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The Elvis Encyclopedia Hardcover – October 2, 2008

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Starred Review. This obsessively detailed and completely entertaining chronicle by Victor (The Marilyn Encyclopedia) of every possible aspect of Elvis Presley's life is mesmerizing and deserves a wide audience. Elvis fans will delight in the many famous and rare photos illustrating entries on the King's every song, album and movie as well as his complete last will and testament. But nonfans will marvel at such meticulously researched entries as Religion (a vision of Stalin and Jesus in a high bank of cloud made Elvis consider joining a monastery), as well as a comprehensive state-by-state list of Hotels Where Elvis Stayed. (Oct.)
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'Remarkably handsome volume ... As a visual compendium of Elvis and his times the work is outstanding, and students of rock'n'roll history have a valuable resource of quotes, pictures and facts ... Victor notes that his encyclopedia is longer than the Old TestamentA"; certainly to fundamentalist Elvis nerds it will be as valuable as the Bible' - The Times. 'The book is lavishly and lovingly illustrated' - New York Times Book Review. 'There's no denying that Victor has done his research ... The 608 meticulously cross-referenced pages deal with every aspect of Elvis's life and work. Happily, there are plenty of entertaining anecdotes in among the exhaustive detail' - Q. 'This obsessively detailed and completely entertaining chronicle by Victor of every possible aspect of Elvis Presley's life is mesmerizing and deserves a wide audience' - Publishers Weekly (starred review). 'For fans who obsess over the King, it's a certainty: can't help falling in love with "The Elvis Encyclopedia"' - Chicago Sun-Times. '"The Elvis Encyclopedia" not only makes a mesmerizing coffee table book, it's also a great gift for your hunka hunka burnin' love (and others)' - Vegas Magazine. 'Perhaps the most comprehensive Elvis tome ever' - Los Angeles Confidential. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585675989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585675982
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.7 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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--In a photo from the set of "Love Me Tender" Richard Egan is identified as George Hamilton.

--The plot outline of "King Creole" includes several mistatements, about the finale in particular.

--The plot outline for "Paradise Hawaiin Style" is incorrect about how the helicopter keys were lost.

--A photo of Elvis with some bikini clad dancing girls is said to be a scene from the movie "Follow That Dream"; I don't remember any such girls from that particular movie.

--The caption of the famous photo of Elvis rehearsing with the hound dog for the Steve Allen show implies that the photo is from the broadcast itself.

After encountering these questionable items within minutes of opening the book, I feared too much else would be unrealiable, so decided not to purchase the book, despite the many good photos, and apparent plethora of information. Also, the print is miniscule, although I admit it had to be to get everything in one volume.

I speak as a long time Elvis fan who values complete accuracy, especially in a book that aspires to be definitive.
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Oh wow! This book is awesome! I received it a couple of days ago and have been looking at it non-stop ever since. I've read many Elvis books, but this book includes everything you could possibly want to know about him. It includes everything from everyone who was somehow involved in his life to topics such as "shopping" to listing details about his songs, etc.. There are quotes from Elvis and people who knew him throughout the book. There are so many pictures and even though I've seen some of them before, they look beautiful in this book.

This book is VERY HEAVY, so it's not something you can read on the train or plane. The author put A LOT of time into his research, and it shows! Even though the book is expensive, it's well worth it, and a wonderful addition to your Elvis collection. I probably wouldn't read this book straight through, but each page is a treat.
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Wow, this book is an amazing resource -- there's enough here to keep you reading for years. Every page is packed with detailed info (in very small type!). The section on Elvis's death seems particularly strong. There are also tons of nice photos (color and black & white), several of which I've never seen before. This hefty encyclopedia defintely deserves to occupy space on every serious Elvis fan's book shelf.
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Since his death in 1977, there have probably been more books written about Elvis Presley than any other 20th century figure with the possible exception of John F. Kennedy. For sheer diversity, however, even the assassinated 36th president can't beat the King. In addition to innumerable biographies, ranging from Peter Guralnick's superb two volume set to the late Albert Goldman's viciously sleazy 1981 bestseller, there have been titles examining the cultural phenomenon that Presley represented, attempts to comprehend his continued popularity several decades after his death, and even fiction, including mystery novels with Elvis as a detective and an offering from no less a light than William F. Buckley Jr. Then there are the truly bizarre attempts to compare Elvis with Jesus, or humorous efforts to mock those whose idolatry is so extreme they have forsaken their own identity to emulate their favorite performer. With such a wealth of information out there, it would be a herculean task to gather even the most pertinent data in one volume. Adam Victor's The Elvis Encyclopedia succeeds as well as can be expected.

In nearly 600 oversize pages, the author tracks Elvis's life and career, from his greatest achievements (the earth-shattering recordings) to such minutiae as his motor homes, grocery lists, and speeding tickets. Most of the entries deal with the music. Each album, single, and song that Elvis recorded is highlighted with recording and release dates, chart position, and an occasional acknowledgment of the personnel involved (that's Jerry Reed playing the licks on Elvis's version of Reed's "Guitar Man").
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WOW! If you ever wanted to know just about EVERYTHING about Elvis, this is the book for you! If you have dozens of books on the King or want just ONE really great book about Elvis, you need this incredible volume on your book shelf! Great research and honesty..... I may not live long enough to verify every detail, but what I have read so far is great stuff. I think this book was even mentioned on Elvis radio as being a great volume on Elvis facts and details. Heartily recommend!
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OF ALL THE BOOKS I'VE BOUGHT ON ELVIS, THIS ONE OUT DOES ALL THE REST. I GOT THIS BOOK YESTERDAY AND CAN'T PUT IT DOWN! THIS IS NOT ONLY INFORMATIVE BUT VERY ENJOYABLE READING. ALL THE OTHER BOOKS ON ELVIS CAN BE BORING IN PARTS, SOMETIMES A LOT OF PARTS! BUT THIS BOOK IS DONE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, WITH THE TOPIC LISTED RIGHT ABOVE THAT ARTICLE. IF THAT TOPIC ISN'T SOMETHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT, JUST PASS IT BY!. HOW EASY IS THAT!! I DEBATED FOR AWHILE ABOUT THE PRICE, HAD I'VE KNOWN THIS BOOKWAS GOING TO BE SO GOOD I WOULD HAVE NEVER GIVEN THE PRICE A SECOND THOUGHT. YES IT INCLUDES LUCY DE BARBIN AND HER SAYING SHE HAD ELVIS'S LOVE CHILD. AND JOYCE BOVA'S STORY OF HER CLAIM OF ABORTING ELVIS'S CHILD. IT DOESN'T LEAVE ANY STONE UNTURNED! DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO REALLY GET TO KNOW THE KING. THERE IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ON EVERY PAGE!! PETER GURALNICK 2 BOOK STORY OF ELVIS AT TIMES THAT BOOK JUST SEEMED TO DRAG, AND IF HE WROTE ABOUT SOMETHING WE ALREADY KNEW BECAUSE IT WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE, YOU'D THINK HOW LONG IS HE GOING TO ON THIS SUBJECT! THIS BOOK YOU CAN'T HELP BUT SMILE IN A LOT OF PARTS. AND THE STORY TELLER DOESN'T DRAG THE STORY ON. IT'S SUBJECTS ARE SHORT & COMPLETE! IF YOU'VE EVER READ "GONE WITH THE WIND" FOR PAGES ON END MARGARET MITCHELL WOULD DESCRIBE THE DRESSES THAT THEY WERE WEARING IN THAT SCENE AND WOULD DRAG OUT DESCRIBING THE SETTINGS OF THAT SCENE. HER BOOK WAS THICK ONLY BECAUSE OF THAT!! AND HER BOOK WAS VERY BORING IN A LOT OF THOSE PPAGES! WELL THIS IS A ONE BOOK THAT IS NOT BORING AT ALL!! LET'S JUST SAY THE AUTHOR CUTS TO THE CHASE! I CAN TELL YOU THIS BOOK DOESN'T DRAG ON LIKE MY INTERPRETATION OF THE BOOK! THIS BOOK IS 598 PAGES AND 3 COLUMNS PER PAGE, AND I'M NOT TALKING BIG PRINT.Read more ›
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