Updated August 5, 1998
This site does not have a biography, filmography, lyrics, or photographs if that is what you are looking for, you can find it elsewhere at other sites. This site is dedicated to my collection of books of which I have over 100
I will list them in no particular order and give brief reviews of my own recollections of each one. Each book will include the title, author, publisher and publication date.
Elvis was born in 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi and died in 1977, at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee. Between the pages of these books you can learn more about his life, music, movies and tours. A great way to remember the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Some of these books are no longer in print and were found in used book stores. Enjoy!
P S. These books are not for sale.
Elvis Presley A Life In Music The Complete Recording Sessions by Ernst Jorgensen Foreward by Peter Guralnick St. Martin's Press New York 1998 Hardcover
This is the newest book in my collection and it is the best book ever published about Elvis' recording career. Ernst Jorgensen was an Elvis fan in his home country of Denmark and he is lucky enough to be employed by BMG-RCA. Ernst has access to RCA's archives and gives complete recording schedules for everything Elvis ever recorded. It includes studio used, dates, times, producer, engineer, musicians, songwriters and the album in which the recording was released. It begins with Elvis' first private recording of "My Happiness" and "That's When your Heartaches Begin" at Sun Studio in 1953. The book covers all the EP's, LP's, movie soundtracks, home recordings and ends with Elvis In Concert at Rushmore Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, his last concert. Ernst includes facts about Elvis during the sessions and offers recollections from some of the musicians. This is a fascinating look at Elvis at work, a truly great book for all fans interested in the man and his music. Includes black and white and color photos, discography 1954-1977 and discography 1978-1997.
My Boy Elvis: The Colonel Tom Parker Story by Sean O'Neal Barricade Books New York 1998 Hardcover
The true story about Elvis and The Colonel. Mr. O'Neal interviewed those people closest to Elvis and tells about their partnership. There are also quotes from The Colonel. He also tells about how The Colonel was able to make side deals with RCA and others and ended up getting more money than Elvis. The book starts with a brief biography of Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk better known as Colonel Tom Parker and covers his 20 plus years as Elvis' manager. You can also read the colonel's will. Some black and white photos.
Reel Elvis The Ultimate Trivia Guide to the King's Movies by Pauline Bartel Taylor Publishing Company Dallas, Texas 1994 Softcover
All the King's movies, trivia, cast lists and crew beginning with Love Me Tender and ending with Elvis on Tour. Also includes a synopsis and at the end of the book the ultimate movie quiz to test your knowledge of the movies.
Elvis Inc. The Fall and Rise Of The Presley Empire by Sean O'Neal Prima Publishing Rocklin, CA 1996 Hardcover
During Elvis' lifetime it is estimated he earned over $4 billion dollars and when he died his estate was estimated at $7 million. It is now worth over $200 million thanks to Priscilla Presley who has preserved her daughters inheritance. How Priscilla became executor of Elvis' will after Elvis died, along with Vernon and the team of people she put together to keep Elvis Presley Enterprise alive for her daughter after the death of Vernon.
The Elvis Film Encyclopedia by Eric Braun The Overlook Press Woodstock, New York 1997 Softcover
Another book about Elvis' movies. Brief biographies of people involved in the making of Elvis' movies including the songs in those movies. Contains many black and white photos and some in color.
Elvis Presley Album Publications International, Ltd. Lincolnwood, Illinois 1997 Hardcover
Photographs and newspaper articles from the 50's to his death. Many color and black and white photos. It is done in scrapbook style. Very entertaining.
The Elvis Encyclopedia by David E. Stanley with Frank Coffey General Publishing Group, Inc Santa Monica, California 1994 Hardcover
Elvis' stepbrother David Stanley provides this retrospective of Elvis' life day by day from Tupelo to Graceland. His life, inner circle, movies and music are covered. It also includes trivia about Elvis and a trivia quiz. An introduction by David E. Stanley and foreward by Lamar Fike a Memphis Mafia member. A great book filled with many photos in color and back and white.
Behind Closed Doors by Paul Lichter Jesse Books Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania 1987 The Graceland Edition Hardcover
Black and white photos of Elvis in the movies, with his friends, his wedding, with other celebrities and his pride and joy, his daughter Lisa Marie. This book was purchased through the Elvis Presley Catalog at Graceland and may still be available.
Essential Elvis by Peter Silverton Chameleon Books Great Britain 1997 Hardcover
A look at fifty songs recorded by the King. Includes the writer, recording date and first release date. From "That's All Right Mama" to "Way Down" a whimsical look of some of the best! Memorabilia, the ten essential currently available CD's, the ten best album covers and the best Elvis books which are the opinion of the author. Other pieces of trivia throughout the book.
Shock, Rattle & Roll Elvis Photographed During The Milton Berle Show Design by Ger Rijif, Ecco Fatto, Jeanpaul Commandeur Text by Trevor Cajiao From the Michael Ochs Archives A Blandford Book Great Britain 1997 Softcover
Every page has a black and white photo of Elvis in rehearsal and during the broadcast with Uncle Miltie and co-stars. Not much text but packed with photos.