Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis

Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis


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Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis by Thom Gilbert

Larger-than-life in talent, Elvis Presley was also legendarily charismatic, a man who left a deep and lasting impression on every person who knew him. Blue Suede Shoes is an all-access pass to the personal world of Elvis Presley, an intimate look at the culture he created and the legacy he left behind. From photographer Thom Gilbert (Soul: Memphis’ Original Sound) comes this unique visual history, an interplay of photographs and stories that reveal the private Elvis. This stunningly photographed collection pairs personal anecdotes from 75 of Elvis's friends, fellow musicians, and fans, with portraits of the people whose lives he touched and the objects and artifacts he left behind. Rediscover the man behind the image through these photographs of the places he lived and recorded, the jewelry and clothing he wore, and even the gifts he chose for friends (plus, uniquely, items that were given to Elvis) and through reading first-hand accounts from those whose experienced his profound generosity. A magnificent gift for fans old and new, Blue Suede Shoes provides a beautiful and insightful look at one of America’s most beloved performers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943876037
Publisher: Glitterati Editions
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 1,210,455
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Thom Gilbert is an award-winning photographer. Thom's work has appeared in numerous publications, including New York Magazine, Interview, Gotham, and LA Confidential.

Kim Novak is an award-winning actress whose illustrious film career includes Pal Joey, Vertigo, The Mirror Crack'd, and a regular role on the television show Falcon Crest. She lives in Sams Valley, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Kim NovakIntroduction by Thom GilbertThe Early YearsIncludes:-Elvis's birthplace, his first guitar, memories from high school friend George Klein, musicians including J.D. Sumner and Terry Blackwood, and girlfriend Dixie LockwoodThe Late 1950sIncludes: -Sun Studios, memories of Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana; Glen Campbell; clothier Hal Lansky-RCA Studio B, musicians including Glen Glenn, Bob Moore; girlfriend Anita Wood, and moreThe 1960sIncludes:-Elvis's movie costars, including Anne Helm, Darlene Tompkins, Celeste Yarnall, Mary Ann Mobley, and girlfriend Sandy Martindale-Graceland, the Honeymoon House, the cars, the clothesThe 1970sIncludes:-the Vegas years, featuring memories from the Memphis Mafia, girlfriends such as Linda Thompson, musicians including The Stamps Quartet, the TCB Band-images of Elvis's stage outfits and personal items, jewelry, gifts given and received, his plane (The Lisa Marie) and more

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