Elvis for Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 5, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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The ultimate introduction to the life and works of the King Want to understand Elvis Presley? This friendly guide covers all phases of Elvis's career, from his musical influences as a teenager in Memphis and his first recordings to his days at Graceland and the mystery surrounding his death. You'll discover little-known details about his life, appreciate his contributions to music and film, and understand why his work still resonates with so many people today. Explore Elvis's musical roots -- see how Elvis's childhood and his Southern background influenced the development of his sound Trace the beginnings of his storied career -- be there as Elvis makes his first recordings for Sun Records Relive the magic -- experience the frenzy and excitement that surrounded Elvis's entrance to the national music scene Take a fresh look at Elvis's films -- understand the misconceptions surrounding Elvis's Hollywood career Watch as Elvis reinvents himself -- witness his comeback to live performances, culminating with an historic act in Las Vegas Open the book and find: The significance of the major events in Elvis's career Meanings behind Elvis's music The controversy over his musical performing style Career highlights that no other performer has accomplished A typical Elvis concert -- what it was like and what it meant Details on Elvis's television appearances The many ways fans keep Elvis's memory alive An appendix of the important people in Elvis's life

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Susan Doll, PhD, is the author of numerous books on Elvis Presley. A film instructor with 20 years of experience teaching at the college level, she writes extensively on film and popular culture. Doll currently works as a researcher and writer for Facets Multi-Media in Chicago and writes regularly for the Turner Classic Movies Web site.

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