Adler & Ernest Andrews, St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1990, Softcover,
179 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0-312-92197-7
a book published in 1990 and now hopelessly out-of-date
regarding developments in the life of its subject, hold
any interest in 2004? Well, in the case of Elvis My
Dad the answer is no, although up to earlier this year
the answer was a qualified yes.This biography of Lisa
Marie Presley is pure tabloid journalism, a quickie
bio full of superficial episodes and lack of substance.
book had some merit as the only dedicated biography
about The King's daughter, however that merit quickly
evaporated with the publication earlier this year of
The Lisa Marie Presley Story: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n'
Roll by Katharine Cumming and Nicholas Maier.
In Elvis My Dad, the authors writing style is prosaic, and
at times pretentious and stilted:
and stoically, Lisa faced the new situation.'
up, Lisa threatened the boyfriend. "I have the power and money
to ruin you." (Sweet and unaffected? Unaware of who her father
was? Lisa was obviously less naïve than the newspapers claimed.)'
book travels far too quickly over Lisa's interesting life.
Using well-worn tabloid clichés, there is nothing new within
the large-print of its 179 pages.
staple elements of Lisa's story (pre-marriage, motherhood
and her own music career) are all there: the spoilt child,
the rebellious teenage years, Michael Edwards, and the experimentation
also doesn't help that the book is made using low-grade pulp
paper giving it a very cheap look and feel. Despite the superficial
nature of the writing, Elvis My Dad does still convey a sense
of who Lisa Marie Presley is, and someone unfamiliar with
her story may therefore get something out of the book. While
Elvis My Dad has been out of print for many years used copies
can be obtained the used dealer networks on both amazon.com
Buy The Lisa Marie Presley Story: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n'
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