Elvis Presley Life in Music

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Ernst Jorgensen has made a lifelong study of Presley, and as the director of RCA's Elvis recordings catalog for the past decade he has been granted exclusive, unlimited access to the label's tape vaults and archives. With Elvis Presley: A Life in Music Jorgensen puts us in the studio for every single session of Elvis's twenty-four-year career, from the first acetate he cut as an eighteen-year-old truck driver in 1953 to the series of concerts recorded just before his death in 1977. At the heart of the book is an ...
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Ernst Jorgensen has made a lifelong study of Presley, and as the director of RCA's Elvis recordings catalog for the past decade he has been granted exclusive, unlimited access to the label's tape vaults and archives. With Elvis Presley: A Life in Music Jorgensen puts us in the studio for every single session of Elvis's twenty-four-year career, from the first acetate he cut as an eighteen-year-old truck driver in 1953 to the series of concerts recorded just before his death in 1977. At the heart of the book is an unparalleled collection of data on the recordings themselves: From complete musician rosters to master-take information, this collection sets a new standard for recording-session guides. Behind such statistics, though, is the story of Elvis Presley the recording artist - master synthesist, driven perfectionist, a one-man industry brought down by the very system built to support him. In a narrative rich with anecdote and insight, Jorgensen reveals how this ambitious singer worked tirelessly to create the sounds he heard in his own mind - and how, even when business or personal trials overwhelmed him, the music was always at the center of his life.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As director of RCA's Elvis catalogue, Jorgensen is one of the key figures behind the Elvis Presley CD box sets RCA has issued in recent years. This book makes a worthy companion to those historic releases. All of the King's known recordings--including rehearsals, live recordings and recordings made in the privacy of his hotel rooms--are approached with the same reverence that his studio sessions inspire, providing a framework for a narrative of Elvis's life. Indeed, eminent Presley biographer Guralnik (Last Train to Memphis) writes that, given Jorgensen's attention to detail, the author is "either a madman or a great detective." While so many Presley books are written by authors who never seem to overcome their poetic sense of awe regarding the King, Jorgensen, being an RCA executive, couches the story of Presley's life in the gritty details of the artist's work and gets past the myths, giving readers a glimpse of what it might have been like to be Elvis. Hence, his is a truly insightful book. 150 photos in color and b&w. Editor, Calvert D. Morgan. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312185725
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 7.91 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.29 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2000

    Great book for Elvisologists

    I have always enjoyed studying Elvis' recording sessions. It's fascinating to see what songs were recorded in a session, who the backup musicians were, how many takes were done, and so on. Yet until now I had never seen the wealth of info on this that Jorgensen has compiled, nor did I imagine that this detail even existed. Jorgensen has done a fine job of gathering it all into a coherent whole, including such vital aspects as the origin of the songs, the legal situation, engineering set-up, and the like. There are many great tidbits, like the time one of Elvis' backup singers gave him a tip on breath control so he could hit a difficult high note. But I have not verified all the data in the book, so I can't guarantee it's 100% accurate. As some reviewers have noted, Jorgensen's book avoids the distracting tabloid obsession with Elvis' personal life, and focuses on what his life was all about - music. An essential book for Elvisologists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    The man From Tupelo,Would Be Here Today..........If....

    He never wanted to be worshipped,because he knew there was only one God.He could not even go out to eat a meal like a real person,he could do nothing like a real person,because there were so many idots out there that would not leave him alone......and they drove him right into an early grave.....and they still won't let him rest. The End.

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