Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend.

By Pamela Clarke Keogh
Read by Anna Fields

8.12 Hours 08/07/2005 unabridged
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“Before Elvis there was nothing.”—John Lennon “It was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear, and somehow we all dreamed it.”—Bruce Springsteen That voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls. Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at age twenty-one, he became a modern superstar. He had a personal style that, like his music, had an immediate impact on his audience that continues to influence us today. “Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century,” proclaimed Leonard Bernstein. His appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show “ripped the 1950s in half,” writes the author. By any measure, Presley’s life was remarkable. From his modest beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame, everything about his life clamored for attention—and he got it. Keogh examines Elvis’ life and style to reveal the generous, complex, spiritual man behind the sunglasses and answers the question, “Why does Elvis matter?”

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Summary

Summary

“Before Elvis there was nothing.”—John Lennon

“It was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear, and somehow we all dreamed it.”—Bruce Springsteen

That voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls. Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at age twenty-one, he became a modern superstar. He had a personal style that, like his music, had an immediate impact on his audience that continues to influence us today.

“Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century,” proclaimed Leonard Bernstein. His appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show “ripped the 1950s in half,” writes the author. By any measure, Presley’s life was remarkable. From his modest beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame, everything about his life clamored for attention—and he got it. Keogh examines Elvis’ life and style to reveal the generous, complex, spiritual man behind the sunglasses and answers the question, “Why does Elvis matter?”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Before Elvis there was nothing.” John Lennon
“It was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear, and somehow we all dreamed it.” Bruce Springsteen
“Presents a homage to Elvis from a unique perspective, explaining how his inimitable style—not just the way he dressed, but also the way he spoke and behaved—influenced the music and the sensibilities of Americans unlike anyone before or after him…Gives us an especially moving account of the early relationship between the singer and his fourteen-year-old love, Priscilla Beaulieu.” Publishers Weekly
“Not just another Elvis biography, this work explores why the shy young Southern singer won America’s heart. Simply put, Elvis was cool before anyone knew what cool was. Anna Fields’ energetic yet objective voice is an excellent fit.” AudioFile
“Her bottom line is that Elvis was cool, cooler than any other man of the twentieth century.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Pamela Clarke Keogh

Pamela Clarke Keogh is the author of the internationally bestselling biographies Audrey Style and Jackie Style. Educated at Vassar College, she lives in New York City and visits Memphis whenever she can.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English