Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis

Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis

by Thom Gilbert


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An all-access pass to the private world of Elvis Presley, as photographed by Thom Gilbert, who went behind the scenes to capture these stunning photographs of Elvis artifacts. An intimate look at the The King through an examination of the items he chose to surround himself with, this collection presents portraits, personal memorabilia, jewelry, fashion and knickknacks, and interior images from his homes and birthplace. Adding to this unique portrait of Elvis are inspirational stories from the musicians, intimates, relatives, producers, songwriters, costars and friends who knew him. Gilbert has created an historic collection that encompasses an in-depth cross-section of the people who crossed paths with one of America's most beloved performers and the possessions and treasures that were meaningful to the man who was the most celebrated pop culture icon of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943876037
Publisher: G Arts LLC
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Acclaimed photographer Thom Gilbert's unique portraiture-style work with entertainment industry stars has been featured in Interview, New York magazine, Gotham, and LA Confidential. He has also done commercial work for Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's, Target, and Sundance. Gilbert has been named a Hasselblad Master and has received awards from American Photo magazine for Best Advertising Photography and from Photo District News for Best Commercial Photography. Gilbert's photographs of what he calls "the Iconic Americans" have been highly sought-after. His first book was Soul: Memphis' Original Sound (2014). He lives and works on Long Island in New York.

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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