Elvis and the Memphis Mafia

Elvis and the Memphis Mafia


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Elvis and the Memphis Mafia by Alanna Nash, Billy Smith, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike

A monumental oral biography filled with raucous joy, aching loss and terrible poignancy, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia is the first book to capture the King – the man and the phenomenon – in his full complexity. Through revealing interviews with three of Elvis’s closest friends, who were also his protectors and rescuers, Nash achieves the first true mapping of Elvis’s psyche.

Billy Smith – Elvis’s first cousin and the person he reputedly loved most after his own mother – Marty Lacker – best man at his wedding and foreman of the ‘Memphis Mafia’, the King’s handpicked group of gatekeepers and confidants – and Lamar Fike – the touring crew member who accompanied him into the Army – were with Elvis from his teens to his final days and provide unique access to the greatest of all rock and roll legends. The revelations cut through every aspect of Elvis’s life, from the childhood seeds of his drug dependency, through his fear for his mother’s life and his plan to change his identity, to his bizarre self-mutilation. No one who reads this symphonic blending of three proud, ribald, sad and ultimately wistful voices can fail to be profoundly moved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845131289
Publisher: Aurum Press
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Pages: 806
Sales rank: 418,513
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.87(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Alanna Nash is also 'responsible for the best Elvis book to date (Uncut magazine): Elvis Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia.  A feature writer for the New York Times, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I've been on a mission to read all the 'insider' books concerning Elvis, and found this particular one revealing and candid. No fluff. Billy, Lamar, and Marty did a great job of keeping it real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it is written by the people who knew Elvis the closed and were with him through some of the most troublesome events of his life, overall a true masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most comprehensive,realistic account through the lifetime of an enigmatic American icon. Between the three of them they witnessed it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book - most insightful of all the books I have read and I think I have read most books about Elvis! Thanks guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for Elvis fans that want to take a look behind the scenes. Three of Elvis's closest friends, Billy Smith being a friend & family, come together to tell what Elvis was really like. You get a sense of Elvis the man not just the image. Be prepared, it's not always flattering but who in their life is always perfect. Billy, Lamar and Marty loved him and that shines through. Having finished this detailed and personal book I walked away knowing that Elvis was a sensitive, generous,kind and loving man who was extremely talented but also was a human being.
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