A review of the latest edition in the "Elvis Files" series of books
By Lee Dawson
I call this series of books “The King of Books! Fit For The King!” and with the latest edition which was released on August 16th, is Volume 4 keeping up the standards?
Volume 4 (it’s actually the 3rd release in the series) focuses on all things Elvis in the years 1965 to 1968 inside the 570 pages. Just like the previous 2 releases (Volumes 2 & 3) we are treated to some gloriously rare and unseen pictures. It’s simply amazing how many unseen pictures Erik Lorentzen brings to us in these books.
As you open the front cover, Elvis from the 68 special greets you along with text with the headline, “THE MOMENT OF TRUTH” and a glimpse at what that show meant covers both the inside front and rear covers of the book. Some great images from the special, a full page colour photo from ‘Frankie & Johnny’ and other images as we are taken through the credits & acknowledgements.
We get an introduction from author Erik Loretnzen, entitled “From Harem Holiday To Guitar Man”. The book starts properly with some cool publicity photo’s and a part adapted from Fortas’ book “From Memphis To Hollywood” with the headline, “Elvis 65: While The Beatles Rocked, The King Slumbered”.
Then we get on with February 24 to April 19, 1965 with a look at “Harum Scarum” and along with informative text we get plenty of great photos which include shots on the set, stills from the movie and of course some beautiful publicity shots and the ever present and always welcome candid snaps. In the middle of the “Harum Scarum” section we get to see more candid snaps including some taken of Elvis and singer Johnny Rivers are riding motorbikes around LA, plus publicity photos taken of Elvis at Graceland on March 1st ’65 by Charles Nicholas of the Commercial Appeal, where we learn from Nicholas how Elvis told of the long photo sessions with Hollywood cameramen in the creation of publicity stills, “I try to cut the time down to three or four hours,” said Elvis, “but sometimes you have to pose for 6 or 8 hours. A man only has so many different smiles and I don’t have many.”
We then get some more candids and then back to “Harum Scarum” with photos and articles from the period. Next stop on the journey is “Frankie & Johnny” and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” with tons of cool images and an article by EIN’s Piers Beagly with the long header reading “The Beatles were
recording Rubber Soul, Bob Dylan was writing Like a Rolling Stone, and Elvis was singing Queenie Wahine’s Papaya, which really sums up just how far removed Elvis was from the music scene. We are also given an example from articles at the time which show he was becoming joke within the business.There is also a transcript of the moment UK Pop star Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits) met Elvis on the set of “P,HS”. I’ve always liked the “Doofers” part where Elvis seemed to be in good humour.
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