Elvis for Dummies

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Wiley, Jun 22, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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The ultimate introduction to the life and works of the King

Want to understand Elvis Presley? This friendly guide covers all phases of Elvis's career, from his musical influences as a teenager in Memphis and his first recordings to his days at Graceland and the mystery surrounding his death. You'll discover little-known details about his life, appreciate his contributions to music and film, and understand why his work still resonates with so many people today.

  • Explore Elvis's musical roots — see how Elvis's childhood and his Southern background influenced the development of his sound
  • Trace the beginnings of his storied career — be there as Elvis makes his first recordings for Sun Records

  • Relive the magic — experience the frenzy and excitement that surrounded Elvis's entrance to the national music scene

  • Take a fresh look at Elvis's films — understand the misconceptions surrounding Elvis's Hollywood career

  • Watch as Elvis reinvents himself — witness his comeback to live performances, culminating with an historic act in Las Vegas

Open the book and find:

  • The significance of the major events in Elvis's career
  • Meanings behind Elvis's music

  • The controversy over his musical performing style

  • Career highlights that no other performer has accomplished

  • A typical Elvis concert — what it was like and what it meant

  • Details on Elvis's television appearances

  • The many ways fans keep Elvis's memory alive

  • An appendix of the important people in Elvis's life

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About the author (2009)

Susan Doll, PhD, is the author of numerous books on Elvis Presley. A film instructor with 20 years of experience teaching at the college level, she writes extensively on film and popular culture. Doll currently works as a researcher and writer for Facets Multi-Media in Chicago and writes regularly for the Turner Classic Movies Web site.

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