"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)


"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the huiman being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


















































































































































































































































































'Inside Loving You'

by Ger Rijff/Chris Giles

Book review

To coincide with the new FTD extended CD release of ‘Loving You’, EIN looks back at the fabulous 2003 book "Inside Loving You" by Ger Rijff & Chris Giles.

Ger Rijff is renown for his magnificent books and this one examines Elvis’ life around the period of filming ‘Loving You’ in early 1957.

Notably this is only the second book (after ‘Elvis: Caught In a Trap’) publicised in an FTD release.

The book features memorabilia, picture sleeves & even cartoons and, most importantly, over 150 very rare or unpublished photos over it’s 134 pages. It also includes an interview by Trevor Cajiao with ‘Loving You’ Director/Screenwriter Hal Kanter. One nice snippet that is revealed is about Colonel Parker…

T.C - Had you ever come across anyone like Colonel Parker before?

Hal Kanter - Not before and not since. I think he's a figment of a vivid imagination. He made up who he was. I remember he sort of hi-jacked the wrap party I organised on the last day of shooting. I hired this nightclub and invited everyone along who'd been involved with the picture. I'd paid for everything out of my own pocket and it cost a fair amount of money. About a hundred people were there having a good time - eating, drinking, dancing and so on. And when we arrived the first thing we saw was a booth that Parker had set up with a big sign on it saying `Elvis And The Colonel Thank You'. And there was Parker himself handing out pictures of Elvis and various other promotional gifts, making out that he'd organised the whole thing.


The booked is crammed with memorabilia & photos from Chris Giles’s sensational collection and there are some truly stunning images in both colour (as above) & black & white. There are plenty of candid photos that I have never seen before, as well as images with Elvis’ family and co-stars.

Publicity shot of Elvis and co-stars Lizabeth Scott & Dolores Hart.
Elvis' parents Vernon & Gladys relax on the film set along with Dolores Hart.

EIN note - These small sample images cannot represent the high production quality of the photographs in the book itself.

More great candids of Elvis in 1957.

Some of the pictures of Elvis in this period are just sensational capturing the boy becoming the star. There is a real youthfulness, innocence, enthusiasm & intensity that you can see in Elvis’ eyes that will soon disappear.

The newspaper clippings are interesting & now I also know what the infamous Radio Recorders studio looks like. If I have any complaints it would be that a few of the photos are printed a little dark and I would have personally liked more information & dates on some of the shots.


On of my favourite photos. Elvis holds co-star Lizabeth Scott by the hips & gives the photographer & mean stare!

However a picture tells a thousand words and the sample images above reveal just how good the book really is. The book is available through London’s Elvis Shop. E-mail elvisshop1@btconnect.com

Verdict – ‘Inside Loving You’ is the perfect accompaniment to the new FTD extended Soundtrack CD release and was one of the great Elvis books of 2003. Exploring these images of Elvis at work & at play helps you understand the excitement & pressure on Elvis during this key year of his life. Things would never be the same. An essential book for fans of fifties Elvis.

Review by Piers Beagley, copyright EIN - February 2006.

Click here for the EIN in-depth review of the 'Loving You' FTD CD.

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(Dr. Gary Enders)

Quote:" Elvis is the 'glue' which holds our society together....which subconciously gives our world meaning"


Quote:"Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis"

(humorist Dave Barry)

Quote:"He is the "Big Bang", and the universe he detonated is still expanding, the pieces are still flying"

(Greil Marcus, "Dead Elvis")

Quote:"I think Elvis Presley will never be solved"

(Nick Tosches)

Quote:"He was the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here"

(Carl Perkins)

Quote:"When I first heard Elvis' voice I just knew I wasn't going to work for anybody...hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail"

(Bob Dylan)

Quote:"When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted was to be Elvis Presley"(Sir Paul McCartney)