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Jerry Hopkins's book

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Jerry Hopkins's "Elvis: A Biography" was the first book on popular music to top the U.S. bestseller list, and its sequel was equally popular. Long out of print, both books, along with a wealth of exciting new interviews, are brought together in "Elvis" to form the most exhaustive account available of the King's life. Telling the complete story of Presley's rise and fall, from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo through his musical development and emergence as pop's first superstar to his decline and death, the book explores Presley's singular appeal, his far-reaching influence, and his extraordinary legacy. Featuring newly published firsthand interviews with people close to Elvis -- including high school teachers, girlfriends, directors, agents, recording engineers, bodyguards, sidemen, karate instructors, medical professionals, and even his personal jeweler -- "Elvis" presents a comprehensive and amazingly intimate look at this cultural icon.



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First published in 1971 Hopkins’ original book "Elvis" was the very first serious biography on Elvis – and in fact one of the first serious biographies about anyone in "Pop Music".
When I first read it as a teenager I was incredibly impressed with all the details and revelations about Elvis’ life until then. The first book of course perfectly ended with Elvis’ 1970 return as the conquering hero and once again top of his game. It was also the only serious biography published during Elvis’ lifetime.
Hopkins’ sequel ‘Elvis: The Final Years’ was later published in 1980.


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I read it also as a teenager, at 16 years old in 1984 and reread it many times. Great book by a great writer. I became a fan of Elvis in a second. Too bad that Elvis didn't meet him to tell more stories and information about his career.


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I'm reading the original book again - no idea when I last read it, but it's very interesting to read something written while Elvis was still alive. Lots of talk about Parker's shenanigans, but he comes across as a guy who knows what he's doing. Elvis is portrayed sympathetically, although there are comments about his temper, and how he has trouble standing up to Parker. Next to nothing good is said about the movies, but Elvis' return in 1969/70 is recieved enthusiastically. It's also interesting to see who from the inner circle actually talked to Hopkins.


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tcb4 wrote:
Wed May 26, 2010 7:57 pm
Hello

Is it so good ?
Here is what i found about the book

Jerry Hopkins's "Elvis: A Biography" was the first book on popular music to top the U.S. bestseller list, and its sequel was equally popular. Long out of print, both books, along with a wealth of exciting new interviews, are brought together in "Elvis" to form the most exhaustive account available of the King's life. Telling the complete story of Presley's rise and fall, from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo through his musical development and emergence as pop's first superstar to his decline and death, the book explores Presley's singular appeal, his far-reaching influence, and his extraordinary legacy. Featuring newly published firsthand interviews with people close to Elvis -- including high school teachers, girlfriends, directors, agents, recording engineers, bodyguards, sidemen, karate instructors, medical professionals, and even his personal jeweler -- "Elvis" presents a comprehensive and amazingly intimate look at this cultural icon.



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