the death than he shared, but that's his perogative, and apparently he's not comfortable letting the rest of us know. I also would've liked him to address, at least briefly, the whole "Elvis is alive" myth and lay it to rest permanently. But overall this is a very well-written, well-remembered book, and I enjoyed Schilling's recounting of the life and times the rest of us could only observe from afar.Read more ›
The book itself is well written and almost feels like you're sitting there with Jerry listening to his stories.
My only regret about the book is that Jerry did not go more deeply into the conversations he had with Elvis. At times I felt there was a lot more to an episode in their lives than Jerry was telling. On the whole, an excellent book.
There are parts of Elvis's life that are missing due to the author leaving to do other things with his life. As in some insider books we don't see the decline of Elvis other than two hospital visits a few years before his death. I personally don't think it important that a book about Elvis should include details about those last depressing years of his life, although I suspect some readers will.
The author seems extremely proud of his association with Elvis and the book is written in a respectful, heartfelt way. For the most part his writing is in a friendly, well, Memphian style. At times though he succumbs to incessant celebrity name-dropping, especially near the end of the book. This leads one to believe he puts a lot of his personal sense of self worth in letting people know what celebrities he has met.Read more ›
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I was in Memphis recently, and visited Graceland. Never a big Elvis fan, I decided I wanted to learn more about his life. This book fit the bill perfectly. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Suzanne Hanes
Written by one of the 3 or 4 friends who knew Elvis best. More than half of the information I had never heard before. He has little to say about the last 2 years. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kent Moore
Great book about The king...personalized the man. If you like music this is for you!Published 21 days ago by Charlie Combs
Jerry Schilling's Book is a insight to a heartwarming & humman friendship that two friends shared starting from the early 50's to Elvis's untimely death in '77.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
found it more about Jerry life no so much about Elvis and himPublished 2 months ago by Joanne Miller
I only just started to read this but I know that I am going to love it, very interesting.Published 3 months ago by Jim Sather