Being Elvis: A Lonely Life

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life

Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic end. A godlike entity in the history of rock and roll, this twentieth-century icon with a dazzling voice blended gospel and traditionally black rhythm and blues with country to create a completely new kind of music and new way of expre Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later e...

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Title:Being Elvis: A Lonely Life
Author:Ray Connolly
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1631492802
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life Reviews

  • Joy Olivia
    Jul 03, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

  • Jason
    Mar 26, 2018

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

  • Jenny
    Nov 12, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

  • Ginny
    Apr 17, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

  • David
    Apr 10, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

  • Jenny
    Mar 27, 2018

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

  • Courtney C
    Jul 31, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

  • Fiona
    Dec 29, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

    Prior to reading this book, I didn?t know a lot about Elvis? life and I had only a very superficial sense of his music. Connolly?s toned-down but dramatic, captivating and supremely researched biography has certainly changed that. What a tragic story - and what an astonishing art...

    Zeer de moeite waard, maar niet vrij van slordigheden: de Grammy Award voor de elpee How Great thou Art was niet Elvis? enige Grammy Award (p. 266) en ?persoonlijk getinte optredens? (p. 306) is een niet erg geslaagde vertaling van ?personal appearances?. ...

    3.2 solid, but suffers by comparison to Peter Guralnick's biography. ...

    Well written book on Elvis. Nothing really new, but a good read. ...

    Sad to read about a life spinning out of control. ...

  • False
    Aug 01, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

  • Gina
    Nov 28, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

  • Seth
    Sep 23, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

    Prior to reading this book, I didn?t know a lot about Elvis? life and I had only a very superficial sense of his music. Connolly?s toned-down but dramatic, captivating and supremely researched biography has certainly changed that. What a tragic story - and what an astonishing art...

    Zeer de moeite waard, maar niet vrij van slordigheden: de Grammy Award voor de elpee How Great thou Art was niet Elvis? enige Grammy Award (p. 266) en ?persoonlijk getinte optredens? (p. 306) is een niet erg geslaagde vertaling van ?personal appearances?. ...

    3.2 solid, but suffers by comparison to Peter Guralnick's biography. ...

  • Elaine
    Feb 16, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

  • Eric
    May 15, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

    Prior to reading this book, I didn?t know a lot about Elvis? life and I had only a very superficial sense of his music. Connolly?s toned-down but dramatic, captivating and supremely researched biography has certainly changed that. What a tragic story - and what an astonishing art...

    Zeer de moeite waard, maar niet vrij van slordigheden: de Grammy Award voor de elpee How Great thou Art was niet Elvis? enige Grammy Award (p. 266) en ?persoonlijk getinte optredens? (p. 306) is een niet erg geslaagde vertaling van ?personal appearances?. ...

    3.2 solid, but suffers by comparison to Peter Guralnick's biography. ...

    Well written book on Elvis. Nothing really new, but a good read. ...

  • Martin De jong
    Oct 05, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

    Prior to reading this book, I didn?t know a lot about Elvis? life and I had only a very superficial sense of his music. Connolly?s toned-down but dramatic, captivating and supremely researched biography has certainly changed that. What a tragic story - and what an astonishing art...

    Zeer de moeite waard, maar niet vrij van slordigheden: de Grammy Award voor de elpee How Great thou Art was niet Elvis? enige Grammy Award (p. 266) en ?persoonlijk getinte optredens? (p. 306) is een niet erg geslaagde vertaling van ?personal appearances?. ...

  • James Tidd
    Jan 13, 2018

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

  • Robert Lane
    Apr 24, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

  • Anneke van dijken
    Jun 26, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

  • Sara
    Apr 17, 2018

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

  • Thomas Drago
    May 06, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

  • Sandra
    May 11, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

  • Brent Darling
    May 17, 2018

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

  • John
    Jun 04, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

    Prior to reading this book, I didn?t know a lot about Elvis? life and I had only a very superficial sense of his music. Connolly?s toned-down but dramatic, captivating and supremely researched biography has certainly changed that. What a tragic story - and what an astonishing art...

    Zeer de moeite waard, maar niet vrij van slordigheden: de Grammy Award voor de elpee How Great thou Art was niet Elvis? enige Grammy Award (p. 266) en ?persoonlijk getinte optredens? (p. 306) is een niet erg geslaagde vertaling van ?personal appearances?. ...

    3.2 solid, but suffers by comparison to Peter Guralnick's biography. ...

    Well written book on Elvis. Nothing really new, but a good read. ...

    Sad to read about a life spinning out of control. ...

    Quite good! Revealing life of a zillionaire. Life way too short. Sad. ...

  • Olivia
    Jan 06, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

  • Roma Giannina
    Dec 03, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

  • Lenie Van Mourik
    Nov 16, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

    Prior to reading this book, I didn?t know a lot about Elvis? life and I had only a very superficial sense of his music. Connolly?s toned-down but dramatic, captivating and supremely researched biography has certainly changed that. What a tragic story - and what an astonishing art...

    Zeer de moeite waard, maar niet vrij van slordigheden: de Grammy Award voor de elpee How Great thou Art was niet Elvis? enige Grammy Award (p. 266) en ?persoonlijk getinte optredens? (p. 306) is een niet erg geslaagde vertaling van ?personal appearances?. ...

    3.2 solid, but suffers by comparison to Peter Guralnick's biography. ...

    Well written book on Elvis. Nothing really new, but a good read. ...

    Sad to read about a life spinning out of control. ...

    Quite good! Revealing life of a zillionaire. Life way too short. Sad. ...

    Goede biografie over Elvis. Ik blijf me verwonderen hoe tragisch zijn leven eigenlijk was. Aanrader als je ge´nteresseerd bent. ...

  • Sara Tusek
    Apr 02, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

  • Morten Greve
    Nov 26, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

    Prior to reading this book, I didn?t know a lot about Elvis? life and I had only a very superficial sense of his music. Connolly?s toned-down but dramatic, captivating and supremely researched biography has certainly changed that. What a tragic story - and what an astonishing art...

  • Craig McGraw
    Aug 25, 2017

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...

    This is one of the best Elvis books I've ever read (and I've read nearly all). Connolly does an outstanding job of creating the Elvis character believably and thoughtfully. The King's transformation from wide-eyed innocent hillbilly, to cultural phenomenon, to lonely middle-aged addict...

    A nicely paced account of the life of an American icon. If, at the end, you don't respect Elvis, or you're mad at him, due to his dependence on drugs and his God-like devotion to his self-serving manager "Colonel" Tom Parker, don't blame Connolly. The author does an admirable job of g...

    This book is essentially a re-hash of already published books put together in such a way as to highlight just how lonely Elvis was (which I think most people already know). it was a good causual holiday read for me as I always enjoy re-visiting Elvis' life. My OCD did pick up on two sp...

    Elvis Presley. A lonely person? I doubted that until I finished this book. Yes definitely Elvis was a lonely person. Basically he was a loner from the start of his recording career up to his untimely yet unsurprising death in August 1977, aged just 42. But why say he was a loner when h...

    Als je het boek oppakt zie je meteen over wie het gaat en zie je in zijn ogen iets van een eenzaamheid in de nog jonge Elvis. Ook de foto op de achterkant is ook heel erg mooi. Je ziet dat hij zin in het optreden heeft. Zoals beschreven in de beschrijving, leest het boek inderdaad als...

    I suppose I've read just about everything on Elvis, so why read another? This one was written with a great deal of compassion in terms of the rush to fame at a relatively young age, and then what do you do with the rest of your life? The answer apparently was surround yourself with syc...

    I couldn't put this book down. Ray Connolly has written an excellent biography of Elvis. This book is a very detailed look at "The King of Rock & Roll", from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, to his meteoric rise to stardom, his forgettable movie career, and his eventual bloated, dr...

    I'm not a super fan, but I've always been drawn to Elvis since first seeing him singing Jailhouse Rock on TV when I was four-years-old. I visited Graceland and Sun Studio recently during a road trip with my brother and sister. When I returned home I picked up this biography from my...

    Solid biography of the King, without any sensationalism. There is more of his dealings with the infamous colonel here then in other books. But to understand that relationship you have to understand the back ground of Elvis and his family. It is not until late in the story does the read...

  • Jodie
    Nov 30, 2016

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

  • Laura Simis
    Mar 02, 2018

    Even though there wasn't much in here that I hadn't read somewhere else or heard before, as a fan, I still enjoyed revisiting Elvis's life. What was different about this book on Elvis was the revelation of just how sad and lonely his life really was. Elvis himself alluded to this in hi...

    I?ve read a ton of Elvis bios and while this one is far from being the worst (talking about you Albert Goldman!), it?s not exactly the best either. This is a great read for those who are either casual Elvis fans or those who have never read a bio of him before. There were a few tid...

    I'm not an Elvis fan, at least no more than a general like/appreciation for some of his songs. He died when I was 2. Yet, what does it say about a pop icon who still manages to figure into my life in small ways even though he died before my rock-n-roll time? My favorite great aunt talk...

    Okay, wow... This book is amazing! Having grown up listening to Elvis I will always be a huge fan of his, and this is a must read for anyone that's also an Elvis fan! ...

    I knew almost nothing about Elvis prior to starting this book, but I have always wanted to visit Graceland. I'm not necessarily sure why.. I think I just assumed he lived as extravagantly as he dressed (he is the King after all!) and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about ho...

    I think I've read every book about Elvis Presley. But this one brings new insight into the life he lived. I became newly incensed of scam artist Tom Parker. He should have gone to jail for the life he lived, although because of his manipulation of Elvis and the people around him he pro...

    Well written and interesting bio of Elvis. So much potential for a meaningful career sabotaged by his greedy manager, Tom Parker. His family and friends who should have helped him only enabled the massive self-indulgence that eventually led to his tragic end. But he was a unique talent...

    Hoo boy this was depressing. ...

    I am not an Elvis fan, but I do love biographies. The author puts Elvis into the time and place of his life, showing how the society was changing around. Although Connolly never pins down Elvis' unwavering appeal (not even Elvis himself could figure that out), the book moves beyond the...

    Poorly written with grammatical weirdness and contradictory sections?-the premise of the book is that there was no rock star before Elvis, and that ?being? Elvis was an entirely new thing for which he had to bumble through. I was frustrated by the biography as I only found out ...

    Given Elvis's fame and the volume of words already written about him, it is difficult to find a biography that provides new information and insight. That is true of this book. A well written and well researched book, it essentially replays the Elvis story. The author is guilty of fores...

    a sad & bizarre life. ...

    On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to prescription drugs and terrified that, at any moment, it might all be taken away from him. In Being Elvis, music journalist and screenwriter...

    Connolly provides a realistic portrait of Elvis-mania and the effect it had on the man behind it all. We tend to think of celebrities as these untouchable people living fantastic, exciting lives, and this book focused throughout on the effects of fame and how lonely it is at the top. A...