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Rockin' Across Texas v. Elvis in Texas (Stanley Oberst books

Fri May 12, 2006 10:34 pm

I read Elvis in Texas, and I see that no review has yet been posted on this site for Rockin' Across Texas. Have any of you read both of these books? I'd love to hear your comparison. Thanks!

Tue May 16, 2006 4:26 pm

No comparison really.
'Rockin' Across Texas' is a sensational upgrade. And, yes, I bought both.
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The earlier ‘Elvis In Texas’ book had the minor faults of poor quality photos, poor binding and a few inaccuracies but now these have all been sorted out. The print quality is excellent, dates have been verified and new stories added. Rather than a reprint of Stanley Oberst’s 2002 book, as suggested elsewhere, this is a gorgeous rewrite and upgrade featuring better design, improved text and even better photographs. While I did buy the first edition I have no qualms in recommending that anyone buys this upgraded version.

Verdict – There is plenty to explore here and fascinating tales to read. It is great to see FTD involved in a combined novel and CD, instead of just a photo & information book. This is a book that you can really get absorbed in and the design is very pleasing. While it is a shame that the 1974 CD couldn’t have been a new 1950’s concert with Texas interviews, the second 1976 CD certainly makes up for it and it is a great improvement on the earlier Tucson release. Another fine FTD product.


Tue May 16, 2006 4:29 pm

Excellent, Piers! Thank you so much for your insightful reply -- I'm sold! (or rather buying it!!) :D

Re: Rockin' Across Texas v. Elvis in Texas (Stanley Oberst b

Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:48 am

A really nice review. Thnaks very much. I, too, really enjoy FTD "Texas" book. It is really done nice. I really appreciate much of the focus on the 1950's. Really good stuff.

Re: Rockin' Across Texas v. Elvis in Texas (Stanley Oberst b

Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:06 am

Yeah they really made it a better book by taking out a lot of the groupie stories and rumors.