An insider's oral history from dirt-poor Tupelo beginnings through to bloated, lonesome end'
Elvis died on 16 August 1977. He was just 42 years of age and had been the first global superstar of the rock'n'roll era: the King. An eager world followed his every appearance, flocked to his movies and bought his records in the millions. But what was he like as a colleague, as a friend, as a brother, as a lover?
Imagine Elvis's relatives, friends, musical colleagues and business associates gathering to remember him and swap stories about him. In this close-up and intimate oral biography, that's just what nearly one hundred and fifty of them do, many of them speaking for the first time.
'Elvis had a thing about someone shooting and killing him for no reason. At my wedding he had five guns on in the church - one close up under each arm, one stuck in his belt, one behind him and one in his boot.'
Sonny West, Bodyguard.
'There were times when he was very, very difficult. There was a lot of heartache, and he exhibited a lot of self destructive behaviour, which was very difficult for me, you know - watching someone I loved so much destroy himself.'
Linda Thompson, girlfriend.show more