Susan Doll Elvis for Dummies

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Elvis for Dummies

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9780470472026: Elvis for Dummies

The ultimate introduction to the life and works of the King

Want to understand Elvis Presley? This friendly guide covers all phases of Elvis's career, from his musical influences as a teenager in Memphis and his first recordings to his days at Graceland and the mystery surrounding his death. You'll discover little-known details about his life, appreciate his contributions to music and film, and understand why his work still resonates with so many people today.

  • Explore Elvis's musical roots — see how Elvis's childhood and his Southern background influenced the development of his sound
  • Trace the beginnings of his storied career — be there as Elvis makes his first recordings for Sun Records

  • Relive the magic — experience the frenzy and excitement that surrounded Elvis's entrance to the national music scene

  • Take a fresh look at Elvis's films — understand the misconceptions surrounding Elvis's Hollywood career

  • Watch as Elvis reinvents himself — witness his comeback to live performances, culminating with an historic act in Las Vegas

Open the book and find:

  • The significance of the major events in Elvis's career
  • Meanings behind Elvis's music

  • The controversy over his musical performing style

  • Career highlights that no other performer has accomplished

  • A typical Elvis concert — what it was like and what it meant

  • Details on Elvis's television appearances

  • The many ways fans keep Elvis's memory alive

  • An appendix of the important people in Elvis's life

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About the Author:

Susan Doll, PhD, is the author of numerous books on Elvis Presley. A film instructor with 20 years of experience teaching at the college level, she writes extensively on film and popular culture. Doll currently works as a researcher and writer for Facets Multi-Media in Chicago and writes regularly for the Turner Classic Movies Web site.

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