Wed May 26, 2010 7:57 pm
Is it so good ?
Here is what i found about the book
Jerry Hopkins's "Elvis: A Biography" was the first book on popular music to top the U.S. bestseller list, and its sequel was equally popular. Long out of print, both books, along with a wealth of exciting new interviews, are brought together in "Elvis" to form the most exhaustive account available of the King's life. Telling the complete story of Presley's rise and fall, from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo through his musical development and emergence as pop's first superstar to his decline and death, the book explores Presley's singular appeal, his far-reaching influence, and his extraordinary legacy. Featuring newly published firsthand interviews with people close to Elvis -- including high school teachers, girlfriends, directors, agents, recording engineers, bodyguards, sidemen, karate instructors, medical professionals, and even his personal jeweler -- "Elvis" presents a comprehensive and amazingly intimate look at this cultural icon.
Thu May 27, 2010 5:36 am
I read it. I would say essential reading but not as good as Guralnick. It gets alot of recognition because not only was it the first serious Elvis biography, it was one of the first serious rock biographies. Some authors including Guralnick often cite this book in their own writing. Hopkins said in the intro that Jim Morrison suggested the idea of an Elvis biography to him. My problems with it is that alot of well known facts are not straight, which has me questioning its integrity. But in terms of comparing and contrasting to what you've read or will read in the future, it should be on the list.