Good Rockin' Tonight: Twenty Years on the Road and on the Town with Elvis

Good Rockin' Tonight: Twenty Years on the Road and on the Town with Elvis

by Joe Esposito
     
 
After meeting Elvis in the army, Joe Esposito spent nearly two decades with the "King, " as his friend, comrade, and road manager. Now, 17 years following Elvis's death, Joe, writing with freelance journalist Elena Oumano, sets the record straight on the most renowned rock 'n' roll performer of all time in a vivid, poignant book. 16 pp. of photos. HC: Simon & Schuster

Overview

After meeting Elvis in the army, Joe Esposito spent nearly two decades with the "King, " as his friend, comrade, and road manager. Now, 17 years following Elvis's death, Joe, writing with freelance journalist Elena Oumano, sets the record straight on the most renowned rock 'n' roll performer of all time in a vivid, poignant book. 16 pp. of photos. HC: Simon & Schuster.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Esposito, who was Elvis's road manager, tells of his nearly 20 years of friendship with the King. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Even during his 1958-60 army stint, E (as close friends called Elvis) surrounded himself with a group of loyal male friends who were also his assistants. Esposito was quickly assimilated into this group of merry men, who soon became known as the Memphis Mafia. The name came about because Esposito was an Italian from Chicago, and Elvis was intrigued by the idea that he might be involved in organized crime (although he was not). After Elvis completed his tour of duty, Esposito served as his personal manager for almost 20 years, looking after every wide-ranging detail of his personal life. He made sure that Elvis was where he needed to be and that he was fed and comforted; Esposito was partly responsible for placing a constant stream of beautiful women at Elvis's disposal. In a crowded field, Esposito's book offers a unique view of Elvis's life and thus belongs in public libraries that can afford another Elvis biography.-Regina Beach, Mississippi State Univ. Lib., Mississippi State
Benjamin Segedin
In 1958, Esposito, an Italian kid from Chicago, met Elvis Presley, then in the army near Bad Nauheim, Germany. He struck up a friendship that lasted until he helped remove Elvis' body from the bathroom off the master bedroom at Graceland. Elvis' road manager and right-hand man (Elvis named his entourage the Memphis Mafia in honor of Esposito's heritage), Esposito exhibits real love and respect for the King as he tries to set the record straight rather than exploit the Elvis bio market. He makes few revelations (well, maybe the only movie appearance of "Little Elvis" is one: while shooting a dance scene in "Girls! Girls! Girls!", Elvis became aroused; nobody noticed, and the scene ended up in the final cut). Esposito doesn't flinch, though, when recording Elvis' drug addictions, and he defends Dr. Nick, who prescribed massive quantities of drugs for Elvis. He catalogs Elvis' numerous girlfriends (Elvis was afraid to sleep alone, he writes, because of a chronic sleepwalking condition) but represents Elvis' sex life as only a bit peculiar. Ultimately, Esposito adds little to Elvis studies (so to speak). Still, his account will be essential reading for avid fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671795078
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
09/02/1994
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.11(d)

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