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The World According To Elvis
Flowers, Clare (2003)

Michael O'Mara , London (UK)
ISBN 1-84317-031-0 , 162 pages
hardcover , 20.4 x 13.6 x 1.7 cm , 0.336 kg

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There's more Elvis Presley in this book than you ever knew - perhaps more than you ever wanted to know, unless you steadfastly believe that the King is still alive. This is a book for diehard Presley fans.
It's also the kind of book to put on your coffee table, especially if it's one of those kidney-shaped Formica styles that matches the kitschy leopard-skin sofa and velvet paintings which fill the rest of the room.
Every one of the 182 pages of pictures and text shows a new and intimate facet of the young Elvis Presley, a man on the brink of becoming a household name.
The year was 1956, and RCA Victor records had just purchased Presley's recording contract from Sun Records. Elvis made his first TV appearance in early 1956, shocking the older generation with his gyrating hips and bad-boy demeanor. He also made his acting debut that year, in the landmark Elvis film, Love Me Tender.
The book contains over 100 previously unpublished black and white photographs, all blown up to full-page glory.
You will see Elvis in his many moods: Elvis eating, Elvis reading, Elvis taking off his shirt (in various stages). The pictures were snapped in August 1956 at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Los Angeles by Ed Braslaff, a now-deceased photographer who won many awards in his lifetime for his candid style of depicting celebrities. Some of them are crystal clear in quality, while others have an artsy, grainy quality.
All of them make you feel like you're eavesdropping on the King's private moments.
The text sections at the end of the book are a bonus. They provide an almost day-by-day account of Elvis' life in 1956, plus complete information on all Presley's concerts, live and TV performances and record releases in that career-making year. There are also month-by-month excerpts from newspaper and magazine articles about the King's rise to the rock 'n' roll throne.
Elvis: 1956 Reflections is an impressive book, especially for loyal Presley fans. It's the next-best thing to a pilgrimage to Graceland.

By ANNE ALEXANDER -- Edmonton Sun

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05 February 2005

This book has been rated by 2 person(s), 1 of them have read this book.
Their average rating is 4.0.
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" this is an easy to read paperback for a long journey in a train or a plane, and you can learn a bit about Elvis and people connected to his story, I gave it a 5. MB. "