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Peter Silverton
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The thirteenth (and last) top Elvis book (in my list anyway) Elvis Presley, A Life In Music: The Complete Recording Sessions, by Ernst Jorgensen Danish-born Ernst Jorgensen wrote his first version of this book way back in the 1970s. At the time, he was just...

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Elvis best books number eleven The Truth About Elvis by Jess Stearn with Larry Geller   I put this in for two reasons . One, a book written by a hairdresser-cum-spiritual-adviser is simply irresistible — its vulgarity is its grace. Two, it has this fabulous...

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Elvis books eleven The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Elvis by Mick Farren   As Farren points out in his introduction, he first heard Elvis in 1956 and has never been the same since. It’s an alphabetical catalogue of Elvisiana. Where else would you see — recorded wi...

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Top Elvis book number eight Elvis ’56: In The Beginning by Alfred Wertheimer   A 26-year-old photo-realis t employed by RCA to take candid promo shots of their new star, Wertheimer made 3,800 photographs of Elvis over a period of two years. The best of them...

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Elvis top books, number nine Private Elvis by Diego Cortez   The first arty wacko Elvis book, it came out soon enough after his death to retain a breath of originality. The book was launched, in New York, with a real downtown art show — everyone dressed in ...

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Elvis book eight  The Elvis Reader: Texts And Sources On The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll, ed. Kevin Quain A collection that successfully straddles an uncomfortable divide — academia and journalism. It includes both some of the best well-known writing on Elvis — e...

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Elvis bestest books number seven The Two Kings by AJ Jacobs  In 1974 , according to his hairdresser, Elvis said he believed he was Jesus Christ. This beauteous blasphemy of a book highlights the ‘uncanny’ similarities between Elvis and Jesus . ‘Jesus was a ...

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Best Elvis books ever: numbers five & six Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick The definitive biography in two volumes, as warm and loving as Goldman is bitter an...

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Elvis top books: number four Elvis In His Own Words by Mick Farren and Pearce Marchbank, Omnibus, 1977 A quickie post-death book of real quality. Lots and lots of black and white photographs, arranged and displayed by one of Britain’s best graphic designers...
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