Being Elvis

Author: Ray Connolly
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1474604587
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What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis. On the outside he was all charm, sex appeal, outrageously confident on stage and stunningly gifted in the recording studio. To his fans he seemed to have it all. He was Elvis. With his voice and style influencing succeeding generations of musicians, he should have been free to sing any song he liked, to star in any film he was offered, and to tour in any country he chose. But he wasn't free. The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American South, which, as he blended gospel music with black rhythm and blues and white country songs, helped him create rock and roll, had left him with a lifelong vulnerability. Made rich and famous beyond his wildest imaginings when he mortgaged his talent to the machinations of his manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, there would be an inevitable price to pay. Though he daydreamed of becoming a serious film actor, instead he grew to despise his own movies and many of the songs he had to sing in them. He could have rebelled. But he didn't. Why? In the Seventies, as the hits rolled in again, and millions of fans saw him in a second career as he sang his way across America, he talked of wanting to tour the world. But he never did. What was stopping him? BEING ELVIS takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame.

My First Memory

Author: Ben Holden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147116747X
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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST MEMORY? Or, rather, what do you imagine to be your earliest memory? Perhaps, alternatively, there was a moment during childhood when the world’s axis shifted? A transformative realisation, epiphany or experience that changed the course of your life: your very own ‘sense of a beginning’… In My First Memory, bestselling anthologist Ben Holden explores these touchstones via the watershed experiences of some of the greatest figures of our age. Along the way, he lightly explores how memory and childhood merge to form identity. How, in the process, we not only create individual origin-stories but also, on a broader level, fashion human history. The first memories of iconic figures – from Machiavelli to Freud, Einstein to Hawking, Churchill to Luther King, Pankhurst to Angelou, Pavarotti to Springsteen, and Pelé to Bolt – combine with exclusive, personal pieces by some of today’s greatest writers, scientists and thinkers: the likes of Sebastian Barry, Melvyn Bragg, David Eagleman, Susan Greenfield, Tessa Hadley, Javier Marías, Michael Morpurgo and the late Ursula K Le Guin. The trip down memory lane is heightened by the remembrances of refugees: from heroic figures such as Madeleine Albright, Isabel Allende, Alf Dubs, Yusra Mardini, Elie Wiesel and Stefan Zweig to lesser-known but no less courageous voices. Many of these moving accounts tell of children being forced to leave home and family behind forever. They may have grown up to lead inspirational lives – but none ever forgot from whence they came. After all, each of us must start somewhere and – as this timeless collection unforgettably proves – there is always a first time for everything. Praise for Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 'Everyone who reads this collection will be roused: disturbed by the pain, exalted in the zest for joy given by poets' Observer 'That's the great thing about a good anthology of poems: you are reminded of old friends and introduced to new ones... This is a welcome addition to my shelves' Sunday Telegraph 'A fascinating anthology. Finding out what makes particular men emotional is intriguing' Irish Independent 'The title is pure genius... what I love most is the proud grasp of emotion as mature and manly. Two words that become magnificent in their juxtaposition: "men" and "cry"' Daily Mail 'This is a really thought-provoking book...The range of contributors leads to a wonderful range of verse. And the overall result is a wonderfully powerful and moving experience' The Times

Complicated Shadows The Life And Music Of Elvis Costello

Author: Graham Thomson
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1782111638
Size: 42.22 MB
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Complicated Shadows paints a detailed and accurate portrait of an intensely private and complex individual. It draws on nearly 50 exclusive interviews with schoolmates, pre-fame friends, early band members, journalists as well as members of The Attractions, producers, collaborators and musicians from all stages of his life and career. Thomson also unearths many previously unknown details about Costello's early years and his personal life, as well as examining his entire musical output using the recollections of those who were there at the time, the majority of whom have never talked on the subject before.

Being John Lennon

Author: Ray Connolly
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1474606830
Size: 10.44 MB
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John Lennon was a rock star, a school clown, a writer, a wit, an iconoclast, a sometime peace activist and finally an eccentric millionaire. He was also a Beatle - his plain-speaking and impudent rejection of authority catching, and eloquently articulating, the group's moment in history. Chronicling a troubled life, from that of the cast-aside child of a broken wartime marriage to his murder by a deranged fan, Being John Lennon analyses the contradictions in the singer-songwriter's creative and destructive personality. A leader who could be easily led, he was often generous and often funny, but sometimes scathingly cruel. As a journalist, author Ray Connolly had a close working relationship with Lennon, and the entire Beatles coterie. In this biography he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn't stop reinventing himself. Drawing on many interviews and conversations with Lennon, his first wife Cynthia and second Yoko Ono, as well as his girlfriend May Pang and song-writing partner Paul McCartney, this complex portrait is a revealing insight into a restless man whose emotional turbulence governed his life and talent.

The Tao Of Elvis

Author: David H. Rosen
Publisher: Harvest Books
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An examination of the rock-and-roll legend's Taoist nature traces his search for purpose and meaning, in a volume that presents forty-two Taoist concepts, one for each year of Elvis's life, to reveal how the Tao operated through him. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Competing For Elvis

Author: Savas John
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1483678911
Size: 32.43 MB
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The characters in Competing for Elvis have something unique that draws them to competitions. This story has nothing at all to do with their beloved Elvis but rather with their mission to resurrect his life. Jeremy Shrinks, Bobby Shrimp, Terance Best, and Henry (Hank) Hunk meet secretly in Las Vegas to compete in the Elvis competition. Jeremy is a convenience store clerk living in a trailer park in Yukon, Oklahoma; Bobby owns an auto body shop in Lynn, Massachusetts; Terance is a multimillionaire developer residing in Coral Gables, Florida; and Hank is an unemployed architect living with his mother and father in Los Angeles. Jeremy, who looks nothing like Elvis, has the perfect Elvis voice. Bobby looks and sounds somewhat like Elvis; however, its his body language that sets him apart from the others. Terance lacks Elviss looks and voice; however, his presence portrays Elviss charisma and persona pervasively. Hanks good fortune is he looks exactly like Elvis. Ironically, for Jeremy, Bobby, Terance, and Hank, winning is not why they continuously compete, but rather its an ends to a means to find Elvis, and their persistence finally pays. This trip to Las Vegas brings about miraculous changes for them. Their relentless vigil to find Elvis bonds them together and allows them to achieve their ultimate mission while competing for Elvis.

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Still Speaking With The Stars

Author: Bob Benson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469138638
Size: 41.49 MB
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Theyre back and theyre sharing! Now the second verbal dance with the stars features over 1250 of the best sounding quotes of all time. These are chosen with the ear in mind and designed to bridge the wide gap between yawn and smile or knowing nod. So talk on!