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Elvis, the Early Years: A 2001 Fact Odyssey
by Jim Curtin, Renata Ginter

In 1999 this book was released, as the first of a series. In the introduction the author states that “You will not find another compilation of Elvis facts that is more accurate, in-depth, or interesting than this book”. Let’s find out if that’s true. But first a small word on the design. The book is delivered on good paper, and in a very clean print. As you can see the cover is plain, with a classic picture, very tasteful. The facts are numbered with a kind of fancy font, which wasn’t really necessary to us. Unfortunately the quality of the pictures is not too good, which is a pity since there are quite some (more or less) rare pictures in it. The facts are just numbered, without era dividers or such, which makes it hard to find something specific. Chronological order alone is not enough with so much information; an extra index certainly would have helped. The content is indeed a large amount of something presented as facts. When errors are made in “facts” that are very easy to check (like the recording date of “Blue Moon”, foreign streetnames), we have our doubts about the accuracy mentioned in the introduction. Speculation is certainly a better word for those ancestors from more than 3 centuries back. It might be fun to do, but we don’t believe in those things being hard facts, without any proof. We have already had 200 of such “facts”, before Elvis shows up. Overall we saw too many “facts” starting with “It is rumoured that…”, and it seems that about 500 facts are about merchandising stuff EPE released in 1956 (and later)… “Yawn” is about the only word we can find for that. With a grain of salt this book is a nice time killer in the smallest room, but it certainly is not an essential Elvis book, we do certainly prefer the books where Jim sticks to pictures mainly (still can’t get enough of “Unseen Elvis”).

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A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION
by Lea Frydman

Elvis did it, twenty-five years after his last No. 1 hit in the U.K. with "Way Down" The King is back on top in England (and in Ireland too) with the single, A Little Less Conversation.

Elvis entered the charts at the number one position beating Kylie Minogue and Sopie Ellis Bextor who entered the charts respectively at No. 2 and No. 3.

Dutch musician Tom Holkenburg, and disc jockey of the techno-group Junkie XL, remixed the song for a Nike television commercial. Although a contemporary song re-mix, “A Little Less Conversation'' the distinctive Elvis vocals remain intact.

The single, which was recently released, sold more than 67,000 copies in Britain the first day, more than the total sales of last week's No. 1 on the British charts.

This latest hit single has placed Presley in the Guinness Book of Records as the artist with the most number-one recordings in England, breaking the long-running tie with the Beatles with 17 apiece.

“Elvis is once again making history here,'' said Adam Bradley, marketing manager for record company BMG.

The single which is due for release in the USA, on 25 June 25, has Bradley confident that it will also become a number one hit in America.

The song, “A Little Less Conversation'' was written by Mac Davis and Billy Strange for Elvis’ 1968 film “Live a Little, Love a Little,’’ and recently featured on the soundtrack of the 2001 remake of the Rat Pack starring, movie “Ocean's Eleven.''

The remix was approved for the Nike ad by Presley's estate, although Junkie XL was asked to change its name to JXL to avoid a reference to drugs.

Elvis Presley who’s claim to fame in 1956 was to fashion the rock n roll culture to the baby boomer of the 50’s died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, August 16, 1977. He was 42.

The EPE Inc will be celebrating the 25th anniversary all the King’s things.


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SERGEANT PRESLEY: OUR UNTOLD STORY OF ELVIS' MISSING YEARS
by Lea Frydman

"ECW Press sign Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield to a book deal detailing their two years with Elvis Presley in Germany after 42 years of silence”

Rex Mansfield was the only man to ever take a girl away from Elvis Presley during his reign as the King of Rock and Roll and lived to tell about it. Mansfield was drafted into the army with Presley in 1958 and became one of his closest friends throughout those years, that is, until he fell in love with Elisabeth Stefaniak.

Stefaniak, a 19-year-old German girl who was infatuated with Elvis, met him at a movie theater one night, fell in love and began dating each other. Soon, she became Elvis' personal secretary, lived in his house and was primed to become his secretary at Graceland.

However, along the way, Rex and Elisabeth fell in love and she was torn between Rex, a common solider and Elvis Presley, the world's number-one superstar.

The book, “Sergeant Presley: Our Untold Story of Elvis' Missing Years,” is a lively account of their years with the King (1958-1960) with chapters written by both Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield. The book, priced at $24.95, contains many never seen before photos of Presley taken by the Mansfields, and includes a special color photo section.

The Mansfields will also be signing copies of their book in Memphis during Elvis Week.


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Review: Rough Guide To Elvis
by Paul Simpson

Design

The book is a pretty small one, pocket size, but too thick to actually put in your pocket. It is a guide and has some clear chapters which help you navigate through Elvis life and achievements pretty easily. The paper is o.k. and it contains some good known and lesser known photos.

Content

There are several ways you can look at Elvis the man, his life and his achievements. The first one of course is listen to his music, followed by reading a good biography (Careless Love and Last Train To Memphis, both by Peter Guralnick) or fact book (Day by Day from Ernst Jorgensen) watch a documentary or read the new "Rough Guide To Elvis". With the last one you have Elvis' life in your hand and pretty soon in your head.

This hand size pocket book, if we can call it that with almost 480 pages, deals with all aspects of Elvis' life. The Life deals with the humble beginnings until the untimely death and the times beyond that, the icon Elvis still is today.

In "The Music" we get the legendary career of Elvis and short reviews of the albums recorded in the fifties, sixties and seventies and compilations released after his death, including the essential bootlegs.

"The Influences" chapter deals with the various styles of music that influenced Elvis, from the gospel and country to the blues, folk an rock, including song titled which are good examples for each genre. Besides that we get an overview of the people who influenced Elvis, were influenced by him or were rivals. Also added is Elvis' own record collection.

"The Canon" gives us fifty essential Elvis tracks and the reason why they are essential. The Movies is an Elvis video and DVD guide and besides the movies Elvis made we get to read which movies he liked himself. In "The Icon" the question is answered "What's an Elvis?" since he is so much to so many people. This chapter might have been bigger, but perhaps that's more for a Biography than for a rough guide.

Up next is "Elvis Country" showing us Elvis spots across America and Germany, Great Britain and even a museum in Denmark. The final chapter "Kingology" deals with all the subjects that wouldn't fit into the chapters above, including a web guide which we consider pretty complete.

Conclusion

This "Rough Guide To Elvis" is a great book if you want to get to know Elvis the man, Elvis' music, Elvis' life and so on and so on. Another title could have been "Elvis For Dummies" and after reading it you sure won't be a dummy anymore concerning Elvis..

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