Elvis: The Biography

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Plexus Publishing, Limited, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 412 pages
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Jerry Hopkins's Elvis: A Biography was the first book on popular music to top the U.S. bestseller list, and its sequel was equally popular. Long out of print, both books, along with a wealth of exciting new interviews, are brought together in Elvis to form the most exhaustive account available of the King's life. Telling the complete story of Presley's rise and fall, from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo through his musical development and emergence as pop's first superstar to his decline and death, the book explores Presley's singular appeal, his far-reaching influence, and his extraordinary legacy. Featuring newly published firsthand interviews with people close to Elvis ? including high school teachers, girlfriends, directors, agents, recording engineers, bodyguards, sidemen, karate instructors, medical professionals, and even his personal jeweler ? Elvis presents a comprehensive and amazingly intimate look at this cultural icon.

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Elvis by Jerry Hopkins is a well known "instant classic" to Elvis Presley Fans Worldwide since it's debut in 1972. However, the true test of a book/novel is how it stands the "test of time".
Well
, after reading this book "cover to cover" approximately 37 years after it's original release (and remembering reading it when it was initially released) I can attest that not only does it stand the "test of time"...it has actually INCREASED in "personal enjoyment" and I am a VERY harsh critic concerning anything related to Elvis Presley.
We have to give credit to Jerry Hopkins for going directly to the sources for his account of Elvis' life. There is something "magical" and "real" about an Author who takes the time (and energy and monetary expenses) to travel around the United States in pursuit of...the truth. Thus, I say aloud to Jerry Hopkins...JOB WELL DONE.
Elvis, the book, is an exciting read from cover to cover. It is detailed and it is sequenced but it never loses sight that Elvis was a son, a man, a solider, a husband, a father, a friend, an entertainer, and more.
I LOVE this book and I encourage anyone/everyone, Elvis Fan or not, to pick up this book with the warning that once you start page 1 it is a "hard to put down" book.
Elvis by Jerry Hopkins is not "sugar coated" and it will appeal to those age 9-90. To diehard Elvis Presley Fans and to those who only know of Elvis by "third hand osmosis".
The only thing that is lacking in this book is simply a selfish...wanting more. Wanting to relive that time, in 1972, when Elvis lived/breathed the air of this life and was touring "around the States" making the women scream - the kids sing - and the men happy for he was a "mans' man".
Elvis was happily married, having a great career, was in good shape, and was in the prime of his life in 1972. Man, how I (and many others) took that time for granted never knowing/realizing that Elvis would only be with us for another (5) five years.
Not a day/moment of a day goes by when I don't think of Elvis and miss him with every cell of my being. Elvis, by Jerry Hopkins remains a "safe place" to return to concerning Elvis...time and again.
THANK YOU to Jerry Hopkins for this great work. Even though you had an excellent "subject" the fact remains that you provided us with insight into a man who has been written about, discussed, photographed more than 99.9% of anyone else in History. Yet, the story you tell in this book is...remarkable.
Elvis by Jerry Hopkins deserves an excellent rating and it deserves to be in your "Elvis Collection" now...and forever.
Thanks for reading this review. Take care and God bless.
Jeffrey Schrembs
www.ElvisCollector.info
 

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About the author (2010)

Jerry Hopkins was born Elisha Gerald Hopkins in Camden, New Jersey on November 9, 1935. He received a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He wrote for The Twin-City Sentinel in Winston-Salem, The Village Voice in New York, and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In the early 1960s he was a writer-producer for PM East, a television talk show hosted by Mike Wallace, and a talent booker for the syndicated Steve Allen Show. In 1966, Hopkins and a partner opened Headquarters, a shop that sold drug paraphernalia in Los Angeles. He was also writing freelance articles for various publications when he responded to a 1967 ad in an early issue of Rolling Stone asking for submissions of music reviews. He became a music writer for Rolling Stone magazine and became the magazine's London correspondent in 1972. He wrote for Rolling Stone for about 20 years. He wrote several biographies of musicians including Elvis: A Biography, No One Here Gets Out Alive with Danny Sugerman, and Behind Closed Doors. He also wrote books and articles about exotic food, sex, travel, hula, and Hawaiian musical instruments. His memoir, The Ultimate Fish, was published in 2014 and focuses on his relationship with a transgender prostitute. He died of heart failure on June 3, 2018 at the age of 82.

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