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The Elvis Encyclopedia Hardcover – October 2, 2008
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--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.
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.
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").Read more ›
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A good book for the amount of information. However, the terrible copy editing, large amount of incorrect song titles, misspellings, poor grammar and other inconsistencies make it... Read morePublished 16 months ago by The Historian
Not nearly the amount of photos I was hoping for. Big, heavy book. Lots of content.Published 17 months ago by Stacy Burt
Great book. Elvis fan that received it as a gift loves it.
The book is in encyclopedia format - by key word. So
finding a piece of information is easy. Read more
A few misspelled words do not detract from this must have for all Elvis fans worth every penny, enjoy it all the timePublished on August 11, 2013 by Brian D Marshall
Is exactly what is says - an encyclopedia. Writing is very small in this book. Was given as a gift and was greatly appreciatedPublished on January 11, 2013 by Indah
A great must for every Elvis fan and everybody who wants an inside view of Elvis.Published on June 16, 2010 by Phil
Over 210 color photos and an equal amount of black-and-white images appear in an oversized tribute, The Elvis Encyclopedia. Read morePublished on February 14, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
I ordered this for my Father in law (I'm not a big Elvis fan). I looked through it and loved it. It tells you everything! I learned so much I didn't know about Elvis. Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by Ashley N. York