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Elvis Meets the Beatles Hardcover – December 1, 1994

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THE writer and broadcaster Chris Hutchins is an established author of highly acclaimed biographies of the rich, the famous and the royals. His first, Fergie Confidential, was an intimate biography of the Duchess of York and chronicled her troubled marriage to the Queen's favourite son, Prince Andrew. He followed this with a revelatory biography of the late Princess of Wales, Diana's Nightmare: The Family, a book which so established him as an authority on the royals that he was invited to cover Prince Charles' subsequent marriage for American television. Books that followed include ATHINA: The Last Onassis, which probed deeply into the world of the Onassis dynasty and GOLDSMITH: Money, Women and Power, the biography of the late billionaire entrepreneur, Sir James Goldsmith. More recently Hutchins turned his attention to matters Russian with fearless biographies of the country's leader, PUTIN, and best-known oligarch, ABRAMOVICH: The billionaire from nowhere. The author returned to the royal stage with a revealing book about Diana's son, HARRY: The People's Prince. Then it was back to rock'n roll with THE BEATLES: Messages from John, Paul George and Ringo which featured on its cover one of the postcards John Lennon sent to the author during his travels and, more recently ELVIS A Personal Memoir. As Prince Charles' former secretary Mark Bolland says of him: 'Chris Hutchins seems to have seen and done it all . . . ' Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisHutchinsFn

Peter Thompson, born in Melbourne, is the author of twenty books including biographies on the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of York, Athina Onassis and Jack Nicholson, all of which were written in collaboration with Chris Hutchins. He lives in London. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Smith Gryphon; First Edition edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856850838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856850834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 10, 2012
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Reporter Chris Hutchins first met the Beatles in Hamburg in 1962, just before they broke into the big time. He was on the US tours in 1964 and 1965 and was trusted by them. Having met Elvis in 1964, he engineered a meeting between Colonel Tom Parker and Brian Epstein, with the purpose of arranging a meeting between the King and the Fabs. The historic meeting took place on the 27th August, 1965, after many false starts and a lot of bargaining.

I know very little about Elvis, but there are very few books about the Beatles that I have not already read, and this book began to ring some alarm bells when a lot of 'myths' cropped up. Often repeated tales of John being born in a bombing raid, being 'shunned' at school and drunk when he met Paul, led me to wonder what else may have been exaggerated. The early part of the Beatles story also relies heavily on interviews with Bill Harry, founder of Merseybeat, who tends to be more than a little biased towards John when repeating the Beatles history. There is a potted history of both the Beatles and Elvis, although I am unable to say whether similar exaggerations in the story of Elvis have been made.

The basic argument of the book is that Elvis was both jealous and resentful of the Beatles success, almost afraid to meet them and that, when he did, there was bad feeling between John and him. In the first chapter Elvis is raving and ranting against Lennon in 1973. However, he was divorced, dependent on drugs and seemingly out of control, so it is possible that Lennon simply represented something for him that he could fight against.
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