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?
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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
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:1977Elvis: 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.1979Elvis: 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.1981Elvis
- 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 Dohttp://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=76177