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

  • 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'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...

    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'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'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...

    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...

  • 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'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...

  • 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'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...

  • 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...

  • 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'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'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...

    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 ...

  • 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'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...

    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...

  • 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'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...

    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...

    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...