For the complete release schedule of 2009 see Books in print
December 27, 2009
The Tennessee Sheik by Megan M. Murphy and Henrik Knudsen
Elvis Unlimited is proud to announce their newest project, The Tennessee Sheik. This will be a hard cover photo
journal with over 200 unpublished and rare photographs of Elvis Presley spanning from the 1950's to 1970's.
The book will be written by Megan M. Murphy and Henrik Knudsen. This will be their first release of 2010,
followed by Inside Jailhouse Rock and a few other surprises! Please check here for more information very soon!
Elvis Unlimited /
It's Elvis Time
December 27, 2009
A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music by Max Decharne
"A Rocket in my Pocket" is the story of rockabilly music, the primal '50s howl of rockin' rage
that helped start it all. Rockabilly had its roots in country, blues, folk, hillbilly, R&B,
boogie-woogie and most other indigenous Deep South forms of popular song that you could strum
three chords along to or howl down a cheap microphone. It was young people's music, made almost
entirely by the first wave of teenagers, despised by adults in general and the country music
establishment in particular. Its pioneer exponent, Elvis, eventually become respectable in the
eyes of straight society but he was the exception. 1950s rockabilly was a spontaneous outburst
of spirited three-chord songs, tiny record labels, primitive studios, fiercely partisan audiences
and wild-eyed, driven performers who weren't even sure that their musical careers would last the
week. The book charts the rise (and fall) of the original '50s wave of rockabillies. It will also
follow the progress of the music, in clubs, on radio, TV and film, pinpointing the key record labels
and important regional centres, showing how fashions eventually changed and left rockabilly high and
dry, far too wild and primitive in an era of smoother sounds. Decharne traces the music to its
Max Decharne is a writer and musician. He has written about music regularly for Mojo magazine
since 1998, where he is their chief authority on the subject of rockabilly music, which he has
followed and played since the 1970s. His work has also appeared in the Sunday Times Colour Magazine,
the TLS and Bizarre, among others. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which, King's
Road - The Rise & Fall of the Hippest Street in the World, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
in November 2005.
Set for release in June 2010
(Serpent's Tail, paperback, 336 pages, ISBN 1846687217 / 978-1846687211).
December 27, 2009
Restless Giant: The Life and Times of Jean Aberlach and Hill and Range Songs by Bar Biszick-Lockwood
An in-depth look at the career of Jean Aberbach, legendary founder of Hill and Range Songs.
Restless Giant is a fascinating account of the life and times of Jean Aberbach, the elusive
music publishing legend who, with his brother Julian, built one of music history's most
powerful popular music publishing companies: Hill and Range Songs. During the 1940s and 1950s
music publishers, rather than artists and record companies, controlled the American hit-making
machine. Using corporate records, Aberbach's daybooks, and extensive interviews with top performers
and songwriters, Biszick-Lockwood weaves an adventure story that demystifies this occupation,
showing how Aberbach's keen insights, behind-the-scenes manipulations, and bold business moves
fundamentally changed the music industry and nurtured the careers of some of America's biggest
popular performers and songwriters.
The Austrian-born Aberbach brothers overtook their American competitors, capturing entire genres of
music to build a privately owned international "empire of song" while at the same time affording
songwriters unmatched control over their work. This business model resulted in more than three hundred
chart hits and the first-ever song royalties being paid to songwriters and performers including Bill
Monroe and the Sons of the Pioneers. Biszick-Lockwood also brings new, intriguing material to the
story of Elvis Presley, who shared ownership with the Aberbachs in two music publishing companies
throughout his entire career.
"A detailed and engaging account of music publisher Jean Aberbach's long life and the musical empire
he built with his brother Julian. In telling the story of Hill and Range Songs, Biszick-Lockwood puts
the emphasis right where it should be: on the innovations and forward thinking that made Aberbach's
great success possible."--Ronnie Pugh, author of Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour
Bar Biszick-Lockwood founded Music Access, Inc., the first national service bureau for music clips,
and she helped establish the nonprofit World Music Institute. She lives in Redmond, Washington, where
she works as a program manager at Microsoft.
Set for release in March 2010.
(paperback, 304 pages, ISBN 0-252-07694-X/978-0-252-07694-7).
(hardback, 304 pages, ISBN 0-252-03507-0/978-0-252-03507-4).
University of Illinois Press
August 23, 2009
Elvis Presley e o Cinema Musical de Hollywood by Jorge Carrega
"I would like to inform your site of the publication of the first portuguese book about Elvis Presley
film career. The book is entitled "Elvis Presley e o Cinema Musical de Hollywood" and was published in June this year.
I am the author of "Elvis Presley e o Cinema Musical de Hollywood", a book that was born as a thesis for my Master
Degree in Film and Literature. The book has been very well received by portuguese and brazilian fan clubs and
deserved a special mention in one of the most popular portuguese newspapers,
Correio da Manha.
"Elvis Presley e o Cinema Musical de Hollywood" is 132 pages long, 32 B/W and color photos and a preface by
Professor Mirian Tavares of the Algarve University.
I Hope this information is useful for your site. I believe that my book is not only relevant as an academic study
of Elvis movies but also important for being the first portuguese book about Elvis film career."
August 23, 2009
Mehr als Elvis: 60 Jahre Amerikaner in Hessen
A new 288 pages book will be published on the exhibition "Mehr als Elvis: 60 Jahre Amerikaner in Hessen"
(More than Elvis: 60 Years Americans In Hessen") in the Capri-Club (the former Ray Barracks) in Friedberg Germany.
The book has the same title as the exhibition an contains 300 images - partly unpublished - and documents
the history of the Americans in Hessen in seven themes.
Elvis Club Berlin,
April 4, 2009
Memories of Elvis by Terri Cluff and Beckylyn Sheeley
Released in March is the book "Memories of Elvis" by Terri Cluff and Beckylyn Sheeley.
From the publisher:
"While talking to ordinary people, we asked a simple question, “What are your memories of Elvis?” The responses varied greatly.
Some people got excited about the topic and others went into deep thought. Some people spoke off the cuff and their responses
were funny or even odd, while others answered after having thought it through. Several people commented about the mystery of his
death. We took these ideas and made them our own by writing journal and diary entries from them. They came from people of all
walks of life—young and old.
We believe that he is truly still alive in our hearts, minds, and souls and culture. We are not ready to let him go as an American icon.
After all, we do see him all the time. He was even recently on the cover of the Rolling Stone."
April 3, 2009
Inside Blue Hawaii released
After a delay in the original release date (first announced for last December), 'Inside Blue Hawaii' is now shipped by Elvis Unlimited.
The reason for the delay is that on the last moment, newly discovered and never before seen footage of Elvis on the set popped up.
This footage is now included in the box.
Elvis Matters /
January 29, 2009
Elvis book and magazine releases in 2009 by EIN
Elvis Information Network (EIN) has added a great new
book section to their website.
On that page you will find information about Elvis related books and magazines due for release in late 2008 and 2009.
January 24, 2009
Inside Blue Hawaii delayed
The new release in the 'Inside' series was announced for last december,
but will come out in mid february. Publisher Elvis Unlimited announced that
the delay is because they discovered a lot of new and unseen pictures,
together with 8mm color footage that will be included in the book and dvd.
January 16, 2009
Treasured Memories Of Elvis by Judy Palmer
Treasured Memories of Elvis by Judy Palmer is the story of her experiences
as a Elvis Presley fan club president (The Kissin' Cousins); meeting Elvis,
attending many of his shows and participating in some of the key moments of
his career, from 1965 to 1976. This photo, the book cover, was taken in 1972
during the Elvis Summer Festival at the Las Vegas Hilton. She considers her
photos of this engagement as her best work. No one has ever seen all her
photos in one book, in context with her stories. Judy is an enthusiastic
storyteller and remembers her moments with Elvis in great detail. Treasured
Memories of Elvis will be a hard cover, 8’’ by 10’’, full color book with
approximately 100 pages and over 125 photos, nearly all the photos are of Elvis Presley.
Memphis Explorations will release her book in the spring 2009.
January 15, 2009
The Top Ten Elvis Books by Robert Fontenot
Robert Fontenot, About.com has compiled his list of the Top 10 books
released about Elvis. While not everyone will agree with Robert's list,
it makes for interesting reading:
Since Elvis Presley was not only the "King" but also arguably the most
famous entertainer of the 20th century, there are of course books (ghost)
written about him by everyone, it seems, who ever met the man. And his
significance in music history has led to endless print discussions of him
as a musician, celebrity, and icon. But Elvis was also the most aggressively
private star of his time, difficult to know even by those who knew him best.
These books attempt to understand him from all angles.
Elvis by Dave Marsh
Last Train To Memphis and
Careless Love by Peter Guralnick
That's Alright, Elvis by James Dickerson and Scotty Moore
Elvis Day by Day by Peter Guralnick
Elvis: A Radio History From 1945 to 1955 by Aaron Webster
Elvis! Elvis! Elvis! The King at the Movies by Peter Guttmacher
The Girls' Guide to Elvis by Kim Adelman
The Death of Elvis by James P. Cole, Charles Thompson
Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession by Greil Marcus
The Elvis Treasures by Robert Gordon
Read the full details at
January 4, 2009
Starting in January 2009, "A Life in Books" will present every month a special on a
certain topic. The topic in January is
The "Elvis Special" is an annual yearbook which was published by Elvis Monthly magazine
from 1961 to 1984.
January 4, 2009
The Book of the King In King James English by William D. Bevis
On the day that Elvis would celebrate his 74th birthday,
author William D. Bevis will publish the first chapter of a new
book online. The book will be only available to read online.
On the link below, you'll find a new chapter every week. At the
end of the year, the first part of what has to become a trilogy,
will be finished. The concept of the book is somewhat special. The
writer will use the 'King James Bible', the version that Elvis prefered,
as a source for the new book. Although it will go about Elvis, his name
will not be found in the book and Bevis will use only words and text that
are printed in the King James Bible.
The Book of the King In King James English
Source: William D. Bevis /
January 4, 2009
Dixieland Delight - video teaser
Finally, to mark the first day of 2009, Bud Glass Productions and Praytome
Publishing are proud to present the first glimpse of the upcoming DIXIELAND DELIGHT
production in this "teaser" video trailer:
with more news of the release available at the official website:
Source: Bud Glass
January 2, 2009
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture - Vol. 12: Music by Bill C. Malone
Southern music has flourished as a meeting ground for the traditions of
West African and European peoples in the region, leading to the evolution
of various traditional folk genres, bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, rock,
blues, and southern hip-hop. This much-anticipated volume in The New
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates an essential element of
southern life and makes available for the first time a stand-alone
reference to the music and music makers of the American South.
With nearly double the number of entries devoted to music in the original
Encyclopedia, this volume includes 30 thematic essays, covering topics such
as ragtime, zydeco, folk music festivals, minstrelsy, rockabilly, white
and black gospel traditions, and southern rock. And it features 174
topical and biographical entries, focusing on artists and musical outlets.
From Mahalia Jackson to R.E.M., from Doc Watson to OutKast, this volume
considers a diverse array of topics, drawing on the best historical and
contemporary scholarship on southern music. It is a book for all
southerners and for all serious music lovers, wherever they live.
The University of North Carolina Press
January 1, 2009
A Happy New Year!