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Product Details

  • Series: Genuine Jawbone Books
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone Press (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002282
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Return Of The King tells the story of a tumultuous period in the life
of Elvis Presley. By 1967, The King Of Rock’n’Roll was all but washed-
up, thanks to a string of bland movie roles and lackluster records.
But within a year he had roused himself, loosened the creative
shackles imposed by his grasping manager, ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, and
reconnected with the rock audience through a riveting TV special.
There followed a glorious but all too brief artistic flowering, in
which he made some of his most enduring records, including
‘Suspicious Minds’ and ‘In The Ghetto.’ This meticulously researched
and elegantly written book, based on a string of new interviews with
colleagues, friends, fans, and observers of The King, sheds new light
on the events of Elvis’s great comeback.

About the Author

Gillian G. Gaar is the author of several books about music, including She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll, Green Day: Rebels With A Cause and The Rough Guide To Nirvana. She has also written for Mojo, Rolling Stone, Record Collector, Goldmine, and the Experience Music Project museum, among others.

More About the Author

Gillian G. Gaar is a Seattle-based author. Her first book, She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion, Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock, Goldmine: The Beatles Digest (volumes one and two), Best of the Beatles Book, The Stranger Guide To Seattle, Music: The Little Black Book, 33 1/3 Greatest Hits Vol 2, A Survey of American Culture, and various editions of The Scribner Encylopedia of American Lives. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic's book From Grunge To Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!

She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana's box set "With The Lights Out." She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.

She has also written liner notes for collections by Laurie Anderson, Judy Collins, Heart, Pat Benatar, Paula Cole and Mat Kearney, among others.


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Great book and excellent service!
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Very well rounded selection of interviews that bring a more intimate look at a story that's been well documented.
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Hope is as fragile as it is powerful.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mav'rik on July 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
A very interesting perspective of this pivotal point of Elvis' career. Very well rounded selection of interviews that bring a more intimate look at a story that's been well documented. I do have a few issues with this book. The Jerry Reed portion isn't quite accurate, although Elvis wasn't aware, they leaned on Jerry much harder than the book leads you to believe. Maybe a small point, but it's one of many things that I disliked about some of the people around him. There are a few people that all Elvis writers should be warned to stay away from at all costs. If your last name ends in Stanley or West you have no credibility, too many years of lies for anyone to start believing you now, to the author's credit, there's just the one quote. I was really hoping that the book would end around '71, unfortunately it didn't. Like the vast majority of books about Elvis, once you get past the Aloha from Hawaii portion, it gets convoluted and wildly inaccurate. This book follows that pattern. Listen to Jerry Schilling, Dr. Nick, to a degree Joe E when he speaks in less generalities. The last years of his life were filled with painful physical ailments, depression, fad diets, overwork, reliance on prescriptions (as a means of function), and loneliness, unless he was on a stage, and even then, there were times when that wasn't enough. It's not fair to bundle all that as due to an addiction and then trudge on to some other self-destructive point with no understanding or perspective of reference. Everything up to the American and Stax sessions was well thought out from a fresh perspective, detail oriented and a great read, from chapter 6 on, it's well, it's the exact opposite.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on August 10, 2010
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By 1968 Elvis Presley was the King of Rock `n' Roll, and a has been. Rock music had moved beyond and transcended him. He spent his post army years making movies and movie soundtracks of lessening quality with each passing one. Gillian Gaar's "Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback" spotlights Presley's December 1968 "comeback special" that revitalized Elvis and his career for a brief few years until Elvis fell back into old habits and relied on management that increasingly took for granted Elvis' creative needs, and an entourage of yes men.

The comeback special featured Elvis in production numbers and in what could be designated the first "unplugged" performance, Elvis on a small stage with Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana surrounded by fans as he and the boys reminisced in between playing Elvis' songs live. The show also introduced new songs that would soon become Elvis classics such as "Guitar Man" and In The Ghetto." The special not only proved to the world that Elvis was a force to be reckoned with, it bolstered Elvis' self-confidence and proved to himself that he could still be a vital and creative force in music.

In the aftermath of the special, Elvis felt a creative resurgence that led to some of Elvis' most creative and productive recording sessions at the American Studios in Memphis. Another after effect of the comeback special was Elvis' return to live performance the first of which would be in the newly built International Hotel where an excited Elvis assembled a band and back-up singers who challenged and enhanced Elvis' performances. As Elvis' manager Col. Tom Parker smelled the money in the air, the live performances quickly became a new kind of trap for Elvis.

It's clear that one of Elvis' major problems was his obsessive reliance on Col.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caldutti66 on July 15, 2010
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I'm rarely moved to review on Amazon, however this book about the '68 Comeback Special and its aftermath has done so. I consider myself well versed on the King, however this book has taught me a thing or two to say the least. It covers the period preceding the Singer Special and the time up until his decline...Well written and informative.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 11, 2010
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Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback tells of a pivotal period in Elvis Presley's life. Buy 1967 he was just about a has-been - but he resisted the fade to obscurity and come roaring back, making some of his most enduring records. This focuses on his comeback and the events that fostered it, and makes for a moving, specific focus any rock music history library will want. The specific insights into the nature of Presley's comeback offers far more depth the usual, more general Presley overview.
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16 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Readin' and Rockin' on June 2, 2010
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Music lovers, musicologists, historians, etc.!

I am HONORED to write the first review of this wonderful new book! I guess it had to take this long to get so much right. The Comeback material is oft-told, but no one has yet got it THIS sublime.
Plus, unbelievably, after so many years, the method of the ending {brilliant - and so very, very sad} will leave any interested reader, {including the younger people who were more affected in the aftermath of his tragic, abbreviated demise}, actually stunned and maybe even "shocked." Seems impossible? Well, read it for yourself: and this is one, and a rare one, that you really should read IN ORDER to come to the very end. This book also utterly shatters absurd myths about that White House adventure as the comeback was closing. If some fans are don't like what they read, well, others will finally cheer the truth. Paul McCartney, so rattled recently by what he thinks happened there, MUST get a copy! Must know the truth about the performer who inspired him and his pals, but was so very bummed out in that '65 publicity stunt "meeting." Elvis was ashamed of his recent "career," such as it was at the time: he didn't know how to react, and didn't know if he even had a future. He had no beef with them: he just thought that the prez and V.P. actually talked about the same things . . . Oops. Nixon hadn't even heard of 'em. {!} Look on the Internet and you'll see a speech "agnew" - Elvis's writing of his name, gave in late '70, in LAS VEGAS! And "Bud"'s confusion would be cleared up. Oh, and Dr. Strangelove! That was his "study" of these matters. His REAL studies were more spiritual in nature.
I hope Gaar gets him a copy. He and Ringo Starr will, I would hope, understand what happened in Dec. 1970 and why.
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