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    Elvis Books

    What would be your top ten best books bout Elvis Presley ?
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977


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    Last Train to Memphis
    Careless Love - both by Guralnick
    Me & a Guy Named Elvis - Schilling
    The Love Me Tender Years - Forsher
    Elvis A-Z

    hmm, I can only name 5 - I have a lot of picture books, that I've received as gifts,
    [I do love my Elvis Treasures ] and a lot of other books that I've yet to read. Am
    waiting to see others lists and see what I'm missing


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    Not necessarily in this order:

    Last train to Memphis, P. Guralnick
    Careless love, P. Guralnick
    Elvis at 21, A. Wertheimer
    Elvis day by day, Guralnick and Jorhensen
    Elvis and the Memphis Mafia, MM guys
    The Tupelo years, B. Burk
    The Humes years, B. Burk
    Elvis by those who knew him best, Clayton and Heard
    Elvis in the twilight of memory, J. Juanico
    Raised on Elvis, Elvis, Elvis!, S. Pichon
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    Excellent chocies everyone. See I created this thread, as I'm working on building my book collection and wanted to see what were most essential
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977


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    Peter Guralnick's books, Last train to Memphis and Careless Love, seem to be the most acurate and well researched. He includes quite a bit of information from many many other books in his 2 volumes. If you look through his list of references and people he interviewed, it is just amazing. There is almost no one Peter doesn't interview for his books and his meticulous work is very evident.

    Aside from Peter's book, I enjoyed Jerry Schillings book b/c he really comes off as sincere writing about his friend and the years they spent together. Jerry's really the most compassionate of the MM.

    I did read the body guard book, which was interesting b/c it was written while Elvis was still alive, while many of the tales were still fresh in the minds of those that shared them; however, they I am sure that they were embellished. I also read Elvis and the MM, but I also think many of the tales that were written are embellished, from the standpoint of who was telling the stories.

    Stick with Peter's books. You will feel as though you got the right angle of the story.
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    Favorite books on Elvis

    Elvis and Gladys, Elvis revelations from the Memphis Mafia, In the twilight of Memory by June Jaunico (not sure if that,s the correct spelling of her last name)Elvis and Me, Elvis,Why dont they leave you alone?Elvis last train to Memphis. O.K. Top 5, I'll get back to you on that.
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    for biographical information:

    Peter Guralnick Careless Love and Last Train to Memphis

    Elaine Dundee's Elvis and Gladys

    Alanna Nash's Elvis and the Colonel


    for pictures:

    anything by Al Wertheimer

    Elvis Unseen by Todd Slaughter (I think that's right, the uberfan)




    anything by any of the Stanley family should have the pictures cut out and the text tossed in the trash

    anything by any of the MM guys should be taken with a huge grain of salt - they all suffer from a very limited POV of "I was the only person Elvis could confide in"

    they all tend to make themselves more central and exclude or minimize everyone else

    so, you'd need to read several to balance them all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col Jon Burrows View Post
    Excellent chocies everyone. See I created this thread, as I'm working on building my book collection and wanted to see what were most essential
    All of the books that have already been listed of course....but I'm MOST excited about the little gem that you sent to me last night. I can't wait to get it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monk37 View Post
    for biographical information:

    Peter Guralnick Careless Love and Last Train to Memphis

    Elaine Dundee's Elvis and Gladys

    Alanna Nash's Elvis and the Colonel


    for pictures:

    anything by Al Wertheimer

    Elvis Unseen by Todd Slaughter (I think that's right, the uberfan)




    anything by any of the Stanley family should have the pictures cut out and the text tossed in the trash

    anything by any of the MM guys should be taken with a huge grain of salt - they all suffer from a very limited POV of "I was the only person Elvis could confide in"

    they all tend to make themselves more central and exclude or minimize everyone else

    so, you'd need to read several to balance them all
    I agree with your choices and conclusions.
    I read a lot of factual books to do with the death too. Not for everyone, but I enjoy them.
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    If you are only wanting pictures and not alot of detail then I have to go with "The Life of Elvis Presley" by Sean Shaver. It is stunning. I was lucky enough to win one on Ebay without having to take out a loan at the bank.

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    Peter Guralnick's books
    Elvis Close Up and also Elvis 56
    i like photo books so Live in LA, Starring in Oklahoma
    Elvis Unseen Archive
    Elvis A Celebration
    Elvis in His Own Words
    Elvis A-Z
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    Quote Originally Posted by utmom2008 View Post
    If you are only wanting pictures and not alot of detail then I have to go with "The Life of Elvis Presley" by Sean Shaver. It is stunning. I was lucky enough to win one on Ebay without having to take out a loan at the bank.
    WOW, this is one I still have yet to find. Still not giving up though, I keep an eye out for it on Ebay next time I come across it, in my price range that is, I'll most def. get it!
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977


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    Quote Originally Posted by utmom2008 View Post
    All of the books that have already been listed of course....but I'm MOST excited about the little gem that you sent to me last night. I can't wait to get it!
    I'm happy your excited about it my friend. Isn't it great we get so much joy out of the man after so long after his passing!!
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977


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    Quote Originally Posted by Col Jon Burrows View Post
    WOW, this is one I still have yet to find. Still not giving up though, I keep an eye out for it on Ebay next time I come across it, in my price range that is, I'll most def. get it!
    I'll keep my eyes and ears open as well and if I see one I will let you know ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utmom2008 View Post
    I'll keep my eyes and ears open as well and if I see one I will let you know ASAP.
    Thank you so much that would be greatly appreciated!!!!
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977


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    "The best of Elvis" by Cindy Hazen & Mike Freeman, is also a great little book.


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    My Favorites are, in perticular order
    1; Elvis by Dave Marsh ( 1992)
    2; the boy who dared to rock the difinative by Paul Lichter (1978)
    3; Elvis a study in music by Robert Matthew-Walker (1982)
    4; last train to memphis by Peter Guralnick (1994)
    5; Elvis a celebration by Mike Evans (2004)
    6; Elvis by Jerry Hopkins (1972)
    7; Elvis 56 by Alfred Wertheimer (1979)
    8; Elvis a-z by Albert Hand/Todd Slaughter (1976)
    9; Elvis in Hollywood by Paul Lichter (1975)
    10;Elvis Encyclopedia by David Stanley (1995)
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    i think" Elvis and Kathy "should be in that list.
    Joe K
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELVIS2001NET View Post
    i think" Elvis and Kathy "should be in that list.
    Joe K
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    Yeah thats on Amazon for $350.00

    Affraid it will have to wait......
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977


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