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News 2005

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December 8 : Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro by Joe Tunzi
November 25 : Elvis by Kjetil Rolness
November 19 : Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture by Douglas Brode
November 5 : Confederate Nation: Special Appearance by Elvis Presley by Michael Loyd Gray
November 5 : Elvis: The Complete Music Catalog by James, Tom and Michael De Medeiros
October 1 : Top Twenty Elvis Books - October 2005
September 18 : Lips by Byron Edwards
September 18 : Elvis Religion: Exploring the Cult of The King by Gregory L. Reece
September 17 : Sincerely Elvis by Beecher Smith
September 1 : Top Twenty Elvis Books - September 2005
August 28 : New book by Lew Allen
August 24 : Elvis Presley - Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth! [update]
August 14 : Top Twenty Elvis Books
August 12 : Elvis collection for sale
August 10 : Elvis: American Idol by Susan Doll
August 10 : Elvis - Tutta La Produzione Italiana Di Elvis by Maurizio Maotti and Augusto Morini
August 3 : Child Bride by Suzanne Finstad
July 24 : Sunrise to Sunset - The Ultimate Elvis Candid Book by Tom Salva, Russ Howe and Bud Glass
July 24 : The King by Jim Piazza
July 24 : Biografie van Elvis Presley by Tara McAdams
July 6 : Behind the Image, volume 2 by Bud Glass
July 6 : Various news
May 14 : N.Y. '72 by Elvis Unlimited
May 9 : Elvis and the Memphis Mafia by Alanna Nash
May 9 : That's Alright Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis' First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore by Scotty Moore and James Dickerson
May 6 : Candle In The Wind by Bill E. Burk [update]
April 10 : Graceland's Table by Ellen Rolfes [update]
April 5 : Inside Graceland - Elvis' Maid Remembers by Nancy Rooks
April 5 : Price of "second hand dealer" Elvis books soaring
April 5 : Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!: Photo's From the Heart by Sandi Pichon
April 5 : Elvis Presley - Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth!
April 5 : Inside Elvis Presley
April 5 : O Rei de Las Vegas by Waldenir Cecon
March 20 : Tarzan has left the building
March 20 : Revelations of the Memphis Mafia by Alanna Nash
March 16 : Most popular Elvis books on eBay
March 14 : Talking Elvis Volume 2 by Trevor Cajiao
March 14 : Essential Elvis Interviews by Andrew Hearn [update]
March 12 : Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers by Nancy Rooks and Jim Cox
March 12 : Conversations with Elvis by Suzanne Leigh
March 12 : Rarest Elvis books
March 12 : Elvis: The Documentaries by Joseph A. Tunzi
February 19 : Graceland's Table: Recipes and Meal Memories Fit for the King of Rock and Roll by Ellen Rolfes
February 16 : Elvis Films by Matej Krajnc
February 15 : Elvis by the Presleys by Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley, edited by David Ritz
February 8 : Elvis in Deutschland
February 1 : All Cooked Up: Recipes and Memories from Elvis' Friends and Family by Donna Presley Early, Edie Hand, Darcy Bonfils [update]
January 30 : All Cooked Up: Recipes and Memories from Elvis' Friends and Family by Donna Presley Early, Edie Hand, Darcy Bonfils
January 27 : Warman's Elvis Field Guide by Paul Kennedy (Editor)
January 27 : Elvis Aaron Presley - A Candle In The Wind by Bill Burk [update]
January 25 : Untold Gold The Stories Behind Elvis's #1 Hits by Ace Collins
January 25 : Like A Prince From Another Planet from Three Stars Inc. in Luxemburg
January 18 : Elvis - Behind The Image - Welcome To His World - The Book Volume 2 by Bud Glass
January 16 : Healthy Life, Great Looks, Healthy Hair! by Larry Geller [update]
January 12 : Elvis Aaron Presley - A Candle In The Wind by Bill Burk [update]
January 12 : Healthy Life, Great Looks, Healthy Hair! by Larry Geller
January 12 : Dewey and Elvis: The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay by Louis Cantor
January 2 : Elvis Aaron Presley - A Candle In The Wind by Bill Burk
January 2 : Happy New Year!

8 December

Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro by Joe Tunzi.


The next project from JAT Productions will be a book titled 'Elvis Presley as The One Called Charro' and should be out in early Spring 2006. This 96 page book will contain over 150 photographs in color and black & white and feature documents and text pertaining to the film. The first 1000 books will include a free collectors bonus CD.

Source: FECC / Elvis News / JAT Publishing

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25 November

Elvis by Kjetil Rolness.


The book "Elvis" by Kjetil Rolness will be re-released, five years after the release of the first edition, on November 25, 2005. A lot of people in Norway think it is "one of the best Elvis books ever written" according to the information we received from the Norwegian Elvis fan club Flaming Star.

Source: Flaming Star / Elvis News

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19 November

Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture by Douglas Brode.


Though Elvis Presley's music is widely credited as starting a sea change in American popular culture, his films are often dismissed as base marketing vehicles, commercially successful but insignificant. Beyond the formulaic plotlines and increasing reliance on weak songs, however, the films - and Elvis - serve as profound cultural touchstones, revealing changing American aesthetics more than a changing Elvis. Elvis's rebel image in 1956, as a guitar-swinging incarnation of Brando or Dean, had by 1969's Change of Habit become safe and sterile.

This work demonstrates how Elvis, through his films, reflected a shifting social, cultural and political landscape in America. Encompassing all 31 movies and two 1970s documentaries, it provides a film-by-film study of Elvis Presley and America, and argues that each film reflects the society for which it was made. Throughout his career, most of Elvis's characters combined rebellion with wholesome, traditional ideals, but the public's perspective changed, and what was considered radical in 1954 was called reactionary by 1970. Studied sequentially, his films reflect those cyclical ideals, and unconsciously portray America's process of renewal and redefinition of self.

The book will be released in Spring/Summer 2006 by McFarland Publishing. Paperback, ISBN 0-7864-2526-1.

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5 November

Confederate Nation: Special Appearance by Elvis Presley by Michael Loyd Gray.


Set against the backdrop of two oddly different nations co-existing side by side for more than 135 years - the United States and the Confederate States - Confederate Nation features a road trip throwing together 64-year-old Elvis Presley, retired porn star Wad Upshot, and Grail Hudson, a historian searching for a father he never knew-all while the two countries attempt reunification.

Released in October 2005 by iUniverse.com. Paperback 170 pages, ISBN: 0-595-36516-7.

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5 November

Elvis: The Complete Music Catalog by James, Tom and Michael De Medeiros.


The release of this book has been delayed to February 2006!
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1 October

Top Twenty Elvis books - October 2005

The Top Twenty List of best Elvis books for the month October is published.
The list is based on votes received for the books on this website. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for one or more books!

New on the list is Behind the Image V2 by Bud Glass.

The list is currently based on more than 700 votes. The first vote was received on November 2, 2003. To have an unbiased result, I set a limit to at least 500 votes before publishing the list. Also, only books which got more than 2 votes appear on the list.

The Top Twenty List will be updated every first day of the month.

Keep your votes and comments coming!

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18 September 2005

Lips by Byron Edwards.


Lips solves the mystery of a missing week in the life of Elvis Presley.

"On a bet, Elvis Presley and a "cousin" of his spend a week on the run. They are trying to evade capture by America's law enforcement agencies. How can the most famous entertainer in the world elude the police?
In a fun tale of adventure, the King of Rock and Roll escapes from Graceland, the Memphis Mafia and the detectives of the Memphis police department. He travels across America to a specific time and place in Mexico.
During the course of this lost week in the life of Elvis, he learns much about himself as a man. In October 1970, Elvis explores the ruins of a pyramid complex in Mexico - and himself.
Elvis' "cousin" doesn't expect to actually like Elvis Presley as a person. However, as he gets to know him, the individual, he finds that he grows quite fond of Elvis. Travel with Elvis as he attempts to avoid capture and learn what the man himself was really like."

Info: IUniverse, 200 pages, paperback, ISBN 0595365310. Release date: August 2005.

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18 September 2005

Elvis Religion: Exploring the Cult of The King by Gregory L. Reece.


"The first portrait of Elvis as religious icon From Graceland to Las Vegas, from fans to impersonators, from novels, films and popular music to internet websites, outsider art and tabloid conspiracy theories, the cult of Elvis Presley has, since his death, become ever more imaginative. Elvis Religion explores the frequently bizarre and weird - yet sometimes moving - phenomena growing out of this world and investigates what it is that has turned the King of Rock 'n' Roll into a god-like figure. Elvis, we discover, is found everywhere.

He is not just an icon for late night lonely hearts in Memphis, or Elvis impersonators on a Vegas stage, but is the inspiration behind the violent visions of movies like Mystery Train and Wild at Heart, the kitsch sanctuary of Graceland Too, the music of Kirsty MacColl and Paul Simon, and the internet church for whom he is a supernatural being who dwells in the constellation of Orion. Gregory L Reece makes a journey to discover the Jumpsuit Jesus for himself, which takes him into the heart of fan obsession. Along the way, he discovers that if Elvis Saves it is because now, more than ever, the Memphis Messiah seems like a prophet for our times".

Info: I.B. Tauris, 208 pages, paperback, ISBN 1845111648. Release date: March 2006.

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17 September 2005

Sincerely Elvis: An Anthology of Original Poems About Elvis Aaron Presley by Beecher Smith.


Elvis fans and poetry lovers alike will treasure this collection of thirty-seven poems by poets ranging from national award-winners and college professors to unpublished writers, all addressing the phenomenon of Elvis Presley. Each poem portrays some aspect of Elvis' life, his achievements, and how he affected everyone with whom he came in contact, touching their hearts with his magnificent voice, good looks, and irresistible personality. The reader will find poems of every mood, ranging from wildly humorous to reverently mournful. Overall the book is as upbeat as its cover, which features Elvis at his prime in the '68 Singer TV Special, smiling, wearing a black leather jacket, and playing the guitar. It will make a welcome addition to your collection of Elvis lore.

About the Author
Beecher Smith was Elvis Presley's personal attorney and still remains "of counsel" to the Estate. Author Stephen King calls him, "The only person who really knows that Elvis has left the Building." He is a past president of the Poetry Society of Tennessee, a past Poet Laureate of the Society, and a Fellow of the International Society of Poets Laureate. He has won numerous awards for his poetry and has been published in dozens of literary journals.

Info: Paperback, 96 pages, ISBN 0967166799. Release date: August 2005.

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1 September 2005

Top Twenty Elvis books - September 2005

The Top Twenty List of best Elvis books for the month September is published.
The list is based on votes received for the books on this website. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for one or more books!

New on the list is Behind the Image V2 by Bud Glass.

The list is currently based on more than 500 votes. The first vote was received on November 2, 2003. To have an unbiased result, I set a limit to at least 500 votes before publishing the list. Also, only books which got more than 2 votes appear on the list.

The Top Twenty List will be updated every first day of the month.

Keep your votes and comments coming!

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28 August 2005

New book by Lew Allen.

New Elvis photo book announced: Thanks to a strike by the newspapers in Cleveland Ohio the then 17 year old Lew Allen, writing for the school's magazine, was the only photographer to "shoot" Elvis during two performances in November 1956 in the Cleveland Arena. Just two days before Elvis' first movie "Love Me Tender" had premiered. These images of Elvis (and other rock and roll stars like Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka en The Everly Brothers) are currently on display in the "Birth Of Rock" exhibition which is part of the "Footsteps Of Elvis" exhibition.

Lew Allen informed Elvis News that next year a photobook with his images will be released through a UK publisher. According to Lew Allen his pictures, with one exception, have not been published before (but at least three are available on-line from poster shops).

Source: Elvis News.com

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24 August 2005

Elvis Presley - Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth!


Just released: "Elvis Presley - Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth" is a 250 page biography that delves deep into the 1974 "Summer Festival," Opening Night, Elvis' X-rated humor, The Priscilla Dialogue, John O'Grady, The Presley div-orce, Pat A. Parker's paternity suit, Ed Parker, his skill in the martial arts, why the movie magazines had Elvis so frustrated, Mike Stone's affair with Priscilla, The Drugs Dialogue, and much, much more. In addition to the 250 page softcover, you'll receive a 100 page E-Book.

Source: Elvis Club Berlin, www.elvisconcertmyths.com

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14 August 2005

Top Twenty Elvis books

The first Top Twenty List of best Elvis books is published. The list is based on votes received for the books on this website. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for one or more books!

Number two on the list is Born To Rock by Bud Glass. Which book is number one? Have a look yourself ...

The list is currently based on more than 500 votes. The first vote was received on November 2, 2003. To have an unbiased result, I set a limit to at least 500 votes before publishing the list. Also, only books which got more than 2 votes are included on the list.

The Top Twenty List will be updated every first day of the month.

Keep your votes and comments coming!

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12 August 2005

Elvis collection for sale

Due to sad circumstances a large Elvis collection is for sale. Philippe Rollin, a friend of mine, treasures the collection and lists the items on his website.

The collection contains CD's, magazines (among them two 'Hep Cats' issues from 1958), newspapers, playing cards, lobby cards, movie stills, tour photo albums and a large number of books. Just to name a few: Private Elvis by Diego Cortez; Encore Performance II, Encore Performance III and Enter the Dargon and other books by Joe Tunzi; Long Lonely Highway by Ger Rijff; On Tour With Elvis by Christopher Brown and The Atomic Powered Singer by Brian Petersen.

Have a look at the collection, maybe you find the item(s) you were still looking for!

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10 August 2005

Elvis: American Idol by Susan Doll

PUBLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL is working on a book called "Elvis: American Idol." It's being edited by Susan Doll, who has produced numerous great Elvis books for the publisher in past years: A Tribute To His Life (1989), The Films Of Elvis Presley (1991), Rock 'n' Roll Legend (1994), Portrait Of The King (1995), Best of Elvis (1996), Understanding Elvis - Southern Roots vs. Star Image (1998), and Forever In The Groove: Recording Career 50th Anniversary (2004). The book will be published in 2006.

Source: EIN, Bill E. Burk

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10 August 2005

Elvis - Tutta La Produzione Italiana Di Elvis by Maurizio Maotti and Augusto Morini


The Italian Elvis fans Maurizio Maotti and Augusto Morini compiled the book "Elvis - Tutta La Produzione Italiana Di Elvis" or in plain English "The Complete Italian Production Of Elvis" (ISBN: 8890122803). The 260 page book is a limited edition of 1000 copies and contains an overview of all Italian Elvis items. The discography contains the 78 rpm's, singles, EP's and LP's, other chapters deal with subjects like Elvis' movies and memorabilia. The book ends with a price guide.

Source: Elvis Club Berlin, Elvis News

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3 August 2005

Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley by Suzanne Finstad


This book will be re-issued by Three Rivers Press in January 2006. According to my information this is the fourth re-issue. The first was by Harmony Books in 1997. The covers of the first three releases can be seen in the cabinet.

The book is an unauthorized biography of Priscilla Presley, focusing on unproven and salacious allegations made by Grant Currie, a friend of Elvis during his military service in Germany. Finstad, an attorney, attempts to psychoanalyze Priscilla and members of her family.

The paperback has 400 pages with ISBN 0307336956.

Source: Crown Publishing Group

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24 July 2005

Sunrise to Sunset - The Ultimate Elvis Candid Book by Tom Salva, Russ Howe and Bud Glass


Announced in the book Behind the Image, volume 2, is a new book entitled "Sunrise to Sunset - The Ultimate Elvis Candid Book". Release date is set for January 2007 (!).

Source: Praytome Publishing

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24 July 2005

The King by Jim Piazza


New book scheduled for release in November.

From the publisher:

From his beginnings in a shotgun shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his untimely death at Graceland, Elvis's life story is stunningly revealed in detail, in words and hundreds of pictures, on a scale that dwarfs anything previously published.

Topics include his childhood and early career, his army years, his rise to superstardom, his Hollywood years (in this section each film is explored in detail and illustrated with stills and posters), Elvis in Las Vegas, his many women, and the industry that has sprung up around his image.

The lively text by Jim Piazza, author of The Academy Awards and Four- Star Movies, includes lots of inside information, behind-the-scenes gossip, and details every Elvis fan needs and wants. A discography, a chronology, and timelines round out this awe-inspiring overview of our most enduring and influential contemporary entertainer. And the eye-popping package--featuring a leather-like binding studded with rhinestones and gold and a lavish, energetic design saturated with color--will be irresistible to every Elvis aficionado, young or old. Every page is 255 square inches of Elvis!

Source: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc

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24 July 2005

Spraakmakende biografie van Elvis Presley by Tara McAdams


This collectable book was sold on July 9th only, together with the Belgian news paper "Het Laatste Nieuws".
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6 July 2005

Behind the Image, Volume 2 by Bud Glass


Just released: A full year in the making, and we have a special treat in store for you with this new release! If you liked the first BTI candid book, you will LOVE this one! Even more pages and more photos than the first volume! If you loved the stories and journal entries of Sandi Miller in vol. 1, you will get even more fantastic stories, and more incredible, unreleased photos in ELVIS BTI 2: WELCOME TO HIS WORLD!
520 PHOTOS ... 50 ILLUSTRATIONS ... OVER 140 PAGES !!!!
See Elvis from 1956 through to August 16, 1977.
- Unique hardback design
- Durable binding
- Premium paper with a special coating to resist fingerprint from adhering to the pages.

Source: Praytome Publishing

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6 July 2005

Various news

Since the last news flash in May, several new books were released. For a complete list of released and upcoming books, see Books in Print.

In May, most notable releases were Elvis by the Presleys, Inside Graceland and Dewey and Elvis. The last one did not get too much "airplay", but is one that definitely deserves a closer read.

In June, Bill Burk's book A Candle in the Wind was released, and Robert Gordon's book "The King on the road" was re-released. A record collector's guide edited by Paul Kennedy, Warman's Field Guide , also saw the light.

Just released a couple of days ago is Behind the Image, volume 2 , which seems to be even better than volume 1 (see above news item). For the rest of July you can save your money: no other releases are scheduled.

In August, "Graceland's Table" will be released. Read David Neale's review of a preview copy.

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14 May 2005

N.Y. '72 by Elvis Unlimited


On May 17 will Elvis Unlimited release a book and a CD titled N.Y. '72. The book will be on 32 pages and a collection of never before seen pictures from the press conference that Elvis held before his concerts in Madison Square Garden in June 1972. Beside the pictures from the press conference will the book also contain some text and informations about the shows plus some never before seen pictures from the shows them self. As a special bonus is a CD containing the press conference also included.

Source: Elvis Unlimited

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9 May 2005

Elvis and the Memphis Mafia by Alanna Nash


Here's the new cover of Alanna's book. It will be published in September 2005, and is a reissue.

Info: Aurum Press, 806 pages, paperback, ISBN 1-84513-128-2.

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9 May 2005

That's Alright Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis' First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore by Scotty Moore and James Dickerson


Scotty Moore's book was reissued in March as a revised and expanded edition.

Info: Schirmer Trade Books, 304 pages, paperback, ISBN 0825673194.

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6 May 2005

Candle In The Wind by Bill E. Burk


Bill E. Burk's long-awaited new Elvis book, Elvis Aaron Presley: Candle In The Wind is scheduled for release around 15 June. "Candle" is being released as a 8 1/2 x 11, laminated hardcover pressing, featuring more than 100 coated enamel pages. Bill advises that the book will contain 132 photos - 48 in color and 84 in b&w. Many are rare.

Source: Elvis Info Net, Bill E. Burk

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10 April 2005

Graceland's Table: Recipes and Meal Memories Fit for the King of Rock and Roll by Ellen Rolfes


The cover of this book has changed. For more info about the book and the old cover see the news entry of February 19th.

Details: Ruthledge Hill Press, hardcover, 240+8-pagecolorinsert, ISBN: 140160207X.

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5 April 2005

Inside Graceland - Elvis' Maid Remembers by Nancy Rooks


The book is available for pre-order in both paperback (1413454763) and hardback (1413454771) editions. You can order the book and read excerpts from the book on the Xlibris website.

Description: "If you wanted a picture of the life of Elvis Presley, who better to paint it for you than someone who worked as his trusted cook and maid at Graceland? Someone whose daily tasks centered around keeping the 'King of Rock & Roll' happy, whose every move was designed to please the greatest music legend the entertainment world has ever known. Here is that picture, as painted by Nancy Rooks. Nancy worked for Elvis from 1967 until his untimely death in 1977. Read her stories of what those years were like, of what the routines were at Graceland, and what it meant to be close to Elvis and his family on a daily basis. Read the sad account of her rushing upstairs, after a frantic call from Ginger Alden, and finding him on the bathroom floor. This book presents that picture, one that every Elvis fan will want to see."

Source: Xlibris

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5 April 2005

Price of "second hand dealer" Elvis books soaring

According to ElvisBookResearch, second hand book dealers in the US are steadily raising the price on hard-to-find Elvis titles. While many of the titles can often be bought on ebay for a smaller amount, a selection of second hand dealer prices are: The Life of Elvis Presley (Sean Shaver) US$199.00; Elvis At Graceland (Brixey) $185.00; Tiger Man - Elvis '68 (JAT) $250.00; Elvis In Focus (Shaver) $135.00; Elvis, Photographing The King (Shaver) $120.00; Elvis The Humes Years (Burk) $125.00; Elvis A King Forever (Gibson & Shaw) $140.00 and Elvis & Kathy (Kathy Westmoreland) $225.00. Meanwhile, there are now so many copies available of the once rare book, Elvis: What Happened? , that copies can be obtained from less than US$5.00 (plus p&p)..

Source: Elvis Info Net, ElvisBookResearch

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5 April 2005

Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!: Photo's From the Heart by Sandi Pichon.

Sandi Pichon, author of the book Raised On Elvis - A Look Back At The Good Times is currently working on her second book which is to be called "Elvis! Elvis! Elvis! Photos From The Heart". The book will be a 10 x 8 colour concert book and is also going to have a chapter known as "Kisses From Elvis". This chapter will be devoted entirely to the lucky ladies who received those coveted stage kisses. If you have a picture of yourself at the stage with Elvis and would like to be included in the book, you can send the author a private email (spichon@charter.net) and she will sent you all the necessary details.

Source: The Elvis Express, ElvisNews.com

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5 April 2005

Elvis Presley - Desert Storm: The Shattering Of A Myth!


This book is scheduled for release on April 25th, 2005. This A5 format softcover book will number 225 pages and feature two of Keith Alverson's never-before-seen photographs from the Closing Show. Fort Baxter's 2 disc set, Desert Storm, will be the primary focus but fifty pages have been allocated to the 1974 Elvis Summer Festival August performances. Important contributors to the project are Mike Eder, known for his work with Joseph Tunzi, and EPFC of Great Britain member Dennis Berry. Mr. Berry's account of what he witnessed during Desert Storm is compelling and a must-read. For more information about this groundbreaking biography, please visit the author's website at www.elvisconcertmyths.com.

Source: Elvis Info Net

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5 April 2005

Inside Elvis Presley

Due for release in the UK on the 19th September 2005 is a 2 DVD set and book, titled Inside Elvis Presley. The release claims to be the ultimate critical guide to the work of Elvis Presley, in concert, on record and on film. The press release states it will contain everything you ever needed to know about in an informative two disc and book set. The DVD documentary will featuring rare archive footage and commentary from a host of renowned critics in this definitive review of The King.

Source: The Elvis Express, ElvisNews.com

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5 April 2005

O Rei de Las Vegas by Waldenir Cecon.


The Bazilian fan club Elvis Presley's World Fan Club released the first book of the collection Essential Para Fãs (Essential to fans) last February. This collection of 3 books will be released yearly until 2007 and it will comprise Elvis' entire career. The first volume's title is "O Rei de Las Vegas" (King of Las Vegas). The book is written by Waldenir Cecon, it has 240 pages and it's all written in Portuguese.

Design
This books's cover is appelative with an Elvis' picture on stage over Las Vegas. Back cover has several Elvis' pictures on stage too. Inside we can find several Elvis photos (none new) and cd covers (official and imported ones) with Elvis' concerts in Las Vegas. All pictures are in black and white and, to me, the only negative point in this book is the picture's quality which isn't the best.

Content
The book starts with some brief autor notes to help the reader and to reveal what the next two books will include. O Rei de Las Vegas has 16 chapters, one for each of the 15 Elvis' seasons in Las Vegas between 1969 and 1976 and another one for the Lake Tahoe seasons. Each chapter is named after the song the author thinks marked the season. Each chapter starts with a little text and some pictures of the season. Then we have the complete list of each concert of the season, with its date, the kind of concert (opening, closing, dinner or midnight) and - when possible - the list of the songs Elvis sang. Then we have testimonials from fans who were there, the images that were made (by fans or not), official and imported cd's with the concerts (along with the picture of the cover) and the songs they include. To finish the chapter, there's a list of all songs Elvis sang during the season (even if he sang only one line), the jumpsuits, the musicians, the number of concerts and the number of fans in the audience. Lake Taho's chapter has a text about each season there between 1971 and 1976 and the list of the official and imported cd's, along with their covers and the songs included.

Conclusion
This small book (19x12,5 cm) is a in fact, a big book. It's very complete, with lots of information and very easy to look for information. Finally, there is a book written in Portuguese with all the information about Elvis' seasons in Las Vegas. To all the fans who cannot read English and to the fans who want all the information in the same volume, this is the ideal book.

This book has only 500 copies.

Source: Ana Henriques / Clube Oficial de Fãs de Elvis "Burning Star" / Ep.Gold.Com.

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20 March 2005

Tarzan has left the building. Article by Steven Price.

This is not the title of a new book, but there seems to be quite some discussion about the book "Tarzan Presley" by Nigel Cox, released in 2004 ...

"Why can't Nigel Cox's novel Tarzan Presley, in which pop icons Tarzan and Elvis are one and the same, be sold overseas?"

When Nigel Cox was writing his novel Tarzan Presley, a whimsical re-imagining of the Tarzan myth in which Tarzan grows up in the wilds of the Wairarapa and goes on to become the King of Rock'n'roll, he felt a prickle of concern. Copyright. "Could be an issue, Nigel," he thought. "But what was I going to do, write a letter to ... whom, I couldn't imagine ... saying, 'I think I might be going to write a book in which a character from one of your books might appear, though in radically changed form - is that okay?'"

Read more ...

Source: Victory University Press

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20 March 2005

Elvis and the Memphis Mafia by Alanna Nash.


This book will be re-released as a paperback in September.

Source: Amazon UK

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16 March 2005

Most popular Elvis books on eBay

ElvisBookResearch has released a list of the most popular Elvis books on eBay. They are: titles by Sean Shaver, Ger Rijff and Joe Tunzi; Elvis Paperdoll Book (St. Martin's Press, 1982); 1950 Humes High Herald; 1970 America's Ten Outstanding Young Men program; Elvis Aaron Presley Revelations of the Memphis Mafia (Alanna Nash); I Called Him Babe Elvis Presley's Nurse Remembers (Marion Cocke); and Elvis and Kathy (Kathy Westmoreland).

Source: ElvisBookResearch, EIN

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14 March 2005

Elvis Talk Volume 2 by Trevor Cajiao.

Trevor Cajiao is working on a second volume of his book Talking Elvis, which was released in 1997. Release date is not known yet. For more details see news item below.

Source: Essential Elvis UK Magazine Issue 39

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14 March 2005

Essential Elvis Interviews compiled by Andrew Hearn.


The interview book, which had a working title of "Elvis Talk", is now called "Essential Elvis Interviews". According to the lastest issue of Essential Elvis magazine, there are two reasons for the last-minute change:
'Firstly, we've been recently been informed that our good friend Trevor Cajiao is working on a second volume of his own book Talking Elvis from 1997. In an effort not to confuse the two books, we made a decision to chose a title that's not so familiar. Secondly, as it's such a great book, we wanted to incorporate the name of our magazine in the title. We are also proud to announce that guitarist John Wilkinson has written the foreword.'

Source: Essential Elvis UK Magazine Issue 39

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12 March 2005

Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers by Nancy Rooks and Jim Cox.

A new book entitled "Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers" is due for release soon. The book is written by Nancy Rooks and Jim Cox. The book tells the story of what it was like to work for Elvis, and to be at Graceland from 1967 through 1977 and beyond.

Source: Elvis-Express.com, ElvisNews.com, EIN

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12 March 2005

Conversations with Elvis by Suzanne Leigh.

Suzanne Leigh (Paradise, Hawaiian Style) is busy working on a new book, tentatively called Conversations With Elvis. It will be a collection of stories from celebrities about their interaction with Elvis.

Source: Bill E. Burk, EIN

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12 March 2005

Rarest Elvis books

ElvisBookResearch has released its latest list of the rarest (hardest to obtain) Elvis books (excluding photobooks). They are: Elvis The Sun Years The Story of Elvis Presley in the Fifties (Howard A. DeWitt); Return To Sender The First Complete Discography of Elvis Tribute & Novelty Records 1956-1986 (Howard Banney); The Sounding Story (Peter DeVecchi); A Century of Elvis (Albert Hand); Elvis From Memphis to Hollywood Memories of My Twelve Years with Elvis Presley (Alan Fortas).

Source: ElvisBookResearch, EIN

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12 March 2005

Elvis: The Documentaries by Joseph A. Tunzi.


Late spring of 2005 from J.A.T. Publishing comes Elvis: The Documentaries. Joseph Tunzi has put together a beautiful 125-page photo journal that will take you into Elvis Presley's two acclaimed documentaries, including That's The Way It Is, and Golden Globe winner Elvis On Tour.

In 1970, Elvis Presley was in the middle of the greatest musical comeback any entertainer ever experienced. The most exciting aspect of his returnwas his triumphant Las Vegas return to the concert stage. He decided that a film chronicling his live performances would be a way to convey where he was at today and entertain those who could not come out to see him. The resulting film was That's The Way It Is, a movie Elvis called his best in a decade.

In April, 1972, Elvis took off on his fourth tour of the 70's and the cameras went with him. The concerts and the film that resulted, Elvis On Tour, were rapturously received. Elvis On Tour remains the only time Elvis publicly reflected on his life and it was awarded the Golden Globe for best documentary of 1972.

Elvis: The Documentaries takes you behind the scenes during the making of these seminal films. With new facts on their production and over 135 unpublished photographs, Elvis: The Documentaries is an essential addition to everyone's Elvis library. You will see Elvis during rehearsals, in the studio, and onstage entertaining his friends and fans. J.A.T. Publishing has again created a book that will be both beautiful and informative. All J.A.T. products are strictly limited editions so order your copy today. Elvis: The Documentaries is an outstanding book that showsyou why Elvis was proud to have made these films.

Details: J.A.T. Publishing.

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19 February 2005

Graceland's Table: Recipes and Meal Memories Fit for the King of Rock and Roll by Ellen Rolfes.


Food Elvis loved to eat, food fans would cook for Elvis if they could and food celebrating everything Elvis - including Colonel Parkerhouse Rolls, Love Me Chicken Tenders and Blue Suede Berry Pie!

Graceland's Table is the first cookbook to be written with the full cooperation of Elvis Presley Enterprises. In addition to recipes for Elvis's favorite foods, the book will include photographs of Elvis at home and full-color food photos taken in Graceland for the book.

The 175 recipes in Graceland's Table will come from two sources: EPE's archives of Elvis's favorite recipes and Elvis's fans. The recipes from the fans will be solicited through EPE's electronic newsletter, its catalog, and the more than 400 fan clubs. Fans will submit a recipe they would have like to cook for Elvis should they have been invited to Graceland for a meal and to explain the reason for their choice. Fans will also be asked to submit recipes linked to a particular song or movie title or person in Elvis's life (e.g. Love Me Chicken Tenders, Colonel Parkerhouse Rolls, Blue Suede Berry Pie. Twelve recipes will come from EPE and over 150 from the fans.

The book will also have 35 B&W photos of Elvis and Graceland and 20 full-color food photos, trivia, and stories by those who knew Elvis such as Joe Esposito, member of the Memphis Mafia, Patty Perry, the only female member of the Memphis Mafia, and Marian Cocke, Elvis's nurse.

Details: Ruthledge Hill Press, hardcover, 240+8-pagecolorinsert, ISBN: 140160207X.

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16 February 2005

Elvis Films by Matej Krajnc.


First ever Elvis book from Slovenia.

Source: Matej Krajnc

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15 February 2005

Elvis by the Presleys by Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley, edited by David Ritz


"The most important and revealing book ever on Elvis Presley - by his wife and daughter.
Twenty seven years after his death, Elvis Presley remains one of the world's most beloved and iconic figures. There has been an impressive array of bestselling Elvis books over the years, but there has never been a book like this. Now, for the first time, Elvis, the man, husband father and artist, is remembered intimately and honestly by his ex wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie and other close family members. Including deeply personal documents and previously unseen family photographs, this lavishly illustrated book will also feature new interviews with family and friends by celebrated Rolling Stone founder, David Dalton. From personal diary entries to unearthed artefacts, Elvis by the Presleys is set to become a publishing phenomenon and will come closer than any other book in revealing the private dreams and truths of the extraordinary and complex man, who became the king of Rock and Roll."

Details: Crown Publishers (imprint of Random House Publishers), hardcover, 242 pages, ISBN: 0-307-23741-9 (US Edition). Pub Date: May 2005.

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8 February 2005

Elvis in Deutschland


The book that comes with the exhibition "Elvis in Deutschland" (November 21st 2004 - February 27th. 2005 in Bonn - Germany) will be published in the series "Zeitgeschichte(n)" by the "Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland". It contains a lot of information and memorabilia on Elvis stay in Germany.

Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis Info Net / Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

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1 February 2005

All Cooked Up: Recipes and Memories from Elvis' Friends and Family by Donna Presley Early, Edie Hand, Darcy Bonfils.

This book is a re-issue of the book published in 1998, The Presley Family and Friends Cookbook, as correctly spotted by Elvisinfonet.com.

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30 January 2005

All Cooked Up: Recipes and Memories from Elvis' Friends and Family by Donna Presley Early, Edie Hand, Darcy Bonfils.


The title first announced for this book was "Are You Still Hungry Tonight? More Of Elvis' and Friends' Favorite Recipes", but it has now been changed to reflect the difference with the book with a similar title, released in 1995: Are You Hungry Tonight? Elvis' Favorite Recipes by Brenda Arlene Butler.

Release date: October 2005

Details: Gramercy Books (imprint of Random House Publishers), hardback, 288 pages, ISBN 0517227134.

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27 January 2005

Warman's Elvis Field Guide by Paul Kennedy (Editor).


Announced some time ago, now the cover is available.

"The King is back. Collectors and fans will love this handy new reference of everything Elvis, with 300 classic photographs, a complete up-to-date price guide to Elvis collectibles including every record he ever made and an array of other fascinating information. No other guide to Elvis collectibles offers this much information in such a convenient size and affordable price."

Release date: June 2005

Details: Krause Publications, Paperback, 512 pages, ISBN: 0896891364

Source: Amazon UK

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27 January 2005

Elvis Aaron Presley - A Candle In The Wind by Bill Burk


Elvis Info Net (EIN) did an interview with Bill Burk about his new book.

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25 January 2005

Untold Gold The Stories Behind Elvis's #1 Hits by Ace Collins.


This book was announced some time ago, but now some more info is available from the publisher:

"The stories behind some of the most popular singles in history. The stories behind the luck, inspiration, and timing that brought hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "In the Ghetto," and "A Little Less Conversation" to life are told in this look at some of the world's most popular hits. Fans will be given the inside story of how these and other of the best known rock songs were written, why they were recorded, and how they became hits. Along the way, they will meet and get to know the men and women who wrote songs for the "King," follow the route these songs took to Elvis, and understand how he reshaped the songs to fit his vision. The author spent countless hours interviewing songwriters, digging through dusty charts, and listening to demos in order to uncover the great stories he tells here. Each song in this book is a commentary on where the world was and what was making it tick, making these songs as much a glimpse into the life of America as into the life of Elvis."

"Ace Collins is the author of many "behind the songs" books, including Hymns That Have Inspired America; Songs Sung Red, White, and Blue; and The Stories Behind the Traditions of Christmas. His best-remembered nonfiction work is Lassie: A Dog's Life, which was the basis for a PBS special and an ABC primetime Christmas special. Collins has appeared on such television shows as CBS This Morning, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. He has written magazine features for more than 100 publications and has won the Angel Award of Excellence for the nation's best inspirational magazine feature. He is also a three-time winner of the Golden Quill Award. He is the feature writer for Texas Music Magazine and the editor of World Evangelism."

Source: Independent Publishers Group

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25 January 2005

Like A Prince From Another Planet from Three Stars Inc. in Luxemburg.


Here is the cover art for the upcoming book Like A Prince From Another Planet from Three Stars inc. in Luxemburg. The books will be a 72 page full colour photo book. Including many rare and unpublished pictures of Elvis in the 1970's.
The book will be available from February 1, 2005.

Source: Lars Gjeding Elvis Unlimited / EPGold.com

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18 January 2005

Elvis - Behind The Image - Welcome To His World - The Book Volume 2 by Bud Glass


In 2003 Bud Glass and Praytome Publishing released " Elvis: Behind The Image" - The Book. The DVD with the same title was already released when the book came out but contrary to the rumours, the book did not contain snapshots from the concerts to be seen on DVD. The book, because of its style, layout and content, became quickly the queen of candid books. While the interviews on DVD try to bring a little light into the private life style of our man, the book continues to do so with its great pictures.

Today Praytome Publishing is proud to be able to announce the follow up to the first volume: "Elvis - Behind The Image - Welcome To His World - The Book Volume 2". The ideas for releasing the second volume were already revealed to Elvis Books a year ago (see here).

A new high quality hardcover book full of colour candids to feast your eyes on. Bud Glass has compiled more interesting stories about Elvis, taken directly from the diary of Sandi Miller. Again Russ Howe shares his collection with rare and unique Elvis pictures you've never seen before. While Volume 1 had the "California Homes" as a special highlight be surprised what Volume 2 will come up with!

Source: Praytome Publishing.

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16 January 2005

Healthy Life, Great Looks, Healthy Hair! by Larry Geller


On Saturday 15th January, Larry Geller held an authograph session for his new book in the Elvis Matters Shop in Turnhout, Belgium. I took one book from my collection to the session, but unfortunately forgot to take the other one from the shelf ...

Larry is author of three books on Elvis: If I Can Dream (released in several languages, here you see the Dutch version), Elvis' Search for God (with Jesse Stearn) and Elvis Spiritual Journey.

Source: Elvis Matters, Larry Geller.

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12 January 2005

Elvis Aaron Presley - A Candle In The Wind by Bill Burk


Bill Burk's new book will be titled "Elvis Aaron Presley - A Candle In The Wind". This new A4 size 100 pages coffee table book will mostly be a photo book with rare pictures Bill has been saving up for several years now. But it will contain several stories too; stories about Elvis and girlfriends, Elvis and police, Elvis and black entertainers, Elvis and co-stars, Elvis and the Memphis Mafia ... and the centrepiece, the untold stories.

The very first story in the book, which Bill got in August 1987, will be "the most unusual story of an Elvis concert you will ever read" as Bill Burk told us. He aims for a release in late February 2005, but realistically it could slip to March 2005.

Source: Elvisnews.com

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12 January 2005

Healthy Life, Great Looks, Healthy Hair! by Larry Geller


Here is the cover art of Larry Geller's new book "Healthy Life, Great Looks, Healthy Hair!". The book contains a lot of anecdotes and some rare pictures of Elvis.

Beside all this will the book also feature information about how to stay healthy and keep your hair in good shape.

Source: Elvisnews.com

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12 January 2005

Dewey and Elvis: The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay by Louis Cantor


The Red, Hot and Blue deejay who helped legitimize race music and introduce Elvis Presley to the world.

It all started in 1949 when Memphis's own WDIA became the first radio station in the country to switch to all-black programming. After WDIA went off the air, WHBQ decided to capture some of their newly discovered black audience by putting "Daddy-O-Dewey" Phillips--the most popular white deejay in the mid-South-- on a new show, Red, Hot and Blue. Although the show originally aired for just fifteen minutes a night, its impact was immeasurable.

While Elvis and Sun Records were still virtually unknown--and two full years before Alan Freed famously "discovered" rock 'n' roll--Dewey Phillips was playing Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters. Phillips is part of rock 'n' roll history for being the first major disc jockey to play Elvis Presley (and subsequently to conduct the first live, on-air interview with Elvis). Louis Cantor argues, however, for an expanded understanding of Phillips's role in turning a huge white audience on to previously forbidden race music. Phillips's zeal for rhythm and blues legitimized the sound and set the stage for both Elvis's subsequent success and the rock 'n' roll revolution of the 1950s.

Using personal interviews, documentary sources, and the oral history collections at the Center for Southern Folklore and the University of Memphis, Cantor presents a very personal view of the disc jockey while arguing for his place as an essential part of rock 'n' roll history. Loaded with anecdotes and insights about key figures, including Elvis's close friend George Klein and Sun Records's Sam Phillips, Dewey and Elvis will be irresistible to anyone interested in Elvis, the Memphis music scene, or the history of rock 'n' roll.

Source: University of Illinois Press

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2 January 2005

Elvis Aaron Presley: Candle In The Wind by Bill E. Burk

Bill E. Burk is releasing a new book soon. More information to come ...

Source: Elvis Information Network

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2 January 2005

A Happy New Year!

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