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Elvis Australia wrote:He did not die because of the book. And unlike some fans, Elvis would have forgiven and forgotten long ago had he not died.
Elvis Presley: Junk, junk food junk prose (pulpitations for all)
Mick Farren, NME, 15 October 1977
Red West, Sonny West, Dave Hebler, as told to Steve Dunleavy: Elvis – What Happened?
THERE'S SOMETHING morbidly fascinating about reading the intimate details of how the unique freak out in the face of their uniqueness. Whether it's Hitler throwing fits in the bunker, or Caligula's idea of a good time, we just have to know what it's like. There's not much social merit in this kind of literature. I suppose you could say it reveals that the adored and powerful are as fallible as the rest of us, but mostly it's just voyeurism at a distance.
This particular epic concerns the decline and fall of Elvis Presley. It was written and even published in the USA before his death. The Presley demise must have provided a heaven sent windfall for everyone fiscally concerned with the book. It also throws a cold light on the man's bizarre and destructive lifestyle. This is a gift for the ghoul inside all of us.
Hebler and the two West cousins were in an ideal position to observe Presley's descent into downers and egomania. Between them, they guarded Presley, from the very earliest days on the Southern back road circuits to just about a year before his death. Amid constant reiteration of how much the three body-guards love and admire Elvis, they recite a detailed catalogue of his aberrant behaviour.
They tell of his introduction to amphetamines, graduation to downers, the constant flow of women, his obsession with guns, his spoilt brat certainty in his infallibility, the break-up of his marriage and his belief that he possessed supernatural power.
Earlier this year, the book was serialised in the Sun. Whoever adapted it for Rupert Murdoch couldn't have had too much work to do. The entire 332 pages are written in high speed, Sun speak, idiot read. It's unashamed scandal, and makes no real pretentions to being anything else. It's probably as well. If there was any claim to literacy merit it would be doubly tacky.
As it is, the reader's left in no doubt that he or she is simply revelling in first-hand gossip.
Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:59 am
Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:10 am
Brad M wrote:Interesting article Ecat. Thanks for posting. I've still yet to get a copy of the book.
Will eventually. The copes i've found on ebay (far an inbetwee) have been real expensive to say the least. Definitley one I want to have in the collection.
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Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:03 pm
drjohncarpenter wrote:Dan_T wrote:... they could of at least threatened Elvis with a "Tell All Book" there's one challenge right there.
You honestly believe Elvis in 1976 would have responded to that as a "challenge"? Please. He would have had them tossed into the street, pronto, denying any and all charges.Dan_T wrote:They didn't give him a single chance did they,and I'm not talking about before they left,I mean once they were fired.
Not one? I disagree. There was a very long phone call with Red in October 1976 -- about nine months before the biography was published by Ballantine Books.
Elvis could have said the right things then. Red gave him several opportunities to do so. But Elvis did not.
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:47 pm
N880EP wrote:From a Psychological standpoint, ..... EP's circumstances could best be understood by studying the roller coaster stages the Kubler-Ross Grieving Cycle, with 5 main stages:
These occur with any catastrophic personal crisis, so that an individual can cope. EP was as human as all of us and was on this up-n-down ride:
Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:56 pm
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E-Cat wrote:Another posing photo from the same event .
Seems David Hebler has his name on his polo shirt..
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Brad M wrote:Well, let's just not insult fellow members and value what each member brings to the board.
Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:07 am
Brad M wrote:And Doc, obviously well educated when it comes to Elvis knows his stuff and is always the easy target!
Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:26 am
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