George Klein's is the worst book I've seen in a long time !
Speaking of books and some of the fiction that has been written in regards to Elvis and his world, I was just sent an excerpt from George Klein's book by a fan in Ireland.
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George Klein's is the worst book I've seen in a long time !
I recently read a review of this book in my local paper by Mike Householder from the Associated Press-here is the link to the review:
......"Elvis: My Best Man" also hits on the major points in Presley's life, including his marriage to — and divorce from — Priscilla Beaulieu; his time in the Army; his movie and music careers; and so on.
Klein unlocks the door to the King's court, but what he shows us isn't a tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll favored by other Presley biographers.His is a tribute and a welcome addition to the mountain of Presley books already on the market......
Work in Progress!
Shouldn't say that, huh? You all can decide. Everyone's different.
YouTube- KQK Better Be There Birthday Bash - George Klein talks about the upstairs of Elvis' Mansion (part 1)
YouTube- KQK Better Be There Birthday Bash - George Klein talks about the upstairs of Elvis' Mansion (part 2)
This review/article is what I complained about:
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Hearing GK "speak" on the radio makes me cringe. Time for retirement.
Sorry, back on topic now.........
I just received my copy of GK's book but haven't had a chance to dig into it yet...
HOWEVER, I figured it wouldn't be long before the other members of Elvis' inner circle came out to criticize the book...the other ones come out and take shots at the book!! That's what always happens every time one of these guys writes a book. I'm not saying GK is right, I'm not saying Marty is right...what I am saying is that you now have the Elvis story told from a different perspective. Since Elvis obviously isn't alive to give us the actual account of what happened, we have to rely on the stories from the guys around him. They certainly won't all be accurate (time unfortunately does cloud the memories) and some may embellish the facts surrounding events, but still...these stories are as close as we'll ever get to knowing the really Elvis Presley story.
Personally, I enjoy listening to GK tell his stories. Perhaps he does embellish his stories from time to time, but since I wasn't there myself, I enjoy hearing what took place as it's the only way I will ever know what happened!!!
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I'm three chapters in , haven't seen anything bad or that seems or sounds inaccurate yet. I've yet to see Marty give anything a thumbs up but his own book way back. Maybe Marty just comes off bad in print or something. They aren't in the same faction of the Elvis friends so I guess its to be expected. After he died, some of those guys went their own way , as if they weren't ever friends, maybe they weren't .
Marty Lacker says he's the one that talked Elvis into recording with Chips Moman not George.
He's tired of George Klein taking credit for things that he did that's why he spoke out against the book.
Sounds kinda silly to me Brian if thats the source of his problem. Life is too short neither one is going to profit from it now . There wasn't many people that got to be inside like they were for them to faction off and bicker like several of them seem to do . Seems like he has problems with a lot of guys whenever I read an interview with him he seems hacked off at somebody, but like I said, maybe he just comes off bad in print.
Just FYI: I do not like Marty Lacker ! We've never gotten along.
This is whether Klein can come along & rewrite history.
Was Elvis on the commode or sitting on his barber chair?
It's about the "truth." Do any of them know what "truth" is?
Plus the wild stories about Elvis they all now seem to like to tell as his "friend." Just to sell a book?
I'm beginng to think like many others. Elvis had no "friends." Very sad !
I've heard him on his radio show claim that he was the go between during the Elvis-Beatles meeting and that he designed the Aloha jumpsuits among other things.
If George Klein would shut up and quit taking credit for the 69 Memphis sessions Marty Lacker probably wouldn't say anything.
I would do the same if someone had written a book and claimed to have taken credit for something that i'd done.
IMO, GK's book is really innocuous.
Whatever perceived errors may have been made, it does not give the impression of anything intentionally under-handed or embellished for self-gain.
It is interesting to read what has been written by Marty Lacker in the ElvisNews.com article and then his description of 'that night' from 'Revelations'. And yet both accounts are from the same person.
And according to Careless Love* on recording at American in Memphis with Chips:
Felton Jarvis had traveled to Graceland to discuss the January recording session with Elvis. Several of the guys happened to be there.
Marty Lacker had just started work at American.
GK had connections with American - Chips had produced some records for a small label of GK's.
Red West had long-standing connections with Chips as a songwriter & occasional recording artist.
GK relays his thoughts, input and knowledge to Elvis about American.
ML relays his thoughts, input and knowledge to Elvis about American.
"Soon everyone was registering his support, even Felton, and in the end, as an informed source described it to Variety several months later,
"Presley's friends, Marty Lacker [and] George Klein, convinced the singer...so subtly that he finally 'came up with the idea himself.'"
*Source: Careless Love, pg. 326-327 - George Klein interview; Nash, Elvis Aaron Presley, pp. 444, 454; Marty Lacker et al., Elvis Portrait of a Friend , pp. 114, 187, Felton Jarvis interview; Variety, June 18, 1969 and other sources
So which account is correct??????
I guess its Reader's Choice again.
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With this I don't want to tell who is right or wrong but sure, when we read any of their book, we have to take a bit of distance. It's hard for us to know if facts went in that way...Elvis is not here. I only enjoy reading the story from different ponts of view and I only hope every member of Elvis entourage has the consciousness to say the truth, at least for the respect they must give to Elvis
there is a vast difference between a "different perspect" and telling all out lies. why lie, what is the motive behind it?? I don't know about anyone here, but if someone lies about me or a friend, I will defend the truth. I'm weird that way.