The Story of Elvis: The Rise and Fall of the Undisputed King of Rock ’n’ Roll

Fox Chapel. Jul. 2024. 128p. ed. by Dan Peel. ISBN 9781497104679. pap. $19.99. BIOG
Peel (NBA Scrapbook) presents the standard Elvis Presley story against dozens of color and black-and-white photos. Incorporating mostly previously published snapshots and sources, the book begins by describing Presley’s upbringing before charting his regional and national successes. The volume chronicles Presley’s stint in the U.S. Army, his numerous Hollywood films, his much-publicized marriage in 1967 to Priscilla Beaulieu, his 1968 comeback performance, and his life in his Graceland mansion in Memphis. The book concludes with Presley’s rapid decline, his death in 1977 at age 42, and his musical legacy contributions. Peel also critiques and lists the lineups for many of Presley’s records.
VERDICT This lavishly illustrated book with stunning, oversized photos gives a straightforward, accurate, but often-told synopsis of the life and music of the man known as the King of Rock and Roll. Will appeal to Elvis fans, music lovers, and readers who enjoy perusing titles with strong and plentiful images.
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