Presley The Man. The Life. The Legend.
Clarke Keogh, Atria Books, 2004, Hardcover, 264 pages, ISBN:
book comes hyped that it was done with full cooperation
of EPE; that the author had full cooperation from the
estate and Priscilla Presley; that she had full access
to the archives; and that it contains many never before
seen Elvis photos. Our mini-preview: Don't bother buying
this book. Or even more "mini": Never mind We met Ms.
Keogh at her book signing at Davis-Kidd Booksellers
here last Tuesday evening. She's a very likeable person.
personality. Smiles a lot. But none of these traits are
necessary in writing a good book. She said her targeted
audience is those young people who don't know a lot about
Elvis Presley and she wants to inform them of his Life and
his contributions to the music world and the world in general.
then she completely leaves out Elvis' first public appearance
ever, Elvis singing "Ol' Shep" at the Tupelo Fair in 1945.
And she devotes a whole chapter on how Elvis went around
everywhere talking aloud to his dead twin, Jesse Garon (something
all the Memphis Mafia guys we've questioned on this since
the Kurt Russell movie in 1979 and they've all said, over
the years, not one can remember Elvis ever talking aloud
to Jesse Garon and he rarely even mentioned JG in conversations).
asked who she talked to as her source on Elvis incessantly
talking to JG, she honestly said: "I didn't talk to anyone.
I am a twin and I know how twins are." Excuse me ... !
for the rare, never before printed photos, if you've been
reading EW for at least the last 10 years, and bought say
half of our books, or Susan Doll's books via EW .. .. ..
you've seen a good 80% of these never before printed photos
at least once already; sometimes more. And those that are
rare are more or less candid snapshots.
one insider told us after viewing the book: "My god, you'd
think if she had full access to EPE's photo archives, as
many thousands of photos as they have in there, she could
have selected more rare ones than these."
retailing for $35 -- and much as EW needs some new book
titles to sell, we won't be offering this book to EW readers,
even at discounted prices. Not worth your time or money.
review, 20 Sep 2004, Source: Bill
Bill E. Burk: Bill E. Burk is a respected Memphis based
journalist and author of numerous books about Elvis. Bill
and his wife Connie publish the quarterly magazine, Elvis