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drjohncarpenter wrote:Thanks for the share. Just a single page and a tiny photo from 1974. Interesting.
And so the dam was about to burst, with intimations of sex and drugs. To this day I question why Elvis or management did not step in to stop the publication of the "bodyguard book." There is no way someone who wielded power the way Tom Parker did from the minute Presley hit the big time in 1956 suddenly forgot his hammer. This thing should have been put to bed in the fall of 1976, and perhaps followed by a quantum change in philosophy in how to deal with the star and his health issues.
But instead it snowballed in 1977, and everything went to hell. It's such an awful, crash-and-burn ending, it hurts to think about it.
I didn't know that there was an attempt to buy them off.So that's probably why the Colonel didn't try.elvisjock wrote:One would think that, after John O'Grady's failed attempt to buy the guys off, Colonel and Hookstratten would have found another way to stop the project. Could it be that Parker bought into the idea that the book might motivate Elvis to get clean?
One of the problems inherent in understanding the star/manager relationship is that their conversations (which were very rare by 1976) took place in private. We don't know what they talked about, and each of them went back to their respective camps with their own spin on the subject matter.
This could all be true, but I suspect Elvis naively thought it would not be published, or management would wave their magic wand. It didn't happen.jurasic1968 wrote:Vernon didn't think one second that by firing Sonny, Red and Dave he will build a tsunami. And in October 1976 when Elvis spoke to Red on the telephone, he did nothing to convince Red to stop the book. The Colonel? He did nothing because he didn't care about Elvis personal problems, but only about the money.