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Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley Paperback – January 4, 2011
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“George was with Elvis from the beginning. He personally knows the story.” —Dick Clark
“George Klein is something else. Through the years, George has been right there. He’s got the great stories and he’s always talked about Elvis and presented him with great dignity.” —Tom Petty
“GK was there from the beginning, and there ’til the end. This book is fact.” —Jerry Lee Lewis
“GK was one of the most important friends and confidants of Elvis Presley. This book captures all the excitement of the birth of rock ’n’ roll, and reminds us of the very significant roles that Elvis and GK played as rock ’n’ roll pioneers.” —Jerry Schilling
From the Hardcover edition.
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Reading this book really makes me wished I could have met Elvis, he seemed like a genuinely good person to be around. I highly recommend this book to any fan of Elvis or of Rock n Roll in general.
Much of what Klein writes is designed to put not only Elvis but himself in that most positive of light. Elvis, by all trustworthy accounts, was a loyal person. He goes back with Klein to high school in Memphis. There Klein, cynically, you could note to get a vote, befriends Presley and plays into Elvis' penchant for loyality. Klein, who ends up in the music business as a DJ, has often been accused of using that 'in' with Elvis to promote his own career. But, insiders have noted in most accounts that Klein often overstates his role in Elvis' life, and was pretty much relegated to glorified 'go-fer' and a first-class procurer of girls, especially while Presley was in Memphis. In that regard, Klein brags about how many girls he 'fixed Elvis up with'.
A lot of what Klein states in the book as fact has been challenged by others in the know. Again, overstating his significance, Klein often interjects himself into situations where his personal role was absent, and at best, limited. Presley's decision to record in Memphis in the late 60's, for instance, is one example where Klein has been accused of downright lying.Read more ›
His downfall began in Germany when he began taking drugs, and continued until he died. This led to dreadful conlacations that George was unable to address until the end of the book.
Yet, Elvis was hospitalized several times for drug overdose, this can be forgiven, George's pain was emense.
I always had questions about how he died, some things did not add up. Rest in peace, Elvis, you were loved
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george first met elvis in the 8th grade in 1948. they casually become friends and over the next few years, become better friends as elvis's music career starts taking off (george... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sunset*gal
Huge Elvis Fan....good reading information that I never knew. Nice hearing it from someone that was with Elvis all the time.Published 1 month ago by DA News
I gave this book as a present. He has only gotten through half of it and thinks it's pretty good. Need to finish to give a complete evaluation.Published 1 month ago by carol
This book has some good stories of Elvis's younger days. I get the impression that everything Elvis did was because Klein told him to or suggested it to him or brought it to Elvis... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic look into the real man behind the fame. Well written, fascinating, and gives an in-depth and respectful perspective on Elvis the man.Published 3 months ago by DMJ's Girl
If anyone knew Elvis it was George Klein from high school to Graceland. A very honest & enjoyable read. George tells it as he experienced it--- first handPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer