GILLIAN GAAR    Book Number: 85274    Product format: Hardback

In this authorised volume from the Graceland archives Elvis comes to life not only as a performing phenomenon with a unique voice but also as the boy with roots in Country and Gospel music who took time to create his distinctive style. The book opens with the famous meetings between Elvis and the Beatles, in which according to George Harrison, himself world-famous, the Fab Four were completely tongue-tied with awe. As a young man in Memphis Elvis was obsessed with music, visiting African-American churches to get the authentic Gospel sound. He saved up to fund a personal studio recording and finally in 1954 recorded his first professional session, breaking into his trademark unrestrained style with "That's All Right". Photos from this period show a good-looking rather shy young man, but over the following years as Presleymania builds up he assumes a more sophisticated image. By 1957 he was working on the films Loving You and Jailhouse Rock. Then came the draft, the move to Graceland and the death of his mother. During his time in the army Elvis met the 14-year old Priscilla Beaulieu who would later be his wife. In 1960 he released his first religious album, His Hand in Mine, to massive acclaim. The sixties saw a series of hit films, and photos of this era show him as a supremely confident star, posing in leathers in Roustabout or dancing with co-star Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas. In the seventies Elvis went back on tour until his death in 1977, with Graceland increasingly important as a refuge. A series of fascinating shots of the house show its combined luxury and practicality as a working space. Covers the soldier, country boy riding horses, having fun smiling and joking, charity work, Christmas songs and more. 9¾" x 11½", 192pp, colour and mono full page quality photos throughout.
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ISBN 9781780979571
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