Well 0349054, if you are appalled by Hopkins book, then DON'T EVEN GO NEAR Albert Goldman's book!!!!
One of my favorite quotes from Hopkins book in the March - April, 1977 section is "At some concerts, Elvis performed like an old man. At times it seemed he had only the loosest control of his voice and muscle coordination. He dropped lyrics, mumbled introductions and very nearly *stumbled* around the stage." Well, if all of that is true, then WHY was Elvis still the TOP CONCERT DRAW during the final week of May, 1977 for his performance in Philadelphia?? The TOP CONCERT DRAW...beating out all of the contemporary artists of 1977....ELVIS WAS NUMBER ONE!!! Obviously his shows weren't nearly as horrible as Hopkins would like you to believe!! Now, I'm not saying that some of Elvis' shows in 1977 were sub-standard shows....but in my opinion, a majority of the shows don't even come CLOSE to Hopkins description!! All one needs to do is listen to the SPRING TOURS '77 FTD CD to realize that Elvis was still making some darn fine music and putting on some excellent shows during the final few months of his life! As I said, Elvis clearly was dealing with many different issues in 1977, and not every performance was perfect, but I still feel the good generaly outweighed the bad for the most part!
Just my humble opinion though....