Jim Piazza The King

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The King

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From his beginnings in a shotgun shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his untimely death at Graceland, Elvis’s life story is stunningly revealed in detail, in words and hundreds of pictures, on a scale that dwarfs anything previously published.

Topics include his childhood and early career, his army years, his rise to superstardom, his Hollywood years (in this section each film is explored in detail and illustrated with stills and posters), Elvis in Las Vegas, his many women, and the industry that has sprung up around his image.

The lively text by Jim Piazza, author of The Academy Awards and Four-Star Movies, includes lots of inside information, behind-the-scenes gossip, and details every Elvis fan needs and wants. A discography, a chronology, and timelines round out this awe-inspiring overview of our most enduring and influential contemporary entertainer. And the eyepopping package—featuring a leather-like binding studded with rhinestones and gold and a lavish, energetic design saturated with color—will be irresistible to every Elvis aficionado, young or old. Every page is 255 square inches of Elvis!

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Jim Piazza is an essayist, screenwriter, and playwright whose personal essays and writings about the media have appeared in The Village Voice and Out magazine. He has been a script analyst for Columbia, Fox, and Paramount Pictures. With Gail Kinn, he is the coauthor of The Greatest Movies Ever (BD&L). He lives in New York City. 

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Starred Review. The life of Elvis Presley is chronicled in a giant (15"×17") tome with 600 color and b&w pictures unearthed from such sources as AP, Photofest and the Getty Archives. Piazza, a former script analyst for Columbia, Fox and Paramount, adds an informative text to the innovative design by Platinum Design's Matthew Bouloutian and Andy Taray. Opening on Presley's Mississippi childhood, an extensive parade of images begins. The volume romps through the decades, highlighting Elvis events with a chronological time line floating at the top of each page, while amusing anecdotes punctuate a striking selection of magazine covers, paintings, photos, posters and other entertaining ephemera, from cinema curiosities to Elvis imitators. Paging through, readers encounter an explosion of sidebars with revelations such as that a suicide note ("I walk the lonely street") inspired "Heartbreak Hotel." Lists abound, from songs to a lengthy litany of comments by Elvis's many girlfriends; burlesque legend Tempest Storm claimed he made her "hornier than a goat in a pepper patch." With a gold metallic Elvis encapsulated among sparkling rhinestones on the front cover, the packaging and presentation should make any Presley collector salivate (the book comes in three different cover backgrounds: black, gold and white). Older Elvis fans may find the tiny typography difficult to decipher, but even they will regard this pictorial portfolio as an opulent treasure. (Nov. 1)
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