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Elvis what happened?

Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:22 pm

Hi
I'm currently reading this, it seems to be quite a rare book as I spend what felt like age searching for a decent copy.
Just wondering has anyone else read this .. what do you think of it?

Re: Elvis what happened?

Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:32 pm

Ms_moodyblue wrote:Hi
I'm currently reading this, it seems to be quite a rare book as I spend what felt like age searching for a decent copy.
Just wondering has anyone else read this .. what do you think of it?


Welcome to FECC!

There are many heated, often lengthy, debates about Elvis: What Happened?, usually coming up when one of the authors is mentioned in a topic, or when one of the "Memphis Mafia" is the subject of a topic.

Below are three examples from the past year:
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=81935
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=81621
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=75452


Here's something I posted in December about some of the "insider" books printed in the first few years after Elvis' death, and how they were perceived at the time:

1977
Elvis: What Happened? - seemed sensationalistic, but Elvis' death a month after publication gave the drug abuse allegations undeniable credence. There was a bitter tone to most of the anecdotes, but many great stories and truths remained to be read, between the lines. Co-author Steve Dunleavy clearly wrote this with zero regard for Presley, and was not much of a biographer in any circumstance.

1979
Elvis: Portrait of a Friend - actually three stories in one (Marty, Patsy, and Leslie S. Smith), this was an honest, compassionate, insightful and essential look at the man and his music. It was the kind of book Red, Sonny and Dave should have put together. Because it was a smaller publishing house, it did not get much attention outside of the Presley fan base.

Elvis, We Love You Tender - Written with an eye towards the gutter, this biography was meant to be sensationalistic. Even "as told to" writer Martin Torgoff would later tell of the pitfalls of collaborating with Dee Stanley and her three sons. The book he wanted to help shape was not the book that went to print. But Torgoff's general prose was the only thing that made it worth reading. It didn't really affect the status quo as much as the 1977 bodyguard book, and the drug abuse investigations that aired on ABC-TV's "20/20" that same year.

1981
Elvis - Made most fans ashamed they ever liked, followed or cared about Elvis Presley, which was its sole purpose. Ultimately, the hatred and lies which underpinned the author's prose was exposed, but it took years to heal the acceptance of so many falsehoods. See:

Albert Goldman --> The Evil That Men Do
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=76177
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=76283

Re: Elvis what happened?

Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:15 pm

Thank you for the welcome and the reply:)
Fascinating links , as for the book,I'm undecided as I haven't finished yet ...

Re: Elvis what happened?

Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:12 pm

Ms_moodyblue wrote:Thank you for the welcome and the reply:)
Fascinating links , as for the book,I'm undecided as I haven't finished yet ...


You are welcome.

I can tell you, I read the book with far less upset today, than I did when I paged through it in the local market as a kid.