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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835609154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835609159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Over fifty years ago, a talented young singer named Elvis Presley made one of his first appearances on my TV show in New York. Even then, I could see he had a very special presence. Here in this great new book, I feel like I got to know this complex and remarkable man even more than I did before. The Seeker King is a real gift for Elvis fans everywhere!"
-- Joe Franklin, legendary broadcaster

“While chronicling the full arc of the life and career of Elvis Presley, Gary Tillery zeros in on Presley’s constant search for inner peace and spiritual growth. The Seeker King probes beyond Elvis’ meteoric rise, worldwide impact, and ultimate demise, casting light on many of the man’s personal quests that played out behind the scenes. This book will be treasured by Elvis fans everywhere.”
-- Dave Zimmer, author of Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Biography

"Elvis Presley was an icon of sex, stardom, and rock and roll, but beneath the glitz and Las Vegas glamour brooded a sensitive soul, deeply troubled by life's mysteries. Gary Tillery's highly readable biography shows us another side of the King, as a seeker eager to grasp life's secret meanings, and to explore a whole range of spiritual paths. Elvis may have left the building, but as this book shows, his spirit carries on."
--Gary Lachman, former Blondie bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and popular religion writer

"As a big Elvis fan, I thought I had read everything there was to read about him. But this book explores new areas and goes further into old ones. It's a must for Elvis fans and is now definitely a new addition to my library."
--Fred Willard, actor

"This is one fantastic book. The spiritual search that Elvis took to the very
moment of his death is eye opening. His goodness is everywhere. He was generous
and kind to those he loved and those he didn't. He was sure in his love of God
and wanted to be closer to him. A wonderful and spiritual book for every fan and
every seeker."
--Mary Willard, playwright, "Elvis and Juliet"

"Just as Elvis forged the roots of rock 'n roll for The Beatles, Gary Tillery reveals in The Seeker King how Elvis was first also to chase for grace through spirituality. The journey towards self during Presley's life is told by Tillery with craft, insight, and compassion. An often heartbreaking tale of how celebrity really did make Elvis so lonely that he died, The Seeker King also proves that Presley's genuine goodness and faith will keep him alive forever."
--Anthony Pomes, rock historian, advisory board member of The John Lennon Center for Music & Technology

About the Author

A native of the Southwest, Gary Tillery was born in Phoenix in 1947. In 1968-69 Tillery served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force. His enlistment over in 1970, he returned to Phoenix and earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management.

After two decades in the business world, primarily as co-owner of an advertising agency in suburban Chicago, Tillery turned his time and energy to his lifelong passion for literature and art. He published a collection of interrelated short stories set in Vietnam titled Darkling Plain, and began a series of humorous novels featuring “soft-boiled” detective Jack Savage—the first two titled Death, Be Not Loud and To An Aesthete Dying Young.

The Seeker King is the newest in a collection of spiritual biographies which includes Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison (Quest Books) and The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon (Quest Books). Each of these mystical biographies examines the rock stars’ creative work as it relates to their spiritual development.

Tillery is also a professional sculptor. He favors the mediums of metal and stone, using these traditional materials to express contemporary ideas. His most prominent work is the sculpture for the Vietnam Memorial in Chicago. He also created the bronze bust of Steve Allen for the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood; and through his association with the Rotblatt-Amrany Studio he created, among other works, the life-size bronze of Luis Aparicio at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Tillery has displayed in galleries from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and appeared in shows as far away as Shanghai. His works are in the private collections of Patricia DuPont and General Tommy Franks, and the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago possesses two pieces in its permanent collection.

More About the Author

I've been a writer all my life, working in both nonfiction and fiction.

My fascination with "the intellectual Beatle," John Lennon, led me to write The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon. The book was published by Quest Books in 2009 and has been translated into German, French, Portuguese, and Danish. It was named the Official Book of the 2010 John Lennon Tribute in New York City.

In 2011, I followed up its success with a study of "the quiet Beatle," titled Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison. And in 2013 I added a third book in the "Spiritual Biography" series--The Seeker King, focusing on Elvis Presley.

Fiction-wise, I've chronicled the adventures of "soft-boiled" detective Jack Savage in three comic novels -- Death, Be Not Loud, To an Aesthete Dying Young, and She Stalks in Beauty. (Poor Jack, perpetually a square peg in a world of round holes.)

In a more literary vein, my book Darkling Plain is a collection of interwoven short stories set in Vietnam--some coming from my imagination, some of which I heard while I served there, and some based on my own experiences. The book examines the impact of America's most traumatic war on a young airman.

I have also published poetry -- Through a Dark, Glassly, as well as a collection of haiku titled 50 Epiphanies. In 2014, to commemorate a century of baseball at the Chicago Cubs' ballpark, Wrigley Field, I published The Ghosts of Wrigley Field. It recounts, in poetic form, some of the memorable events that have taken place in the legend-filled stadium used by the Cubs since 1916.

I am a native of the Southwest, born in Phoenix. I served in Vietnam with the U. S. Air Force in 1968-69, then returned to Arizona for a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from ASU and a Master's degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. After two decades in the business world, primarily as co-owner of an advertising agency in suburban Chicago, I refocused my time and energy on my lifelong passion for literature and art.

I am also a professional artist. My most prominent work is the sculpture for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Chicago. I also created the bronze bust of Steve Allen for the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, co-sculpted the statue of Pat Tillman for the Arizona Cardinals, and have displayed in galleries from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and appeared in shows as far away as Shanghai. My works are in the private collections of Patricia DuPont and General Tommy Franks, and the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago holds two pieces in its permanent collection.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Dunn on September 26, 2013
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I have read most of what has been written about Elvis...I have especially enjoyed the past few books written by those who knew Elvis.This book does a great job retelling Elvis' life focusing on his deep spirituality which any fan knows was the core of Elvis. Fast easy read...like the song and literature references.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Ives on October 20, 2013
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I found this to be a highly engaging and readable bio of The King. This is the first book I've read about Elvis and it provided an excellent look at his life overall, with a special focus on his spiritual interests and beliefs. It does a great job of chronicling his early life, rise to fame, relationships with family, friends and Colonel Parker, and his gradual decline. I found the chapters about Sun and his early career particularly fascinating. I was also surprised at the variety and range of his religious interests.

Readers new to Elvis' story will find this book to be the ideal introduction. Those who are more familiar with his life will enjoy the added dimension of new revelations about his spiritual and philosophical beliefs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ElvisFan1 on October 28, 2013
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I found the book contained a repeat of a lot other books already written about Elvis' spirituality. The book is an okay read.
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By Carol J. Wilson on March 8, 2014
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A lot of the book was something I'd already read elsewhere. Just more on a misunderstood star who was used by those around him.
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There is a lot of information in this book that has been printed in other books about Elvis, and Gary Tillery gives those people credit for that information, however, there was other info that I had not heard before. The way the book was presented and the timeline at the end is so wonderful. A must for any Elvis fan.....

The book came packaged very safely and arrived before the promised date.

Thank you!
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