Review: "Elvis Rock 'n' Nassau"
Elvis Rock ‘n’ Nassau’, Russ Howe & Tom Salva, Text by Jim Donohue,
JAT Publishing, Canada, 2003, 96 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 1888464-11-9
you remember what you were doing in the summer of ’73? Well,
I can tell you what Elvis was doing!
was cutting them up live on stage, and one of his sell-out
concerts was in front of 16,000 screaming fans at the Nassau
Coliseum on Long Island, New York. And if the new photo-book
from Joseph Tunzi Publishing is any guide, the tour was indeed
a great one.
photos are black and white and they are a fitting visual record
of The King before his live performance slide.
striking good looks are well displayed, marred only slightly by
some weight gain and a developing double chin.
most of the quality photographs dominating ‘Elvis Rock ‘n’ Nassau’
were not taken by a professional photographer. They were snapped
by a fan, Carole Mason. Ms Mason is to be congratulated for a job
well done, and one that a professional photographer would have been
proud of. Sure, there are a few blurry shots, but overall it is
a great visual archive.
text is minimalist but nevertheless expressive. In describing the
thrill of seeing Elvis live on stage, Jim Donohue adopts metaphorical
prose: “Sunshine on the most beautiful day God could plan The picture
perfect swing of Mickey Mantle Your first kiss…”
above all, the photos are the focal point and they tell the story.
A playful smile, a poignant look, Elvis with arms flailing, knees
bent, body cocked! The King is ‘in the groove’, enjoying himself,
and so are 16,000 ecstatic fans. ‘Elvis Rock ‘n’ Nassau’ also includes
reproductions of both reviews of the concert and concert tickets.
Publishing is renowned for releasing quality photo-books. ‘Elvis
Rock ‘n’ Nassau’ reinforces that reputation.
by Nigel Patterson,