Portraits fit for the King

If I ate a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich for every Elvis galley I've received, I'd have a serious weight problem. Luckily, I'm not so fond of bananas, nor, come to think of it, of most contending books on the late, great King. As with the Beatles and Dylan, most everything has already been said well (see Peter Guralnick's Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love). With the 29th anniversary of Elvis's death looming, however, I'm happy to report that two upcoming books offer fresh takes. Jerry Schilling's Me and Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (Gotham) won raves from our David Szatmary for "captur[ing] the aura and the grim realities of life with the most important American icon of the 20th century," while Ken Burke and Dan Griffin's Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band (Chicago Review Press) captures how important bassist Bill Black, guitarist Scotty Moore, and drummer D.J. Fontana were in "establishing and popularizing the rockabilly style," says James Perone. Catch the full-length reviews in the August 15th issue (later, you'll be able to cue them up in our online database).—Heather McCormack

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  1. MIKE ROGERS says:

    You forgot the Graceland pop-up book!

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