Notably this is only the second book (after ‘Elvis: Caught In a Trap’) publicised in an FTD release.
The book features memorabilia, picture sleeves & even cartoons and, most importantly, over 150 very rare or unpublished photos over it’s 134 pages. It also includes an interview by Trevor Cajiao with ‘Loving You’ Director/Screenwriter Hal Kanter. One nice snippet that is revealed is about Colonel Parker…
T.C - Had you ever come across anyone like Colonel Parker before?
Hal Kanter - Not before and not since. I think he's a figment of a vivid imagination. He made up who he was. I remember he sort of hi-jacked the wrap party I organised on the last day of shooting. I hired this nightclub and invited everyone along who'd been involved with the picture. I'd paid for everything out of my own pocket and it cost a fair amount of money. About a hundred people were there having a good time - eating, drinking, dancing and so on. And when we arrived the first thing we saw was a booth that Parker had set up with a big sign on it saying `Elvis And The Colonel Thank You'. And there was Parker himself handing out pictures of Elvis and various other promotional gifts, making out that he'd organised the whole thing.
EIN note - These small sample images cannot represent the high production quality of the photographs in the book itself.
Some of the pictures of Elvis in this period are just sensational capturing the boy becoming the star. There is a real youthfulness, innocence, enthusiasm & intensity that you can see in Elvis’ eyes that will soon disappear.
However a picture tells a thousand words and the sample images above reveal just how good the book really is. The book is available through London’s Elvis Shop. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Verdict – ‘Inside Loving You’ is the perfect accompaniment to the new FTD extended Soundtrack CD release and was one of the great Elvis books of 2003. Exploring these images of Elvis at work & at play helps you understand the excitement & pressure on Elvis during this key year of his life. Things would never be the same. An essential book for fans of fifties Elvis.
Review by Piers Beagley, copyright EIN - February 2006.
Quote:"Elvis Presley is the supreme socio-cultural icon in the history of pop culture"
(Dr. Gary Enders)
Quote:" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"
Quote:"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"
(humorist Dave Barry)
Quote:"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"
(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")
Quote:"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"
Quote:"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"
Quote:"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"
Quote:"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"(Sir Paul McCartney)