vendredi 9 octobre 2015

Why Read Elvis Presley Books

By Deana Norton

There may be uncountable books on the King, and maybe they are in the thousands. Elvis Presley books are always in high demand and new ones appear all the time out of nowhere. It is a subject of top interest indeed. Voracious readers will always have something new to devour about his magical life. There is always something else they want to know.

The young Elvis was an usher at the Loews State Theater in his neighborhood and was also a truck driver. As a matter of fact, Jailhouse Rock premiered at the very same cinema. He was born a twin, but his brother Jesse died at birth, leaving the impressionable child with a hole in his heart. He compensated by, according to his mother, having the energy of two people!

It is well known that he married Priscilla, a very young beauty at the time he met while in the military, and made a cool fortune. He also lost a lot of it with various bad deals. He was the victim of many a predator and was always surrounded by a blood-sucking entourage.

Many lived to tell his unseemly tale at the end in their own books. They remember his remarks about his money losses, "Don't worry about the money, I'll just go out on the road and make more." His last words allegedly were that "this is gonna be my best tour ever."

He made many films, not many of which were impressive. He had an opportunity it is said to star with Barbra Streisand in A Star is Born. Being forced by Colonel Tom Parker, his perennial manager, to turn down the role probably cost him a serious career in film (because Barbra would get top billing). But that is all water under the bridge.

There are many Elvis quotes floating around. His last words to his girlfriend, Ginger Alden, were something to the effect that he wouldn't fall asleep on the john. He is also quoted as saying to his cousin Billy Smith that "this is gonna be my best tour ever."

If you are looking for hidden meanings, they aren't in these books. It is the same story time and again about a Tennessee lad who made it bigger than big. But he was often lonely, even in a room full of people like his grand room at the Hilton in Los Vegas. You can see a note displayed at Graceland that reveals his soul, "I'm the only person I know who can walk into a room full of people and be alone."

Elvis' grave is found there at his homeland, alongside his mother's. Both had been moved from Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis in 1977 due to a grave robbery attempt. It's now all there at Graceland for his fans to see and experience. Elvis indeed has come home.

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