Elvis Presley: A Biography (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 140 pages
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Almost 30 years after his death, Elvis Presley remains one of the most influential performers and recognized pop culture icons the world over. His then-unprecedented musical style-a fusion of blues, country, pop, bluegrass, and gospel-ushered in the age of rock n' roll and paved the way for generations of musicians and singers to follow. This biography will offer a seldom seen glimpse into the life of Elvis, tracing his family life, musical career, films, and legacy. The volume closes with a timeline and bibliography.

Not only did Elvis usher in a new genre of music, he also came to represent the growing dissatisfaction young people had with the mores and conventions of the restrictive 1950s. At a time when the top pop stars were Pat Boone and Andy Williams, Elvis' blatant sensuality on stage and his smoldering presence off it made him the anti-establishment poster boy. This biography offers a seldom seen glimpse into the life and career of Elvis, tracing his family life, musical career, films, and legacy. Today, the King lives on in popular culture-on Top 20 lists, in film and television, on the radio, in cyberspace, and yes, even in the countless performances by Elvis impersonators throughout the world.

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Presley Family Tree
1
Chapter 2 A ShortLived Honeymoon
11
Chapter 3 A Growing Passion for Music
21
Chapter 4 The Road to Memphis
31
Chapter 5 First Love
41
Chapter 6 Chasing the Dream
51
Chapter 7 Honing the Talent
61
Photo essay follows page 68
68
Chapter 10 Lights Camera Action
89
Chapter 11 Loss
97
Chapter 12 A New Woman of the House
109
Chapter 13 Walking a Fine Line
119
Chapter 14 A Tragic End
127
Further Reading
137
Index
139
About the Author
141

Chapter 8 Painful Lessons
69
Chapter 9 Breaking Through
79

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About the author (2007)

KATHLEEN TRACY is a Los Angeles-based journalist. She is the author of over 20 titles, including The Boy Who Would Be King: An Intimate Portrait of Elvis Presley by His Cousin (1990). Her work has also been featured in A&E Biography Magazine and Variety.

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