MUSIC Jerry Osborne Elvis : Word for Word

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Elvis : Word for Word

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9780609608036: Elvis : Word for Word

Elvis Presley never did get the chance to write that book, but accumulated in these pages are the words and phrases he may have chosen if he had. Elvis -- Word for Word leaves behind all the hearsay and rumors to get down to the essence of the man.

What you'll read are Elvis's words and only Elvis's words. From his first minor radio appearance to the last letter he wrote before his death, Elvis -- Word for Word includes only what can verifiably be traced back to Presley. You'll see the actual letters he wrote to fans, lovers, and friends as well as photographs, many rare or unknown, that chronicle his meteoric rise to fame. You'll experience the voice of Elvis at the beginning of his career -- youthful and naïve -- and you'll hear this voice grow and mature, becoming tired and jaded as the years progress. This is the story of Elvis that has never been told. A story in his own words, word for word.

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From the Author:

"Maybe someday I will write a book." Elvis spoke these seven words in response to a reporter's question about Presley's army experience. Unfortunately, during his mere 17 years of life following that comment, Elvis never got around to writing a book, whether about his two years in the army or an autobiographical one.

Elvis - Word for Word now takes its place in the world of Presley literature as the closest anyone will ever get to reading the personal thoughts and feelings of Elvis Presley.

With this project, we made verification our prime directive. It is crucial that readers know, if we could not verify words attributed to Elvis, they do not appear in this book. Since Elvis - Word for Word is not a collection of anyone's personal memoirs and recollections, and in keeping with our steadfast rule against hearsay, we use no citations of what someone - even including this writer - claims Elvis once said.

And so it is that Elvis Presley never wrote a book, though many, many others certainly have. As of this writing there are over 1,200 Elvis books, magazines and major literary pieces that we know, and probably many others we have yet to discover.

Seemingly every imaginable Presley topic has now been investigated, contemplated and gathered together in print. His life story has now been told numerous times, each version a little differently.

All those books, but not once has Elvis really had his say. Now he does and you will read it here, exactly as he shared it ... word for word.

About the Author:

In the summer of 1956, twelve-year-old Jerry Osborne brought home a 78-rpm cardboard record titled Elvis Presley -- The Truth About Me. For Osborne, this disc, with its two minutes of Elvis speaking to his fans, kicked off forty-four years of collecting records, tapes, and CDs of anything Elvis spoke into a microphone.

Elvis and Jerry eventually met and became friends in 1967, when both men were living in Memphis.

Jerry Osborne is the author of more than seventy books on recorded music and entertainment personalities. Among his best-selling titles are The Official Price Guide to Records and The Official Price Guide to Elvis Presley Records & Memorabilia.

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