Elvis Presley: The King of Rock and Roll Paperback – December 26, 2020
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- ASIN : B08RB6LM4W
- Publisher : Independently published (December 26, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 303 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8581395240
- Item Weight : 14.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.69 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elvis' appearance on the Ed Sullivan show was the meteorite that ignited the musical universe! The author had me creating visions; imaging his performance!
I look forward to the next publication taking us even further into the depths of the Presley mystique.
By Russell on January 11, 2021
By phillipsdn on March 26, 2021
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The man the book was referring to was Elvis. At first I put it down to a spelling mistake. Then some pages later while still reading the introduction: 'On August 16 1997, Elvis died. and..' That was just the beginning, the introduction to the book.
The book repeats everything it has to say, at least once or twice or even three or four times. Admittedly not word for word, but none the less it is a repeat of what was often said but a paragraph or two earlier or even a chapter later.. The quotes that are taken from other books, are inaccurate and things that took place are not told as they actually were. The time differences are as they happened.
Conversations that took place are misquoted and mixed with other conversations. The quotes that are used are in accurate. All of that and that's before you reach the end of chapter four. The book is in reality, unfinished, it quite likely hasn't been proof read. Little wonder as stated in the book, that when trying to get the book published, the author was constantly turned down, eventually self-publishing.
(From this point I have felt compelled to make numerous edits having read much further into the book) The book would have made for an interesting read, but for at best being somewhat misguided. In the world of Elvis misinformation, this book will only serve to add to that. As of now I haven't finished it and I'm wondering if it is worth doing so. How can anyone enjoy reading a book that misquotes, is inaccurate. I have found it to be extremely distracting. Reading chapter 5, I found nothing that hadn't in one way or another been said in chapter 4 and since I first started writing this review has continued to be the case throughout the book.
I want to read a book, without thinking, 'Hmm, that sounds wrong, or appears to be a repeat of what I've just read. This book is n my honest opinion nothing more than a poor draft of an idea. It could easily be shortened. And to say that is is but one of four books I believe I read that the author has written. I won't be purchasing the other three. I regret purchasing this one, but the write up sounded pretty good.
And yes, I've likely repeated myself within this review, but I think that only serves to emphasises my point. This book is lacking and needs further research and corrections to be carried out. Stupid pictures, removed such as the supposed picture of Sun Recording 's studio floor. Whether it actually is or not, can in no way be proved. What purpose does it serve, you couldn't even use it to define the spot it's pointing too.
Having now read much further into the book, it doesn't improve. Much of what is said is incorrect. The author claims for example that Elvis had never performed in front of a live audience before Dewey Philips first played 'That's All Right,' on the radio. That is wrong, Elvis first did so as a youngster at the Mississippi State Fair,' where he sang 'Old Shep.'
Elvis also performed on stage at Hume's High School, where he won the school talent competition. The list just keeps growing and adding to all of what I've said previously. I wonder if the author has ever actually read any part of what he has written. This book is clearly unfinished, never been spellchecked properly or proof read.
As I have read further through the book, I have noticed text at the top and the bottom that is not clearly printed, making it difficult to read what is written. I'm not going to attempt to read anymore. I am returning the book to Amazon, it should never have been published in this state. I've been an avid Elvis Fan for over 50 years and I recommend that you do not purchase it. There are so many reasons for such a recommendation, that I'd have to write a book to list them all.