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-Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
"I don’t think there was a better time and place to be a teenager than in Florida in the 1950s. It was such a magical place. Elvis is part of what contributed to that excitement."--Bob Graham, former Florida governor and United States senator
"Kealing tells us the story of what happened when Elvis arrived in Florida and what role the Sunshine State played in his life and musical career. This is a critical era in the Elvis Saga."--William McKeen, editor of Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay: An Anthology
"A Florida-centric look at his 1956 breakout state for people who thought they knew everything about Elvis."--Joel Selvin, author of Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day
"Presents a great picture of what it was like to be a touring musician in the 1950s and also of Florida at the time and how the culture was changed by the shock of Elvis."--Joy Wallace Dickinson, author of Remembering Orlando: Tales from Elvis to Disney --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B06VV39TZD
- Publication date : March 7, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 4115 KB
- Print length : 270 pages
- Publisher : University Press of Florida (March 7, 2017)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0813062306
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,137,353 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The importance of Florida to Elvis in those days cannot be overstated, which infuses this book with even more reason to exist. Kealing also reveals new (to me) personal details about a certain illegal Dutch immigrant (aka, Parker) and his MANY strong ties to Tampa. Worth the price of admission, right there. Imagine the 20-year old Elvis bottom-billed on a Hank Snow tour, opening with his 2 songs and then sitting out in the audience to watch the show, chatting with people around his seat...and Kealing finds one of those people who recounts his chat. This book is filled with such personal encounters and observations.
If you want yet another general Presley overview, look elsewhere; this book isn't for you. If you want a highly readable minute-by-minute recounting of 4 grueling tours placed in context with his rocket rise to fame, get this one.
I appreciate the value of solid research & preparation, intelligently laid out for the reader. It's obvious that, with "Elvis Ignited," Bob Kealing feels likewise. A classic "I was sorry when this book ended" read.
i thought i knew a fair amount about Elvis but turns out, i learned al lot.