"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Book review

Elvis Presley The Complete Guide to His Music

John Robertson, Omnibus Press, USA, 2004, ISBN: 1844497119

This is an updated edition of the book first published in 1994

Despite its title and back cover promotion, Elvis Presley The Complete Guide to His Music is neither complete nor does it include a track by track run-down of every song released by The King.

Nevertheless, as an overview of Elvis' amazing recorded career and its eclectic, often mesmerizing output, John Robertson's book has merit. The chronological and period chapter structure is excellent, ranging from the Sun Years through 1950s RCA, Hollywood recordings, the Comeback, final years and a section devoted to primary "live" recordings.

(Cover photo - USA edition)

There is also a section covering CD Compilations up to the Elvis Ultimate Gospel release in 2004.

There are a number of interesting extras in The Complete Guide including a look at the famous Pied Piper footage and synopses for each of Elvis' 31 narrative films, while the author has wriiten interesting and incisive introductions for each section in the book.

Displaying a clean and inviting page design in a small format (just larger than pocket sized) it offers enough information about each of Elvis' singles and albums to add to our knowledge and keep us entertained. Robertson's narrative is strong and succinctly paints a solid musical biography of The King.

The middle section features an array of colorful photos of Elvis over the years including some great jumpsuit shots. The photos are a significant improvement on the black & white visuals featured in the 1994 release.

(Cover photo - Australian edition)

Verdict: With superior design features than its first edition, Elvis Presley The Complete Guide To His Music is a very useful "quick" reference tool for all Elvis fans.

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(Book review, Source: EIN)


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