Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs

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Rowman & Littlefield, Feb 23, 2018 - Music - 308 pages
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Over the course of the last six decades, Elvis Presley has sold more than a billion records; his music has touched nearly every modern listener. Despite an avalanche of books on his life, there are, surprisingly, few about his musical creativity. In Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs, Mark Duffett urges readers to put aside the misleading stereotypes and rumor-filled debates about Elvis and listen once again to the legend who emerged from Memphis.

Elvis had a unique approach to music—one that was both powerful and versatile. In a career stretching across more than twenty years, Presley changed the face of popular music, drawing together genres—from country and blues to contemporary folk—and placing a unique stamp on all of them. Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs explores the full range of Presley recordings, from his earliest numbers to posthumous hits, combing through gold records and unpolished gems to distill the best that Presley has to offer.


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Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs

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In this energetic and insightful look at the songs of Elvis Presley, Duffett, a media professor at the University of Chester in the U.K., lists his “personal 100 countdown” of songs from the more than ... Read full review

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Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs by Mark Duffett is a real treat for all Elvis fans who love his enchanting and timeless songs that speak
for themselves. The book is a dedication to and a profound appreciation of the music Elvis created and will make people aware of his immortal songs. There are a lot of good insights in the book that throw light on the aura and genius of this great musician. The book connects with all music lovers, especially with the fans who want to get beyond the greatest hits and do not know quite where to start, and to those who might use it as an inspiration daily. Let's read the book to discover the author's favorite 100 Elvis tracks and enjoy his magnetic and supreme voice and songs.
Mark Duffett relives the memories of Elvis Presley by sharing the 100 songs that he likes and also gives an explanation of the music and what would have made the singer compose it. The book captures the soul of Elvis Presley and brings back nostalgic memories of the times when Elvis Presley represented something much bigger; Hollywood, family entertainment, and social conformity. I think all music lovers will be thankful to this author for giving them an amazing book on one of the greatest singers of all time and revisiting his famous songs. There is a great amount of research done and that is evident to readers. Reading this book is a good way to understand the music and American culture that existed during Elvis Presley's life. It is a well-researched book that will make readers never forget the music of Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley the man himself.


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Mark Duffett is Reader in media and cultural studies at the University of Chester. He is widely recognized as an expert on popular music and media fandom, a role cemented by the publication of his book Understanding Fandom (2013). He has edited two books and various journal special issues in his research area and published many academic chapters and articles. His expert comments have been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, TalkSport Radio, and on BBC World Service.

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