Elvis books riding high on Amazon USA best-selling charts: Undoubtedly thanks to the ELVIS biopic, a few days ago on Amazon's Top 50 Rock Music list, Elvis had an incredible 12 titles!:
#3 - Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (Peter Guralnick) (softcover)
#5 - The Colonel (Alanna Nash) (softcover)
#7 - Last Train to Memphis (Audible Audiobook)
#11 - Last Train to Memphis (Kindle enhanced with audio)
#14 - Careless Love (Peter Guralnick) (softcover)
#18 - The Colonel (Nash) (Kindle)
#20 - The Colonel (Nash) (Audible Audiobook)
#23 - Careless Love (Kindle enhanced with audio)
#26 - Elvis & Ginger (Ginger Alden) (Audible Audiobook)
#30 - Last Train to Memphis (Hardback)
#39 - Elvis & the Memphis Mafia (Alanna Nash) (Softcover)
#47 - Me and A Guy Named Elvis (Jerry Schilling) (softcover).
At the same time, Elvis had six of the Top 10 selling books in Amazon's Best Sellers in Music History & Criticism list. Five of the top 6 books were Elvis related:
#1 - Last Train to Memphis (Guralnick) (softcover)
#3- The Colonel (Alanna Nash) (softcover)
#4 - Last Train to Memphis (Kindle enhanced with audio/video)
#5 - The Colonel (Nash) (Kindle)
And #1 on Amazon's Best Selling Popular Music list is Alanna Nash's 'The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley'. Read EIN's interview with Alanna Nash here (News, Source: EIN/Hubert (in Hungary)/Amazon)
Elvis biopic box office update: Elvis was the #1 grossing film at the US box office on Tuesday taking in yet another $5.26M.
That brings its worldwide total already to $60.7M.
Nearly 45 years after his death it is truly stunning that the legend of ELVIS is being understood, questioned and appreciated by yet another new generation.
(News, Source: Box Office Mojo/EIN)
Elvis biopic 'Original Soundtrack Album' #1 in US and UK: With the Elvis biopic and Alanna Nash's book, The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley hitting #1 on box office and book sales charts respectively, the film's 'ELVIS Original Soundtrack' album is also #1 on Amazon UK's Film Music and Amazon USA's Soundtracks sales charts.
"Why I couldn’t help falling in love with Austin Butler’s Elvis": The Sydney Morning Herald's Meg Watson neatly explains why Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic is hitting all the right spots. Her article includes...
... Like many people who flocked to see Baz Luhrmann’s new film in the past week, I was prepared to hate 'ELVIS'.
I mean, the reviews didn’t give me much of a choice. This 159-minute biopic (yes, you read that right) has been labelled “utterly deranged” and “tirelessly inescapable”. It’s been derided as “a pointless explosion of super-spangly sparkles” and a “gaudily decorated Wikipedia article”.
Some critics (mostly men) may call it boring. But Austin Butler captures the excitement and sex appeal of Elvis for a whole new generation.
Then there was the added cringe of Tom Hanks. His performance as Elvis’ manipulative manager Colonel Tom Parker is widely regarded as the worst of his career. And, in one critic’s estimation, Parker – part Mike Myer’s Goldmember, part Foghorn Leghorn – is “the most insufferable movie character ever conceived”.
But I think it would be a mistake to let that overshadow the film’s best performance.
Whatever you make of Hanks’ fat suit and Luhrmann’s trademark flair, as the titular Elvis, Austin Butler is undeniable.
Butler is so good, in fact, that critics, fans and Elvis’ own daughter are tipping him for the best actor Oscar – nine months out from the awards.
The task of performing Elvis – let alone performing Elvis for his immediate family – is monumental when you think about it. Elvis was a unique and almost other-worldly figure who redefined the bounds of fandom and popular entertainment in the 20th century. He was the King of Rock and Roll. That comes with a phenomenal amount of pressure and expectation.
But it’s not just that. The King also inspired an entire industry of impersonators and tribute artists (many operating while he was still alive) attempting to capture a glimmer of his likeness and talent. And, partly because of this and partly because pop culture mythology isn’t static or set over time, his image has been distorted
with each year since his death. How do you go about delivering a fresh performance of a man who has likely been performed more than anyone else on the planet? And how do you do that in a way that is sincere and affecting for a generation that has largely grown up associating him with fried peanut butter sandwiches and cheesy Vegas matinées?
Butler found a way. And, when you combine that with the Oscars’ love of both biopics and method acting (the actor is still strangely doing the Elvis voice in press junket interviews), his work probably will earn him a nomination.
I’ve spoken to a lot of Elvis tribute artists in the past, both for work and pleasure, and they always say the act of performing Elvis well comes down to two things: respect and joy. It’s about honouring his legacy and keeping the magic of his performances alive.
For all its glitz and frenzy, ELVIS does just that. And through Butler’s performance (especially on stage during Elvis’ electrifying and hip-gyrating early years), that magic is strong enough to enthral people who haven’t previously cared about Elvis at all.
Sure, some critics have called the film boring or tedious. But with a 94 per cent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Austin Butler’s Elvis is clearly giving cinema-goers a very real understanding of what their grandmas were once screaming about.
(see full SMH article here) (News, Source;SMH/ElvisInfoNet)
FINAL WEEKS OF 'ELVIS: DIRECT FROM GRACELAND' 19 March - 17 July: If you're yet to visit Australia's exclusive exhibition 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' you better get in quick. The final weekends are SOLD OUT, but there are tickets available Monday to Friday. Exploring the extraordinary life and style of one of the most iconic public figures of the 20th century, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition is exclusive to Bendigo Art Gallery and cannot be extended.
New Vinyl 'Elvis Presley The King and Colonel Parker: From Trailer Park To Graceland': The German 'Vinyl Magic' Public-Domain label has announced the release of this “unofficial” tie-in album to the Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic. They state.. This summer, the new film, "Elvis“, is released in cinemas. This toxic but most successful partnership in music history also sets the stage for the album The King And Colonel Parker. It includes Elvis‘ first songs from Sun Records and all the big hits, of the King‘s first career, after Colonel Tom Parker had negotiated a gigantic contract with the RCA label and Elvis was bought out of his ongoing contract.
Colonel Parker was also the first music manager to have the idea of marketing singles specifically through motion pictures. The Colonel was also a pioneer in merchandise. Even in the young King‘s first year of success (1956), an incredible 22 million dollars was earned with Elvis merchandise. Side A:
1. That‘s All Right,
2. Baby, Let‘s Play House,
3. I Forgot To Remember To Forget,
4. Heartbreak Hotel,
5. Hound Dog,
6. Don‘t Be Cruel,
7. Love Me Tender, 8. All Shook Up,
9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,
10. Jailhouse Rock
1. A Big Hunk O' Love,
2. Stuck On You ,
3. It‘s Now Or Never,
4. Are You Lonesome Tonight,
5. Wooden Heart,
7. Good Luck Charm,
8. Return To Sender,
9. Can‘t Help Falling In Love Click here to Vinyl Magicto purchase - priced at 25€ (News, Source: EDBD; Vinyl Magic/ElvisInfoNet)
'The 1971 Soundboard Collection & More Vol 2' Bootleg: This comprehensive deluxe set contains three fantastic sounding soundboard recordings. Two were recorded during his first Vegas season in 1971 & one was recorded during his one and only live performance in Boston, Massachusetts. After finishing the closing show at the International Hotel (featured on this set) Elvis had a three week break until his first recording session of the year. This one day recording session in March 1971 resulted in one track being released on the Grammy-winning album “He Touched Me” and some cuts being released in 1972 on the “Elvis Now” and “Elvis” (Fool) album. The real studio work began in May & June of 1971. Following these recording sessions Elvis went back on tour again in July 1971. Sadly, no soundboard recordings of these shows have surfaced to date. The Boston November recording is the only recording of a tour show. Obviously a show this big creates a complete different ambiance.
Available in a red and blue vinyl edition.
Included are: 3 vinyl records - 3 compact discs - a fold out poster - bonus photo EIN NOTE: These must be for vinyl collectors as these soundboards have all recently been released in greatly improved "stereo" by UK's MRS label - why would anyone want these on bootleg? Go to 'All The CD News 2022' for tracklisting
The Movie Files Vol.1' Import CD: Petticoat records is back! (EIN: "Yippee"!) This time with a fantastic vinyl album full of movie classics.
This high quality album (including bonus CD) featuring 18 rare and hard to find alternate versions is now available.
And as always housed in a STUNNING full color sleeve suitable for framing!
This high quality 180 grams virgin vinyl pressing is now available in RED or BLUE vinyl.
Petticoat say "Don't miss out on this wonderful limited edition album." EIN SAYS: Do vinyl collectors really need alternate takes of songs such as 'The Bullfighter Was A Lady', 'The Yellow Rose Of Texas' or 'Cotton Candy Land'? Can we hear the scraping of the barrel? Go to 'All The CD News 2022' for tracklisting
'Elvis at the Astrodome' Import Boxset: Another low-quality boxset... . The "Tupelo" label announces a new 6 CD and 1 DVD boxset.
It features the six shows from the Houston Astrodome in 1970 and they are all AUDIENCE recordings.
EIN NOTE: As collectors know the Houston Astrodome audience recordings are - sadly - all pretty un-listenable.
The Tupelo label has posted a YouTube trailer (notice that comments are turned off!) where they present 'the BEST' of this new set. Is this really a trailer that leaves one wanting more?
ELVIS biopic the clear #1: Once final figures were in, ELVIS stood alone at the top of the US box office
with $31.2M (up from $30.5m) for its debut weekend. Top Gun Maverick, which was initially
provisionally equal with Elvis, was revised down to $29.6M. Receipts for ELVIS were identical in the UK
and Australia with both areas registering weekend box office of US$4.7m. France recorded US$2m. The film's adjusted worldwide total for the weekend was $51.2m.
The film does not open in Japan
until 1 July and major countries (Argentina and Brazil) in South America until 14 July. Finland and
Sweden release is on 29 June.
The release date for China is not yet known.
(News, Source: Box OfficeMojo/IMDB)
Another Elvis #1....this time in books: Congratulations to acclaimed author, Alanna Nash, as the re-issue of her book, The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, is the #1 selling book in Amazon USA's Popular Music (Books) category. Amazon also has it ranked #2 in both Music History (Books) and Criticism and Music Business (Books).
'The Elvis Business Is Booming Into the Billions': Billboard recently published an article how "With the new biopic, booming publishing valuations and his continued cultural cache, the value of Presley's estate is doing gangbusters." It included ...
.. Of all the songs the Elvis filmmakers ran by Peter Raleigh for publishing approval, one jumped out at him: “Cotton Candy Land,” a 1963 ballad Elvis Presley sang to a sleeping girl in It Happened at the World’s Fair. “It’s an unexpected choice for an Elvis biopic,” says Raleigh, co-president of Raleigh Music Group, which administers 25% of Presley’s song catalog, who approved the Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak cover for the film. “But it does work for the context.”
In addition to Graceland the late Presley’s song catalog is the jewel of his estate holdings. Graceland draws 700,000 visitors a year, and Presley’s posthumous popularity is constant, with occasional spikes from movies or other cultural events such as 2002 'A Little Less Conversation' remix. Luhrmann's ELVIS movie is sure to do the same.
These intermittent revenue boosts are crucial for
the investors who have plowed tens of millions into Presley’s estate in recent years.
Aside from Graceland, the bulk of the Presley estate’s value is in the 650 compositions for which it owns co-publishing rights. Billboard estimates Presley’s catalog generated publishing royalties that averaged $12 million annually over the last three years; of that, Authentic Brands took about $4.5 million. The estate, however, doesn’t profit as much from other valuable Presley holdings – in 1973, Parker made a deal to sell all of Presley’s master recordings to RCA Records for $5.4 million, which means the label pays no royalties to the estate for tracks released before 1973.
Sony Music-owned RCA Records has earned an average $23.5 million in annual revenue over the past three years. "Elvis consistently is one of our top 10 artists” says Lyn Koppe, executive vp of global catalog for Sony Music.
The new ELVIS film stands to turbo-charge this kind
of listening trend. Baz Lurhmann took over an office at Graceland and incorporated the estate’s resources into his work. “If he didn’t know a date of an event, the historian at Graceland had access to his entire life."
EPE's Joel Weinshanker says the estate went “back and forth with Baz” over rights to songs, as well as other intellectual-property holdings such as the singer’s name and likeness, trademarks, merchandising and, of course, anything pertaining to Graceland, in 2018. “I took Baz down to Memphis and we spent several days going through Graceland and talking about who Elvis was, what he desired, what his fears were.”
Lisa Marie as well as Priscilla have made effusive endorsements. More importantly, the film is an investment, a marketable product that could potentially generate serious revenue for the estate for years to come. ABG notes, “We think this soundtrack is going to live forever, and hopefully be the entry point for fans to hear about Elvis in an entirely new way.” (News, Source;Billboard/ElvisInfoNet)
Is Sony/ RCA on the ball? Surprisingly, the one major organisation “dragging the chain” with regard to capitalising on the success of the new movie appears to be Sony Music….
Considering the high level of media and public interest in the biopic you would also expect Sony to have CDs available to buy when the film launched, and interest is at its highest. Yet in all countries the ELVIS soundtrack album is not being released until late July while the expanded edition of 30 #1 Hits is listed for release in the US and UK on July 8 – based on several Amazon sites it does appear to be already available in a number of European countries.
Sony Australia has announced the soundtrack album (late July) but at this time only import copies of the 30 #1 Hits 2CD are listed on Australian sites, at a cost of nearly $100! A missed opportunity?
Col Parker must be turning in his grave!
(News, Source: EIN; EDBD)
'The Elvis Presley Channel' Offical Launch: Today the entertainment / streaming company Cinedigm Corp announced the launch of The Elvis Presley Channel. In partnership with EPE / ABG the new streaming channel comprises Elvis Presley films and specials along with additional movies, series and lifestyle programming inspired by Elvis - including new, original series in development.
Now available in the USA, The Elvis Presley Channel is accessible as a free, ad-supported streaming television channel on connected TVs, digital set-top boxes, media-streaming devices and online. With an overall reach of more than 100 million devices, fans can find the linear channel through several popular streaming platforms, including LG Channels, Amazon Freevee, VIZIO WatchFree+, Comcast's Xumo, Plex, Local Now and Dish Sling TV. Additionally, the Xfinity 'What to Watch' channel on XUMO will feature a curated collection of films and documentaries from Elvis channel during primetime starting the weekend of July 2, and continuing weekly throughout the rest of July.
Cinedigm President Erick Opeka said, "Elvis Presley is an iconic performer whose global appeal transcends across generations and a diverse range of fans. We see his ongoing influence today in music, movies, fashion and culture. Building on this expansive legacy, The Elvis Presley Channel will provide compelling programs, including exclusive and eclectic original series and specials, across a variety of concert, documentary and scripted content genres. With the channel, we aim to not only thrill current fans and showcase Elvis' influences and demonstrate enduring impact but to engage new generations of fans through our curated and creative program line-up." The Elvis Channel features two 12-hour blocks (aka “wheels”) of content.
Cinedigm will regularly refresh the programming on the channel, with upwards of 175 hours of Elvis and Elvis-adjacent material expected to be
featured each month.
2022 is a banner year for Elvis with the launch of ELVIS, from Baz Luhrmann plus the 45th anniversary of Elvis' passing at Elvis Week 2022 from August 9 - August 17. Additionally, Netflix is slated to launch the Elvis animated action-comedy series "Agent King" and Sony has two Elvis albums planned later this year. The Elvis Presley Channel "a Mix of New and Classic Programming" Refreshed monthly with hundreds of hours of films and series, The Elvis Presley Channel will provide viewers with an intimate look at one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. Through exclusively streamed films, series and documentaries, fans can relive the glory days of rock ‘n' roll with the legend who transformed music. Programming curated by Cinedigm for the channel will include:
Exclusive films and specials such as the Elvis '68 Comeback Special, Elvis Aloha From Hawaii and both the broadcast & unedited versions of 'Elvis, by the Presleys'.
Themed programming blocks including Elvis'
Favorites, Friends of Elvis, Elvis Inspired Reality and Lifestyle Programming, African American Artists that Inspired Elvis and 50's Rock N' Roll Rebel Movies. Fans will be able to tune in for hours watching some of Elvis' favorite TV and film content including The Beverly Hillbillies, John Wayne movies such as Angel and the Badman, Blue Steel and Riders of Destiny, as well as Bruce Lee films like Warrior's Journey and The Man The Myth.
Search Your TV guides for more ie Amazon Freevee (News, Source;Cinedigm/ElvisInfoNet)
The Day After: Austin Butler's hospitalised after he finished filming Elvis: Having seen his stunning performance it can be no surprise that Austin Butler suffered exhaustion once the movie wrapped. The actor said he devoted two years of his life to the film, obsessively researching Presley and gradually transforming into him. Butler went through daily routines wondering how Presley did them. When the movie wrapped, Butler struggled to let go.
"Suddenly, it was me brushing my teeth, now it’s me doing these mundane things. It was a real existential crisis when I finished," said Butler. "The next morning, I woke up, and I couldn’t walk. I thought my appendix burst. It was the most excruciating pain in my stomach, so they took me to the emergency room. It’s wild how your body can kind of hold on for the duration of doing something."
The virus simulated appendicitis and left Butler bedridden for one week.
Considering how Butler immersed himself in the role of Elvis it is perhaps not surprising his body reacted when filming wrapped. As GQ reported -
“The producers were ready to whisk Butler home to Los Angeles, but he decided to stay put and hole up and use the break to dig even deeper into his character. He basically turned his apartment into a detective scene, à la Charlie in ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ unearthing a vast mail-room conspiracy. ‘Just images of Elvis everywhere, from every time period,’ says Butler. ‘I think the film would have been very different if we had started shooting at that point, and I’m grateful I had the time to let myself marinate.'”
Butler also prepped for “Elvis” by meeting with the late music icon’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley. “She looked like an angel,” Butler said. “I walked down the hall with Baz afterwards with tears in my eyes.” Priscilla, along with her daughter Lisa Marie and granddaughter Riley Keough, have all since raved about “Elvis” and have praised Butler for his performance. (News, Source:AAP/ElvisInfoNet)
My Diary & Elvis (Kathy Tatum) - revised edition: An updated edition of Ms Tatum's book, originally published as Love Beads from Elvis: The Diary of Kathy Tatum in 2015, is also available in softcover and Kindle formats. The 148 page book is described as:
“I want you to come to Vegas with me…”
What was it about me that attracted him?
How many starry-eyed girls made diary entries of long kissing sessions with the King? Numerous of fans clambered to see Elvis outside the gates of Graceland in the summer of 1969. When my sister called his name and asked for a kiss, I got one, too. And then another. And another…
Within these pages, I share my treasured memories with Elvis, pulled from my diary of those days. The innocent voice of a newly sixteen-year-old girl is peppered into a narrative spun today, as I am now a mother and grandmother.
Why me? I have often wondered. Maybe it’s because I never asked him for anything, never demanded nor expected.. All I have from him is a strand of love beads he placed around my neck, a couple of photographs, and the wondrous memories of our times together. These are the days of his life which are etched into my mind and are scribed in the pages of my diary. (News, Source: Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
New Elvis novel published - 'Before Graceland A Novel of Elvis Presley's Childhood' (Nicholas Blaga): The 270 page book, available in softcover and Kindle formats, is described as: Before Graceland is the coming-of-age story of the most enduring pop-cultural icon of all time. Follow eleven-year-old Elvis Presley through the highs of experiencing his first crush, getting his hands on his first guitar, and securing a spot to compete on Children's Day of the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. Follow him through the hardships of his birth home's foreclosure, his beloved mother's health problems, and his father's imprisonment. Book I of the Before Graceland Trilogy frames the journey of the boy who would be King as never before. For before the jumpsuits...there were overalls.. Before Graceland...there were tumbledown shacks. Before the songs could make him famous...one would make him believe. (News, Source: Amazon)
New Kindle book in Spanish - Elvis: El hombre y el mito (Manuel López Poy): Originally published as a softcover edition, but now released in digital (Kindle) format, this book is described as:
This magnificent book by Manuel López Poy –one of the best music journalists in our country– paints a precise and detailed portrait of the King of Rock that masterfully complements the sensational film Elvis by award-winning Baz Luhrmann. Among the numerous biographies dedicated to the figure of Elvis Presley, this one stands out especially for its ability to take us back to the origins of the Tupelo genius – with numerous data, anecdotes and phrases of the protagonist– and the portrait of a musical genre in which blues, country and rock come together. The book also includes:
• The cursed legend of Elvis's first guitar.
• Sun Records, the door of the future.
• The black legend of a white singer.
• The story of the hotel of broken hearts.
• The ‘Million Dollar Quartet’.
• A worthy farewell for a king. (News, Source: EDBD/Amazon US/UK)
Monday 27 June 2022
'ELVIS' tops Australia box-office: On its opening weekend Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic became Australia's second-highest opening for any Australian film in box office history - just shy of the record set by Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in 2013. ELVIS also opened impressively in the US, with a higher-than-expected $US30.5 million, equalling 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the top of the box office as the resurgence of cinema-going continued.
Managing director of Universal Pictures Australasia, Mike Baard, said he was “Absolutely thrilled. People came out in big numbers even though there were a lot of other distractions like 'State of Origin', Minions opening, Top Gun, Jurassic World, Lightyear plus a lot of other movies in theatres. So we are chuffed that it was seen and loved.”
Luhrmann shot Elvis in Queensland with the backing of Hollywood studio Warner Bros and Australian federal and state filmmaking incentives.
Surveys of patrons leaving Australian cinemas showed 91 per cent rated Elvis either “excellent” or “very good” which matched the pre-covid result for 2018's 'A Star Is Born' with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Fifty-six per cent of the film’s weekend audience were female and, despite expectations the film would largely appeal to older viewers who are fans of Presley’s music, 50 per cent were aged under 44. ELVIS took as much on the weekend as the biggest musical
biopic of recent years 'Bohemian Rhapsody' which opened with $6.8 million before making $55.4 million all up.
While that total is considered unrealistic, Elvis could easily pass Luhrmann’s Gatsby ($27.4 million) and Moulin Rouge! ($27.8 million).
Luhrmann's biggest hit in this country is the romantic epic Australia ($37.6 million) which is the second-biggest Australian film hit behind Crocodile Dundee.
American entertainment website Deadline notes that 'ELVIS' had a rocking start with a $50.5 million debut around the world. (News, Source;JM/ElvisInfoNet) - Read EIN's detailed review of the film here.
There is 4 hour cut of the Elvis biopic!: In an interview with
Collider’s Steve Weintraub, writer-director Baz Luhrmann explained... SW: Your editing is very unique compared to a lot of other filmmakers, your style. I'm curious, what is it actually like for you? How long does it for, say Elvis, how long is it for you in the editing room putting this thing together? Baz L: I've got this actually great team. I have two editors that I work with, Mattie and Johno, Matt Villa and Johno Redmond. Then they have a vast team around them. But you're so right, Steven. See, I look upon editing as writing. I write it, then I shoot it. But then I keep writing it in a sense through editorial. Because also I've got a four hour version. I shouldn't say that, but I have.
But I have to make a two and a half hour version and I have to serve the main art. So here's something beautiful. Last night, and we didn't expect this, but the Presley family have been so suddenly embracing of the movie. They brought us back to Graceland and we had a barbecue and we go inside the building,
we're drinking in the jungle room, hanging, like it's a home. We're in Graceland and we're being treated to a warm, loving home.
I'm sitting there with Olivia DeJonge and she says, "Baz, this is crazy. Because remember you rebuilt the jungle room. I've never been here to Graceland. This is exactly like the jungle room set that we shot In the Ghetto, Elvis recording." Now, I didn't use that in the movie. As much as you love that scene, you go, "No. Structurally if we go there, we're not going to go onto the drama of the next beat." So it's relentless cut and recut, try and restyle. I'm even doing revoice overing and pickups as I go through the editorial process. It's like molding clay. I never finish. SW: I would love to see a longer version of this movie as a fan of Elvis and as a fan of yours. You mentioned you have like a four-hour cut. Is that a cut that you were happy to show it or is it like that's an assembly cut? Baz L: It's an assembly. It's a different kind of movie. I wanted to make a movie for the theater, right? I make theatrical movies. My mission is to make a movie that's not a franchise movie. All respect to franchise movies by the way. I love my Batman.But I want to make a movie that cross generations, will come in that's not a franchise and sit in a dark room with strangers and commune in a vast American story, a vast American opera. That's what I hope this will be and that's what I'm fighting for is to try and bring audiences of all types back to the theater.
EIN Note: At the Sydney premiere (see EIN exclusive here) Luhrmann also explained that he never feels he is truly finished with his films edit and noted that his "longer cut" could come out later on a DVD release. (News, Source: Steve Weintraub, collider.com/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis honoured with Presley Family hand-prints At Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre: Elvis' family - along with director Baz Luhrmann and friend Jerry Schilling - have honored Elvis' contribution to Hollywood by having their hand prints included outside the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Lisa Marie noted, “My family and I are so truly honored and grateful to have been asked to put our handprints in such an incredible and historic place together”
Priscilla Presley said, “Certainly if Elvis had lived he would have been given this honor as having been become a part of his tradition of Hollywood history."
“One of his biggest dreams was to be acknowledged in Hollywood,” added Baz Luhrmann. “That is why we are here today. To honor and acknowledge his legacy”.
The photo shows, Back row: Jerry Schilling, director Baz Luhrmann and actor Austin Butler
Front row: Harper Presley Lockwood, Lisa Marie, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough and Finley Presley Lockwood. (News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)
Sunday 26 June 2022
Marketing Elvis in the shadow of the Elvis biopic: It has been a long time since there has been such a high level of media and public interest in Elvis. And the reason why is the Baz Luhrmann film extravaganza, ELVIS. With the biopic now screening in cinemas worldwide, it is interesting to see its impact in the general market (rather than fan market) where there are a plethora of new releases and re-issues hoping to feed off interest in Elvis generated by the film.
Musically, Sony has the ELVIS Original soundtrack album, featuring both original Elvis recordings and songs from the film by contemporary artists including Doja Cat, Yola, Jack White, and Eminem(EIN note - the soundtrack features some wonderful contemporary adaptations). Sony has also announced 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits Expanded Edition' a 2CD release comprising the titular album and its follow up, 'Elvis Second to None'.
In the book world, Alanna Nash's 'The Colonel: The
The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley', has been reissued, as has Gillian Gaar's, 'Elvis The Legend: The Authorized Book from the Official Graceland Archives' (in several countries/languages with a striking black cover).
In August, CD Audio and Audio book editions of Priscilla Presley's memoir, Elvis and Me will be released. Also, in the wings is a general market hardcover book, Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender, by Michael O'Neill, a re-issue of Alfred Wertheimer's stunning coffee-table book, Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll plus the re-issue of Steve Binder's 'Elvis '68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special'.
There are also a swag of magazines already on or soon to be on newsstands. LIFE has republished its popular, Remembering Elvis Presley, while other titles are Elvis & The Colonel: The Complete Story and Elvis The King Lives On (1 August), while England's New Musical Express (NME) has published an online and physical one-off magazine, Elvis Film Special Edition - Taking Care of Business. Elvis related cover stories have also appeared in a diverse range of magazines including Vintage Rock (UK), American Legend (France), le film francais (France), soir mag (France), Cinema Teaser (France), TV Film (Italy), Veronica Superguide (Netherlands), TV Krant (Netherlands), Star Magazine (USA), and Vogue (Australia).
Similar to the 2002 Elvis media explosion when the 'ALLC' Remix went to #1 worldwide, people want to talk about ELVIS and the younger generation have again become more fascinated by this larger-than-life icon. The Doja Cat 'Vegas' single (18 million+ views on YouTube) was a very smart lead-single promo for the new film.
By all accounts there has also been an uptick in demand for the services of Elvis Tribute Artists. - (News, Source: EIN; EDBD)
'ELVIS' 5-Star Reviews: Glowing reviews for Baz Lurhmann's 'ELVIS keep' rolling on in..
The well-respected UK Guardian stated.. "Blistering, turbocharged chronicle of the King" 5 Stars.
... From an opening that cheekily evokes the dropped snow globe of Citizen Kane to an Unchained Melody finale that had me crying in the chapel, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is a turned-up-to-11 treat. This blistering pop biopic combines the kinetic musical madness of Moulin Rouge! with the turbo-charged irreverence of The Great Gatsby, the Shakespearian tragedy of Romeo+Juliet and the “what-all-of-it!?” ambition of Australia. It’s a riotously audacious work, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the king of rock’n’roll and his puppet-master promoter, the latter of whom narrates the story and who tells his money-spinning client: “We are the same, you and I – two odd, lonely children, reaching for eternity.”
Of the actors who have previously tried to bottle Elvis’ lightning-like magic – from Kurt Russell, Rob Youngblood to the more recently, Michael Shannon in the goofy 'Elvis & Nixon' none has come close to the physical, emotional, electrical energy that throbs through Austin Butler’s titular performance here.
Luhrmann’s co-writers are clear on the true roots of Presley’s success, from scenes of the young Elvis feeling the gospel spirit move him in church to Big
Mama Thornton rocking Hound Dog upstairs at Club Handy, Little Richard offering flamboyant inspiration and Mahalia Jackson making “the music that makes me happy”. A poignant drop of Elvis’s spoken-word 'Men with Broken Hearts' amid the end credits vocals of In the Ghetto is the cherry on the cake of a film that knows its subject, but isn’t afraid to play fast and loose with a familiar tune. (see full review here)
Canberra Times - "Elvis is an exhilarating and brilliant homage to a tortured icon" 5 Stars
... The King has been gone a while now but that doesn't mean people don't feel a connection and want to bring him back. Just what was it about Elvis Presley that spoke to so many of us, made us feel he was reaching out?
It guarantees a ready-made audience for this
intensely immersive cinema experience that is so steeped in Elvis' life story it barely pauses for breath over 160 minutes of running time.
A Baz Luhrmann film is by definition high-energy, and Elvis was never going to be any exception. It generates exuberance from its jewel-encrusted, exuberant opening credits through to the story's tragic end, every frame filled with lavish production detail.
This is an exceptional collaboration from Luhrmann and his partner, the production and costume designer Catherine Martin, the recipient of four Oscars.
This is Luhrmann's sixth feature film. Four of these are in the top ten all-time hits at the Australian box office, which is no bad feat in a notoriously capricious market. I do expect that 'ELVIS' will eventually join them. (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)
"ELVIS" ABC Review: ABC film critic Zak Hepburn raised some interesting new points in his review this week..
...'Elvis' is Baz and Catherine Martin's epic telling of Elvis' life and it is delivered in the requisite Baz Lurhmann way. Now that may be too much for some people. I think that this is an film you really have to tune in to. I love it, I actually think it's Baz's best work since Romeo and Juliet.
The first act is 100% Baz Luhrmann, smash grabs, zooms and a fusion of music. Essentially you've got this epic telling of Elvis' life but it's not only a biopic though, it's about the whole Elvis mystique, the legacy of Elvis.
And that's what I love about this film, the fusion of all those traditional biopic tropes that we all know - but it also looks at the impact of Elvis and also those that manipulated him for their own gain.
The cast is absolutely exquisite.Austin Butler as Elvis is one of the best performances I've seen in some time. He has really become Elvis.
The other impressive performance in the film is, of course, Tom Hanks as Col Parker. Usually "Mr Good guy" but here he's doing something different with this performance. I really appreciated it because what we're doing here is using the idea of Tom Hanks and we're taking it in a new direction, 'cos he is actually the villain of the piece. The film is narrated by Tom Parker and Luhrmann's using that idea that Tom Hanks is everyone's "best friend" just like everyone thought Col Parker was everyone's "best friend". And that is the clever manipulation of the audience.
I think there'll be a few divisive fans out there, because it does take a huge stylistic leap. But Baz of course does nothing by halves - and in an Elvis Biopic you'd expect nothing less. It is almost an evolution of the Biopic, from such as Rocket Man with Elton John, Bohemian Rhapsody with Freddie Mercury. This feels like something different by Baz tapping into the idea that Elvis and his influence has touched so many facets of pop culture and by weaving all that into this incredible tapestry.
I was really wrapped up in the movie particularly the third act. There is a moment were it cuts into actual footage of Elvis and it sends shivers throughout the audience, because the performance is so impeccable.
The retelling of the 68 Comeback Special is also really fantastic, there is a lot going on here.
The costume design is exquisite, the production design is exquisite, the music is exquisite. I really really really loved this film.
Anyone who has suspicious minds about this movie can lay those worries to rest - I think Baz has a real winner on his hands here. (News, Source;ABCNewsBreakfast/ElvisInfoNet)
Thursday 23 June 2022 - - - "ELVIS" opens in Australia - - -
'ELVIS' opens in Australia: Today Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic opened in cinemas throughout Australia. The theatres were packed and audiences thrilled as they relived the power and excitement of the King Of Rock'n'Roll almost 45 years after his untimely death.
The Australian ABC channel posted their review today noting...
.. The story of Elvis Presley is no less than the story of rock 'n' roll, from the backwater shacks and steamy late night clubs of the American south to prime-time national television.
And Luhrmann bravely takes it all in his kaleidoscopic sweep: with its often-hyperactive camerawork, the film plays as a 159-minute musical roller-coaster ride through Elvis' 42 years. You're liable to get all shook up, if not from tenderness of feeling then possibly from motion sickness.
Stepping into the King's blue suede shoes is Austin Butler, a blue-eyed Californian whose previous credits are mostly limited to teeny-bopper TV. A relative unknown, he's able to disappear into the role in a way that a bigger player (like Michael
Shannon, playing the lonely King in 2016's Elvis & Nixon, for instance) couldn't.
Much like Kurt Russell previously, Austin Butler gives a performance that should grant him entrée to the pantheon of hot young silver screen stars.
The film's sidelong look at its subject evokes Citizen Kane and like Kane.. Luhrmann's Elvis ultimately remains elusive; a larger-than-life figure able to be known only through so many layers of mediation – through his gold sunglasses and the camera lens.
The musical anachronism that felt egregious in The Great Gatsby, a story that is on some level about taste, plays better here.
It works in part because there's a discernible logic to the more outré numbers: Doja Cat's Vegas, woven into a scene of Black nightlife on Memphis' Beale Street, gives Hound Dog back to Big Mama Thornton the first artist to record the track.
But it's also because Elvis himself, once just a boy with "greasy hair" and "girly make-up" who dreamed of buying a hot pink Cadillac, always defied good taste. In his landmark 1968 TV special, he sandwiched a musical number set in a brothel between a gospel medley and a
"kung fu spectacular". The King didn't discriminate – and it's precisely for that reason that he would come to define rock 'n' roll. -
Luhrmann is no Elvis Presley, but you gotta love a spirited impersonation. (News, Source:ABC/ElvisInfoNet)
"ELVIS" Behind The Scenes: A neat seven minute clip from Screen Australia about Behind The Scenes of the new ELVIS movie.
Baz Luhrmann, Designer-Producer Catherine Martin and producer Schuyler Weiss talk about their experience making Elvis, from filming on the Gold Coast, the effects of COVID on production and why Luhrmann continues to return to Australia to make his films.
UK Elvis Memorabilia Auction: This weekend Henry Aldridge, Devon, UK are having an auction of Collectables including 23 Elvis items...
Hightlights are... - Elvis' Famous First National Tv/ Stage Worn Watch 1955-1956 offered for public auction for the first time. Estimate 100,000 - 120,000 GBP = US$145,000
In the words of Jimmy Velvet, "In my opinion, this Lord Elgin watch is truly one of the grandest pieces Elvis ever owned due to the pivotal moment of his career when it all fell into place for him"
Accompanied by three Documents of Authenticity
A detailed letter of authenticity hand signed by Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana explaining the story of how Elvis gave the watch to Scotty.
- Elvis' Famous 1956 First Milton Berle Television Show Signed Contract.
Estimate 28,000 - 32,000 GBP
This unique lot is accompanied by an Elvis Presley Museum certificate of authenticity hand signed by Jimmy Velvet who was Elvis' friend of twenty two years and the Founder and original President and CEO of the world famous Elvis Presley Museum all those years ago.
- Elvis' Native American Turquoise Squash Necklace.
Estimate 18,000 - 22,000 GBP
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Richard Davis, Elvis' longtime friend and wardrobe manager, together with an Elvis Presley Museum certificate of authenticity hand signed by Jimmy Velvet.
It reads 'Personal property of Elvis Presley. Squash Blossom Silver & Turquoise Necklace. In the early 1970s Elvis became interested in turquoise and silver Native American jewelry of which this is one of several that he owned.
Go here to check out all the items and to bid. - auction on Saturday 25 June 2022 9:30.am UK time. (News, Source;HA/ElvisInfoNet)
Wednesday 22 June 2022
(Interview) Alanna Nash talks to EIN: With the recent reissue of her best-selling book, 'The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley', renowned author, Alanna Nash, took time out of her busy schedule to discuss Elvis, the Colonel and other related issues with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen, and prolific Elvis author, Paul Bélard.
In her candid interview, Alanna provides insightful commentary about the Colonel’s early years before coming to America, when he lost his way in promoting Elvis, the controversial source Byron Raphael, Lamar Fike’s finding about the rumor the Colonel was involved in the death of a woman in Holland, why Elvis didn’t take more control of his career, the new Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' biopic and much, much more...
'The Airplanes & The King' at The Printers: Finally Elvis Files announce that after 6 months of delays due to paper-shortage Carlos Varrenti's book, in collaboration with Robert van Beek, 'The Airplanes & The King' was sent to the printers today. The bindery will also be ready in a maximum of two weeks from today.
Our apologies for the long wait, but in the end you will be amazed by the quality of The Airplanes & The King book work and that may ease the suffering a little.
The Elvis Files team wish you a lot of reading pleasure.
The English version is expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults and printed as a High quality Hardback book.
EIN has seen the preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.
"Elvis in the studio"- excerpt from the critically acclaimed recent book, 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early recordings': ... Surviving outtakes make it abundantly clear that it's the 21-year-old Elvis Presley, not ostensible producer Steve Sholes, who's in control. Even when Sholes pronounces a take satisfactory, Elvis, if not happy, overrules him and insists on doing it again. And if one of the musicians makes a mistake, forcing a new attempt, Elvis remains nonplussed. "In his own reserved manner," as recalled in Elvis '56, In the Beginning, a journalist on hand to view the session would write, "he kept control, he made himself responsible. When someone else made a mistake, he sang off-key The offender picked up the cue. He never criticised anyone, never got mad at anybody, but himself. He'd just say, "Okay, fellas, I goofed." (News, Source:EIN) Read EIN's detailed review of 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley'
Read EIN's revealinginterview with the author, Gary Parker
Baz Luhrmann moved to tears at Cannes Film Festival: The announcement that Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis would be making its premiere at the 75th Cannes Festival was met with much anticipation. This was to be the auteur’s first outing since his 2013 hit, The Great Gatsby. Elvis is the biographical picture of the King of Rock and Roll where Luhrmann yet again showcases his filmmaking charm by uplifting it from a mere biopic to an ode to the rock icon that was Elvis.
.. Following its end credits a 12-minute-long standing ovation moved Luhrmann to tears after which he proceeded to briefly narrate his Hollywood success story. A few mainstream critics were divided on their views of ELVIS but Presley’s family much like the team of the jury at Cannes thought it was the perfect chronicle of the legendary hip shaker’s iconic career.
EIN Note: The 12 minutes standing ovation places ELVIS equal 10th the longest ovations at Cannes. In the #1 spot is Guillermo del Toro's 2006 allegorical masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth, which elicited a staggering 22 minutes standing ovation.
Rare Japanese Test Pressing of 'Girl Happy' LP sells on ebay UK: Interesting new for Elvis rare vinyl collectors. Bidding was strong for this listing over the weekend. After stagnating at around £122 and 19 bids, two late bids pushed the final sale price to £205 (US$250 / A$360).
The item was described as: Elvis Presley Japanese TEST Girl Happy Super rare beauty! SHP 5436 LP Vinyl.
Rare alternate cover!
Not to mention, this is a test pressing!
Very hard to come across and definitely a one-of-a-kind item for collectors.
More critics' reactions to Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS: With Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic opening globally this week here are takeaways from some of the most recent reviews:
ELVIS delivers the icon like never before - Can it be that we really don't know Elvis anymore — not as the seismic force that shook people and remade the popscape? Barring those who actually lived through it (a group to be envied), that's almost certainly the case. Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, a dazzling, splatter-paint evocation of the myth and the man, does a mighty job of bringing us closer to what that revolutionary moment must have felt like. It may not be slavishly devoted to the facts (this isn't your typical birth-to-deather), but as with Todd Haynes's glam fantasia Velvet Goldmine, the movie achieves something trickier and more valuable, mining shocking intimacy from sweeping cultural changes. (Joshua Rothkopf, ew.com)
To Luhrmann’s credit, Elvis is a far more straightforward and factually accurate film than it had to be.The Get Down, Luhrmann’s very expensive 2016 series about the birth of hip-hop that Netflix canceled after one season, turned 1970s South Bronx into a sort of mythical b-boy paradise.. But Elvis, though it retains the director’s dreamlike signature tone and prioritizes emotion and iconography over straightforward storytelling, is in most respects a pretty conventional biopic that distorts or omits far less than Bohemian Rhapsody did. (Al Shipley, consequence.net)
As for the big question of whether Butler could pull off impersonating one of the most indelible icons in American pop-culture history, the answer is an unqualified yes. His stage
moves are sexy and hypnotic, his melancholy mama’s-boy lost quality is swoon-worthy and he captures the tragic paradox of a phenomenal success story who clings tenaciously to the American Dream even as it keeps crumbling in his hands. (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter)
But for all its flaws and questionable choices, Luhrmann’s films are a spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. Luhrmann’s very distinct style can feel like a breath of fresh air at times, especially when wrapped around the standard biopic tropes. Yet after the adrenaline rush of the beginning, it’s hard to maintain that energy throughout the 160 minutes of Elvis. In the final moments of Elvis, Luhrmann shifts from Butler’s portrayal of Elvis into real footage of the King of Rock & Roll, and it feels like a breath of fresh air. It’s like binging Skittles for two and a half hours, then getting a vegetable. And while Luhrmann can do his best to recreate the glitzy, nonstop nature of Presley’s life, in those final moments, it’s easy to see that Elvis lacked the weight that this real footage captures. It’s that little bit of substance that reminds how hollow the previous hours of style have been. (Ross Bonaime, collider.com)
If this were really Col. Parker telling the story, of course, it’d be far more sanitized and a lot less entertaining, and it certainly wouldn’t
immediately launch into a blazing split-screen montage that layers one grandiose moment on top of another. Shot by Mandy Walker with a gloss worthy of The King and designed to the last sequin by Catherine Martin (give her the assignment to create Graceland and stand back!), this is a super-sized, two-hour-and-39-minute extravaganza even if it starts in county fairs and blues shacks in the rural South. (Steve Pond, The Wrap)
Hanks’s domineering on- and off-screen presence as Parker threatens to overshadow Butler’s revelatory performance. Your average Elvis impression typically boils down to a curled lip, a ducktail haircut, and a mumbled “thank ya very much.” Butler never stoops to cheap impersonation, though this is one of the most uncanny channelings of the King that you will ever see. The actor imbues the young Elvis with a believable insecurity and vulnerability that lasts well into the singer’s megastar era; even when Elvis is at his most strung-out and aggressive, there’s a certain softness in his eyes that reminds us of the humble farm boy that he once was. That tender quality also helps to explain how he so consistently fell for Parker’s manipulations, even when he was trying to extract himself from under his manager’s thumb. (Jake Cole, slantmagazine.com)
Butler, previously best known in movies for playing Tex Watson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, is an ideal choice as Presley both visually and vocally, and he actually sings himself in the first half during
the early Elvis era (replaced by tracks of the real Elvis in the later years). Perhaps more than anyone who has seriously taken on Elvis, Butler thrillingly succeeds, especially in the film’s first half, with an authentic rhythm that makes us wonder what greater heights Elvis could have climbed had he not succumbed to the dark side of his own fame. (Peter Hammond, Deadline) (News, Source/NP/ElvisInfoNet)
NME Free 'ELVIS' Magazine: UK's music paper NME have printed an exclusive ‘Elvis’ Film Special Edition.
.. Dust off your blue suede shoes and whip out your sunnies: we’re heading back to Memphis. To celebrate the release of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis in cinemas June 24, NME are releasing a one-off special edition print issue in honour of the return of the inimitable musician on the big screen.
It features exclusive interviews, brand-new shoots with up-and-coming artists, and everything you never knew about the king of rock and roll.
The film charts the life of Elvis Presley through the eyes of his notorious manager Col Tom Parker who guides us through the star’s childhood through to the early days of his career all the way past his peerless success up to his untimely death. We meet his musical rivals and his loved ones, and revisit so many of the king’s greatest hits.
NME CEO added, “NME turned 70 this year, and for 66 of those years we’ve been writing about Elvis Presley. Baz Luhrmann’s colourful and unique vision chimes perfectly with the raucous and independent spirit of NME.” GO HERE FOR THE FREE On-Line 'ELVIS' edition.
EIN Note: Why on earth NME have chosen the songs 'Do The Clam' and 'Yoga Is As Yoga Does' in their list of "TEN SONGS for people who don't like Elvis" beggars belief. After 'Yoga Is' they will certainly understand why they don't like Elvis' music!
'ELVIS: The Dream Project' New Import CD: This was publicised by the Victrola label over a year ago, but it is finally being released. The publicity notes... "Not the usual re-release, but a fresh new project in the completely upgraded sound!
All songs have been restored, remixed into stereo and we bet you will love the result!
Ann Nixon, who is a very famous Elvis fan, said it all: "Seeing and hearing Elvis live is a happening in itself.
No gramophone record can reflect the sound of Elvis' voice as he sounded in the real life.
The dynamic range and the power that came with his voice were never captured like people really experienced it live."
Nowadays there are countless recordings of Elvis' shows, and with this project we want to try to show you how it was to experience the real Elvis live in Las Vegas as had you been there in person.
Our dream was to restore this unique collection of live songs that Elvis performed during his Vegas years to their fullest glory.
All selections sound fresh and lively like never before! EIN Note: A selection of 'Best Of' mono soundboard tracks mixed to "fake" stereo and remastered.
See'All The CD Release News'for tracklist and more details. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
She explains... The tribute artist industry has continued to grow in recent years and
has become very popular. I think it’s wonderful that they are keeping
the music alive, especially for those of us who never had the
opportunity to see the original artists.
Sheree recently took time out to talk to EIN about the book, her other rock music publications, and the eclectic world of musical tribute artists.
'ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' CD: At last the 'ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' CD release has been officially announced and with the worldwide release date of 29th July (odd that it is not the same week June 24 as the movie release)
The CD is twenty-two tracks, whereas the Digital Release is 36 tracks.
CD priced at Australia AU$22 and UK £13.25 "The soundtrack features Elvis's extraordinary body of work spanning the 1950s, '60s and '70s, while also celebrating his diverse musical influences and enduring impact on popular artists today."
1. Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) - Elvis Presley
2. Cotton Candy Land - Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
3. Vegas - Doja Cat
4. The King And I - Eminem & CeeLo Green
5. Tupelo Shuffle - Swae Lee & Diplo
6. Baby, Let's Play House - Austin Butler
7. Craw-Fever - Elvis Presley
8. Strange Things Are Happening Every Day - Yola
9. Trouble - Austin Butler
10. Can't Help Falling in Love - Kacey Musgraves
11. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Lenesha Randolph
12. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Jazmine Sullivan
13. Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) - Elvis Presley & Tame Impala
14. Power of My Love - Elvis Presley
15. Polk Salad Annie (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
16. Suspicious Minds (Film Edit) - Elvis Presley
17. Burning Love (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
18. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Elvis Presley & Stuart Price
19. Don't Fly Away (PNAU Remix) - Elvis Presley & PNAU
20. If I Can Dream - Måneskin
21. Suspicious Minds - Paravi
22. In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) - Elvis Presley feat. Nardo Wick (News, Source/ElvisInfoNet)
'ELVIS 30 #1 Hits Expanded Edition' - New Release: To be released next week to coincide with the new Baz Luhrmann ELVIS movie, Sony Music is repackaging 'Elvis'
30#1 Hits' together with 'Second To None' creating 'ELVIS 30 #1 Hits Expanded Edition'
Released date is next week June 24, 2022.
Priced at UK £12.99.
This twin set was previously released in 2013 as a double pack '30# 1 Hits / 2nd To None' selling in the US for US$16. see below for details..
Either way it is a great double-set at a good price.
'Alfred Wertheimer. Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll' Re-Print: Yet another re-print to catch that Baz Luhrmann wave of ELVIS publicity is 'Alfred Wertheimer. Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll' hardcover book.
... The King of Rock ’n’ Roll is born. Find yourself up close and personal with the King. This collection brings together over 300 photographs of Elvis from the legendary portfolio of Alfred Wertheimer. Extraordinary in their intimacy and unparalleled in scope, these pictures immortalize a young man in the very process of making history.
Hardcover 335 pages
Out 1 June 2022.
Gabe Baltazar Jr. Has Died: Jazz legend Gabe Baltazar Jr. passed away on June 12 at home in Waialua, Hawaii his family said. Known for being a legendary jazz saxophonist he will also be remembered for his flute playing during Elvis' 'Aloha From Hawaii' special in 1973.
He was 92.
Gabriel"Gabe" Baltazar Jr was an American jazz alto saxophonist and woodwind player. His family were from Hawaii but he found success working with bands in L.A.
From 1960 onwards he gained international recognition as a world-class jazz artist with Stan Kenton, recording on 17 critically acclaimed albums and stars such as Nat King Cole, Jean Turner, and Ann Richards. Baltazar is widely known as one of the last great jazz soloists of that era of Kenton orchestras, having played on the band with artists such as Marvin Stamm, Sam Donahue, Carl Saunders and Don Menza.
Baltazar returned home to Hawaii in 1969 to rejoin and then become assistant director of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
In 1973 Baltazar played sax and flute in 'Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii' satellite broadcast and had a TV close-up on his flute solo during 'An American Trilogy'.
Sold Out' Volume 15 DVD: Sold Out is back, and volume 15 is now rolling off the presses. And what a humdinger of a release this 2-DVD set is, jampacked with fantastic, unreleased Elvis concert footage directly from private sources in Holland, Germany and the UK… 20 different 8mm films this time!
From the responses we get, we know that the June ’74 footage is a firm favorite with fans. Therefore, we are proud to be able to include six different films from this tour, with the longest being 30 minutes. Elvis looked dazzling on this tour, and wore some of his most iconic jumpsuits, like the American Eagle, the Rainbow and the Inca Gold Leaf. He was very playful during these shows, accepting gifts from fans, teasing band members and joking with the audience. There’s plenty of cool moments, like him introducing himself as ‘Alvis Paisley’, or singing a snatch of ‘Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues’. What you get is the real ‘nitty gritty’ of Elvis live in ’74, looking just great and giving his all…. The iconic Elvis.
There’s also plenty of good stuff from the final years, including close-up film from Hartford and dynamic footage from the legendary 12/28/’76 Dallas concert. And yes, it includes THAT version of ‘C.C. Rider’!
To mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Elvis On Tour’, we’ve also included rare 8mm footage from the April ’72 tour, as well as clips from the June ’72 tour.
Three hours of rare, unreleased Elvis footage that will rock you, mastered with care, and presented as originally filmed.
Order your copy now (News, Source:NDT/ElvisInfoNet)
Thursday 16 June 2022
'Tom Hanks and Austin Butler in the Jungle Room!': USA's GMA program included an interview with Tom Hanks and Austin Butler live from the Jungle Room at Graceland.
While it is not the greatest in-depth interview it is still fun to see these lead actors sitting in the Jungle Room laughing together and chatting live about ELVIS and the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic.
Interestingly Tom Hanks comments that this is (only) the third time he has watched the movie and this time it was with the Presley family.
The Presley family at 'ELVIS' Movie screening: At the weekend Baz Luhrmann’s 'ELVIS' was screened at the Graceland Guesthouse Theatre. In attendance was a large number of the films stars - including Tom Hanks and Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge who got to watch the movie with Elvis' actual family Lisa Marie, Riley Keough and Priscilla Presley. What a night that must have been.
Priscilla posted, "Hello all! What a weekend it has been here at Graceland!
We’ve had screenings for family, friends, guests and fans for Baz Luhrmann’s film, ELVIS at our theater at the Guesthouse. Baz, Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Jerry Schilling, me, Lisa and Riley were all on stage to welcome our
guests. We each spoke openly about our personal reaction or experience on seeing this film. By all accounts, Austin Butler has recharged the life of of Elvis Presley. Not that it has ever left us but it will, I feel, give our younger generation a taste of why Elvis is “still” the king of R/R, beloved, and always will be. As I’ve mentioned, This movie is a true story about the up and down relationship Elvis had with his Manager Col Parker. Baz Luhrmann has made a film about Elvis that I feel will leave a mark as one of the most artistic, creative, stylized, and sensitive films to date, on an important part of Elvis’ life.
Thank you to: Warner Bros, Baz Lurhman, Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Olivia
DeJonge for giving your heart, soul and belief in making this sensitive, heartfelt movie." (News, Source;JM/Warners/ElvisInfoNet)
Austin Butler plays Elvis' guitar: While the "ELVIS" movie cast were assembled at Graceland, Austin Butler got to play Elvis' genuine guitar in the Jungle Room!
It must have been a surreal experience both for him and for Elvis' actual family who were there..
Riley Keough commented on Instagram: "We got to spend time with Austin Butler this weekend in the house, at Graceland. It was such a special and overwhelming experience I haven’t quite processed. One of many sweet things that happened while we were there- Austin played my grandfather’s guitar in the house. This guitar hasn’t been played by many people. I know it was tuned by Paul McCartney once, but as far as people sitting down and playing it Austin Butler is one of very few people aside from my grandfather. ❤️"
Graceland Opened 40 years ago: Elvis’ Graceland opened for public tours on June 7, 1982, with Elvis' Aunt Delta and EPE CEO Jack Soden there to cut the ribbon. Since that day over 20 million people have visited the mansion, known as the second most recognized home in the US after the White House.
In the past 40 years, the Graceland campus has expanded considerably, offering a wealth of new and different experiences, new museum, large hotel plus a venue for concerts and other entertainment for its visitors.
This week Priscilla and EPE CEO Jack Soden talked about opening up Graceland all those years ago.
(Below: the original flyer for 1982!)
Priscilla notes,"It was hard for me to open those doors. It had been so private for so long and thinking that people were going to come through and be looking at our life, the way Elvis had lived. Everything was still perfect the way Elvis had left it. I had to come to terms that this was the only way to save Graceland and it was for a good cause. It was all about still keeping it as Elvis' home."
The regular Elvis Week celebration along with the annual late-night procession through the estate began to be held on the anniversary of Elvis' death. The 20th Anniversary Elvis Week in 1997 attracted unprecedented publicity and by 2002 an estimated of 40,000 fans attended. On the 40th anniversary of Elvis' passing in 2017 at least 50,000 fans attended the Candlelight Vigil.
"Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis" Now FREE on Kindle: One of my favourite reads of the past year was Ron Brandon' 'Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis'. Without Brandon we would not have had the recording of Elvis' 1956 Tupelo concert and he also was the person who tracked down Elvis' 'Mystery Kisser'!
The good news is that the book has now been expanded - now 150 pages and 200 photos - and is available on Kindle. The GREAT news is that - for five days only it is FREE for any one.
If you want to know more about life was like on-the-road and as a US Disc-Jockey from 1956 through to the crazy eighties it's a fascinating read.
If you grew up during the rock & roll era you'll certainly enjoy it - and no the radio-life was not all glitz and glamour! From Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17 it is free worldwide.
ELVIS 'Austin Butler Pre-Production Test Footage': This is a sensational clip. Forget all those average Elvis Impersonators you might have seen, here Austin Butler truly inhabits Elvis character showing what he could do
at a pre-production jam.
As 'Depper' rightly comments, "Austin was a brilliant choice as there are millions of new young Elvis fans just based on the trailers alone. Many more will join us in the Elvis fanbase as soon as the movie drops. This movie successfully explains the contributions to music of Elvis Presley, to today's current generation. Elvis' legacy has been given a tremendous boost, and will help young people understand that he was a force of good for American music and humanity." (News, Source;EIN)
Priscilla on the 'ELVIS' movie: Yesterday Priscilla chatted with New Zealand's radio 'Newstalk ZB' about what she thought of the new Baz Luhrmann movie.
In the interview Priscilla noted.. "I loved the film - I told him (Baz Luhrmann) that he was a genius!
The film was unreal, really. I thought he did an amazing job. I said that his artistry showed in how he made the film, and that it's very different. You're seeing an artist really at work, filming a beautiful story, in such a creative way.
Actually I had Baz Luhrmann and his wife "CM" come over for lunch with me, just so we'd get an idea of what it was Baz wanted to do. I heard that he wanted to do a film about Elvis, I know Baz's work well ... what his concept was what I was trying to get to. I liked where he was going. In other words, the story about Elvis and the Colonel really has never been done. And it shows the up and down relationship that they had.
I had a very good relationship with Col Parker but Tom Hanks' portrayal of him is good.
He really did have a heart. But when he would put his business hat on, that's when he was tough, and that's what we explained to Tom Hanks.
As for Austin Butler - he was Elvis.
Let's just put it this way: that boy studied him for one year, that whole entire year. He got his voice, got his mannerisms, his smirk, his smile, his movements, and it's outstanding. absolutely outstanding. He's a nice kid, a great kid, serious about what he does.
This film will allow a new this generation to really see what Elvis was all about.
Why people fell in love with him, would not miss a show, went to Vegas seven or eight times in the early times of his performances.
I thought Austin - I told Baz - if Elvis were here today, he'd say, 'Damn, you're me!'"
Four New French Releases: For the 45th Anniversary of Elvis' passiing, the French label VPT is releasing four cool collector’s items in late July. - "The Forgotten Album"
In 2020 the album “Oublié” (Forgotten Album) was released to fill the void left by RCA France which in 1956 had not thought it useful to release Elvis' very first LP. Now it is also supplemented by bonuses from the same period, studio and live, thus offering the theme a real vision of the advent of the greatest musical phenomenon of the 20th century and which is still more present today than ever!... - "Something For Everybody" (with Alternate Tracks)
In 2016 the label had brought out the album “Something For Everybody” in its original form while proposing only alternate takes. The concept is extended here with all the songs recorded in 1961, many of which would reach the top of the best-seller lists: “His Latest Flame”, “Good Luck Charm”… just like the EP from the film “Follow That Dream ”. A real brand-new concept album in this form.
- "Elvis Sings The Mad Professor" (with Alternate Tracks)
Now completed with the previously missing Ben Weisman titles from the vinyl LP of the same name and with alternate takes of sings like “Don't Leave Me Now” and “Steppin' Out of Line,” this is a brand-new concept-album devoted to the composer who wrote more songs recorded by the King than any other songwriter! - "Le Retour D'Elvis" (with Alternate Tracks)
The double album “Le retour d'Elvis / His Hand in Mine” released in 2016 had a true concept based on Presley's 1960 return to civilian life. This time the concept is total since we include bonus tracks not only all the other titles recorded in the 1960 sessions, but also versions of some of these songs recorded at the Pearl Harbor concert and more. “His Hand in Mine” is also completed with the four gospels recorded in 1957.
all to be released 15 July 2022
Go HERE to The Culture Factory to Pre-order and for full tracklists (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Sunday 12 June 2022
Elvis at Madison Square Garden - 50 years ago: It was 50 years ago this week that Elvis performed his first-ever concert in New York City at Madison Square Garden. Although Elvis has played live in Manhattan back in the fifties when appearing on TV variety shows hosted by the Dorsey Brothers, Steve Allen, and Ed Sullivan, as well as a April 1 1957 concert in Buffalo, NY, Elvis had never performed a concert for the general public in the “Big Apple.”
Over the course of three days June 9th, 10th, and 11th Elvis played four SOLD OUT shows to 80,000 fans. The RCA album 'Elvis: As Recorded At Madison Square Garden' was rush-released to hit stores a week after the first show on June 18th, 1972 and went on to peak at #11 on the Billboard charts and #3 in the UK charts. 1997 saw the release of 'An Afternoon In The Garden', with 'Elvis Presley: Prince From Another Planet' 40th anniversary release in 2012.
On June 9th, 1972, only hours before launching his sold-out, four-concert run at Madison Square Garden, marking his first New York City shows, Elvis spoke to the press, and shed light on why he returned to live performance: “I just missed it. I missed the closeness of an audience, of a live audience. . . So just as soon as I got out of the movie contracts, I started to do live performances again. There's so many places that I haven't been yet. Like, I've never played New York here. I've never been to Britain either. I'd like to go to Europe. I'd like to go to Japan and all those places. I've never been out of
this country except in the service."
"I’m sure Elvis never sang better than he did at Madison Square Garden... he turned on the power, and powerful it was."—Glen D. Hardin
"Once in a great while, a special champion comes along... Friday night at Madison Square Garden, Elvis was like that."—New York Times Review, 18 June, 1972 (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis At Madison Square Garden' FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY!: Elvis' June 1972 concerts in Madison Square Garden were a key part of his stunning career. It was on June 9th 1972, fifty years ago today, that Elvis finally took on and conquered the USA's major city of New York. "He looked like a prince from another planet, narrow-eyed, with high Indian cheek bones and a smooth brown skin untouched by his 37 years.
When Elvis started to work with the mike, his right hand flailing air, his left leg moving as though it had a life of its own, time stopped, and everyone in the place was 17 again. It was a lesson in dominance; we had just seen the comic who couldn’t control anybody, not even himself, and that had got us nervous; now Elvis made it all right again."
EIN contributor Daniel Massey and Colin Escott check out this major Elvis concert at Madison Square Garden Go here to read this special EIN spotlight 50 years on!
Why Austin Butler was chosen over Harry Styles: Well over two years ago there was discussion about who might get the key role for Baz Lurhman’s Elvis biopic
Chart-topping Harry Styles was already well-known to most people as a musician whether via his work in One Direction or his more recent solo projects and he was up for the role. And also more recently he has garnered recognition for his acting work, appearing in the 2017 Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, as well as the highly anticipated Don't Worry Darling and My Policeman, which are both set to release later this year.
In May, Styles confirmed that he had auditioned for Baz Lurhman’s Elvis. “Elvis was probably the first person I knew besides my family when I was a kid. For that reason, there was something incredibly sacred surrounding him, so I thought I should try to get the part.”
Given Styles's level of fame, it may come as a surprise that Luhrmann passed on the former boy band member for the role of Elvis, opting instead to go with young actor Austin Butler.
This week on Australian radio Luhrmann explained why Styles wasn’t cast.
“The real issue with Harry is, he's Harry Styles. He's already an icon.” Luhrmann further explained that he thinks Styles is a talented actor and would love to work with him on a future project.
Styles later said he wasn’t offended by the decision. “If they think the movie’s going to be better with someone else then I don’t want to do it because I don’t want to be the not-as-good version,” he told Stern.
Perhaps things work out in the end, as Butler clearly had a special connection to Elvis. At the Cannes Film Festival, he revealed that he basically put his life on hold for two years for the role, admitting he “went down the rabbit hole of obsession.”
Butler certainly inhabits both the look and the style of the real ELVIS.
Luhrmann noted, “The thing about Austin was that he will tell you himself, I didn’t pick him: It’s as if he was drawn, like the role drew him in because he was almost born to play it."
Butler also recently spoke to the New York Times about his commitment to playing the King. “I want everybody to love the film, obviously, but the pressure I have really felt is doing justice to Elvis. Humanizing him. Adding to his legacy and maybe, hopefully, even reclaiming some of his legacy.” (News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)
Friday 10 June 2022
'ELVIS' Soundtrack Tracklist: Finally we get the tracklist for the Baz Luhrmann soundtrack album.
It's great to get something new that will hopefully push a new generation to discover Elvis' immense back-catalogue
In Australia you can hear the first single 'Vegas' by Doja Cat playing everywhere. A cool sign.
From RCA Records / Sony Music
Pre-order started today June 10, 2022 Release Date: June 24, 2022 Tracklist
1. Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) – Elvis Presley
2. Also Sprach Zarathustra / An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley
3. Vegas – Doja Cat
4. The King and I – Eminem & CeeLo Green
5. Tupelo Shuffle – Swae Lee & Diplo
6. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Elvis Presley & Stuart Price
7. Craw-Fever – Elvis Presley
8. Don’t Fly Away (PNAU Remix) – Elvis Presley & PNAU
9. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kacey Musgraves
10. Product of the Ghetto – Nardo Wick
11. If I Can Dream – Maneskin
12. Cotton Candy Land – Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
13. Baby, Let’s Play House – Austin Butler
14. I’m Coming Home (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
15. Hound Dog – Shonka Dukureh
16. Tutti Frutti – Les Greene
17. Strange Things Are Happening Every Day – Yola
18. Hound Dog – Austin Butler
19. Let It All Hang Out – Denzel Curry
20. Trouble – Austin Butler
21. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Lenesha Randolph
22. Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) – Elvis Presley & Tame Impala
23. Summer Kisses / In My Body – Elvis Presley
24. ’68 Comeback Special (Medley) – Elvis Presley (News, Source; Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
25. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – Jazmine Sullivan
26. If I Can Dream (Stereo Mix) – Elvis Presley
27. Any Day Now – Elvis Presley
28. Power of My Love – Elvis Presley & Jack White
29. Vegas Rehearsal / That’s All Right – Austin Butler & Elvis Presley
30. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
31. Polk Salad Annie (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
32. Burning Love (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
33. It’s Only Love – Elvis Presley
34. Suspicious Minds – Paravi
35. In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) – Elvis Presley & Nardo Wick
36. Unchained Melody (Live at Ann Arbor, MI) – Elvis Presley
'ELVIS' - Australian Vogue Issue Out Now: The special ELVIS issue of this month's Australian Vogue magazine is out now.
"Step into the wonderful world of Elvis this month with Vogue's June collector's issue guest edited by Baz Luhrmann" “I want to introduce newcomers to the world of Elvis, explore his ongoing impact on music and culture, and for those who are already Elvis fans, offer an insight into where we, the storytellers, have come from in our own creative journey.”
The magazine is packed with interesting articles, plenty about the creative side of Luhrmann's movies as well as tons of fashion. It includes Luhrmann speaking to some of his closest Aussie friends and colleagues, from Nicole Kidman to Kylie Minogue, sees Australian supermodel Adut Akech Bior grace the pages in haute couture to celebrate Memphis’s Beale Street in the 1950s, and of course, features a cover shoot with the Australian actress playing the role of Priscilla Presley in Luhrmann’s Elvis, Olivia DeJonge.
EIN was interested in the interviews with Priscilla Presley, Luhrmann's Musical supervisor Anton Monsted, Film Designer Catherine Martin, a great discussion between Baz Luhrmann andMad Maxdirector George Miller, as well as Riley Keough telling how she found her Australian husband.
...Below are a few interview excerpts...
In local stores from June 6 - only AU$9.00 and well worth buying!
Go here to the Oz Vogue website for details
Cinematographer Mandy Walker, Baz Luhrmann's frequent collaborator, notes, "With 'ELVIS' we held meetings with Panavision to source specific camera equipment for Elvis. "We had bespoke lenses made using old glass from that era, which evoked different looks designed for this movie specifically. Panavision even added a little Elvis symbol on them!"
Musical supervisor Anton Monsted explains, "To capture the energy and innovation that made Elvis one of the defining artists of a century, you need to call up some of today's best. Like Diplo and Swae Lee – coincidentally both born in Elvis' birthplace of Tupelo, whose voices mingle with Butler's on a track that is a freewheeling, upbeat blend of country music, hip-hop and swing. Kacey Musgraves sings a hauntingly beautiful, stripped-back rendition of Elvis's legendary Can't Help Falling in Love. Tame Impala's Kevin Parker works his magic on a modernised version of Edge of Reality, and Doja Cat turns Hound Dog into a rallying cry for all the women
who've ever been let down by a playboy.
We have an actor portraying Big Mama Thornton. She's singing Hound Dog in a bar. It's the song we all. know and love, but as the camera pans down to find Elvis, things change and, slowly, Big Mama Thornton's voice gives way to the hip-hop beat of Doja Cat's take...
And Priscilla recalls, "When I was married to Elvis I didn't look at him as a star, I looked at the man I fell in love with. I thought we'd have a great life together. He had an innate quality that will never repeat. He was who he was the most giving, the most passionate, the most trustworthy human being.
People tried to duplicate him in many ways, especially with the dressing, but as a human being he was very, very special. He was meant to be who he was, but he doubted his right to fame. He didn't think it would last, saying "When is it going to be over?" He didn't want to lose what he had
accomplished. He feared that it would all disappear.
Someone asked me the other day: "Who have you met that you've been impressed by?" but no one person impresses me. We are all human beings, all doing our best to survive. I respect anyone who is
carrying out their wishes and their love of life. I just don't want to be around negativity. I had somebody who was impressive. His impact is still profound. But I don't have that ego-driven part of me that says,
"Oh my god, look I married this guy, the most admired and desired person on the planet." I just look at that part of my life as something that happened. I never pondered it, I never questioned it, I just lived it..."
Austin Butler on The Graham Norton Show: This is a very interesting 12 minutes "radio interview". Reveals a lot about Austin Butler and the making of the film, including a discussion about the issue of the "mono" acetate recordings from the 1950s.
New Elvis Sci-Fi novel - '3 Days to Save A Legend' (Paul Farmer): While the Elvis fiction catalog is a rich one, Elvis sci-fi novels are rare. The premise of Paul Farmer's debut novel is its main protagonist going back in time hoping to change the course of history by preventing Elvis from dying in 1977. With neat doses of humor, surprising twists and turns, and its sci-fi basis, 3 Days to Save A Legend is a welcome inclusion to the massive Elvis book library. The Kindle edition is currently available (as is an eBook edition on Smashwords) with a softcover edition to follow shortly.
This is the book description.. How amazing would it be if we could still see the King alive today? Nick, an app developer, is accidentally zapped back to August 1977, 3 days before the tragic day that Elvis dies. If he’s going to achieve his overall objective of ‘’Saving a Legend’’ he will need to be successful with his initial goal of convincing The King of Rock and Roll that he will be dead in a few days. Join Nick on his emotional rollercoaster ride, struggling to put together all the pieces that will enable him to save the big man from that fateful death. Get ready for a couple of twists you didn’t see coming.
Bootleg market drying up?: If the following announcement of a new unofficial release is anything to go by, the market for bootleg releases is in dire straits.
- See EIN's spotlight ''The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’ '
Releasing a box set of only 8 copies begs the question of why would you bother! 'PATCH IT UP' ......MXF has released a new set titled "Patch It Up" and is limited to 8 copies. It is edited in LP box, with photocard (in four variants), digipack box in LP format, containing 3 CDs, 1 cassette and a DVD. There's also a sticker (two variations), a 60 x 60 cm poster (two variants), a pair of cotton gloves, an Elvis Patch It Up logo and a T-shirt.
- MC (19/08/1970 DS) (EIN Note, as previously released on 'Double Dynamite')
- CD (Patch It Up - El CD original)
- CD-R ("Patch It Up" featuring discarded takes, live rehearsals and interpretations of this song)
- CD-R (06.09.1970 DS) (Audience Recording - previously released)
- DVD-R (8mm recordings from 08/10, 08/12 and 08/19/1970 - approx. 75 minutes) (News, Source:Carlos Ares/ElvisInfoNet)
Tuesday 7 June 2022
'ELVIS' EIN movie review: Keith Richards said, "Elvis hit like a bombshell ... it was like the world went from black and white to Technicolor." While those words apply to Elvis Presley they could similarly apply to Baz Luhrmann's style of film direction. Compared to the regular Hollywood output Baz Luhrmann movies have a similar feel of busting out of jail and going from black-and-white to technicolour. They are loud, brash, super-colourful, fast-edited and exciting, they have their own language and style.
The full-bore soundtrack, the glowing colour, the revelation of Austin Butler's truly stunning performance and the real excitement of the fast editing really does make it feel that Luhrmann has grabbed Elvis' true spirit. The film not only tells Elvis’ life but has the genuine excitement of the real Elvis, something that I've never felt from any previous Elvis Bio-Pic.
The incredible fact is that while the movie includes so many snatches of real Elvis (Hy Garner interview, Lisa Marie, Al Dvorin etc) yet Austin Butler has one so enthralled in playing Elvis' character that you can hardly spot the difference.
However typical of a Luhrmann movie you can see why fans' overly detailed fact-checking needs to be left at the door - and knowledgeable Elvis fans should just enjoy the ride. Go here for EIN Piers Beagley's exclusive and detailed review
Monday 6 June 2022
Baz Luhrmann ELVIS Sydney Premiere: The Sydney Premiere of Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS movie was presented in the glorious Sydney State Theatre where Luhrmann's first film 'Strictly Ballroom' was featured thirty years ago at the 1992 Sydney Film Festival.
The evening was part of Sydney's VIVID festival and before the actual Premiere, director Baz Luhrmann spent an hour in conversation discussing his life in movies as well as his thoughts on ELVIS.
The Sydney Media were out in force to celebrate the international cast of the movie, including Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Australia's Olivia DeJonge, along with Director Baz Luhrmann.
EIN's Piers Beagley was lucky enough to be part of the ELVIS celebration - and who knew that his night would include an Elvis sing-a-long with Tom Hanks! Go here for the Baz Luhrmann discussion and plenty of Premiere pics.
Diplo & Swae Lee 'Tupelo Shuffle': Another track released from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS, this time Diplo & Swae Lee 'Tupelo Shuffle'.
At the Sydney Premiere director Baz Luhrmann noted the interesting connection that both DJ / songwriter Diplo and US rapper Swae Lee were both actually from Tupelo! Now that's a coincidence.
As the movie's credits rolled Luhrmann who was on-stage made a special mention of this track. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis and "Black sound": The October 2021 edition of American History magazine featured the 10 pages cover article, Rock 'n Roll 'n Race....The Truth about Elvis' musical roots. Written by Pulitzer Prize-Winning author, Louis Menand, it considers Elvis' relationship with Black American music.
The article is both textually and visually muscular - regarding the latter, its first two pages are a dramatic, animated double page spread of the young King of Rock 'n' Roll gyrating in front of an audience of predominately teenage girls at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan in 1956. The power of the performer is dually reflected with half of the girls wildly screaming and the other half adoringly transfixed, trance-like, on his every movement and every vocal sound. The image is symbolic of the deity leading the biggest change in the history of popular music.
There are many moments of thoughtful narrative in the article, one of the most prominent being:
... On the level of reception, White performers were adopting a "Black sound". That is how the charts made things appear. On the level of production, it was a different story. For there is no such thing as a "Black sound" or a "White sound".
As importantly, and pertinent to the false, Elvis stole “black music” argument, the author details the 'reverse' situation where Black American artists regularly recorded/sung songs associated with White-American artists.
On the recording of Elvis' first SUN single, Menand notes how patient Sam Phillips was with the musicians, and also comments:
... That's All Right, Mama started as a joke. Elvis said he had never sung like that before in his life. But it worked, and they tried to figure out why.
And in relation to what transformed Elvis the hillbilly singer into 'a breakthrough figure in the evolution of pop music, Menand writes that the answer partly lay with television, describing Elvis' appearances with arresting brio:
... Presley was made for television, and not only because of his race. With a microphone and in front of an audience, he was transferred from a shy young man who tended to mumble into a gyrating fireball with an unbelievably sexy sneer.
EIN recommends this thought-provoking article to all fans. It should be available to read in many city libraries and a digital copy of the issue can be purchased for US$5.99. (News, Source: American History; EIN)
EIN wonders what is happening to some of the more interesting props such as Elvis and Priscilla’s outfits and the new pink Cadillac (which sure would look good in EIN’s expansive Elvis garage, admittedly though, it would dramatically dwarf our commendable collection of Elvis Matchbox automobiles).
(News, Source: EIN)
Saturday 4 June 2022
'Becoming Elvis Featurette': Don't miss out on this fabulous 'Becoming Elvis Featurette' for the new Baz Luhrmann movie.
In it Austin Butler and Baz Luhrmann describe the intricacies and difficulty of properly representing ELVIS on the big screen.
It is a knockout two minute look at the new film.
Doja Cat - 'Vegas' (Official Video): Finally the official video for the lead single from the 'ELVIS' soundtrack.
If you are a longtime Elvis fan who doesn't understand why this would be the lead single from the film you need to know that Doja Cat (aged 26) has already sold 12.5 million albums and her first album reached 4.6 billion streams on Spotify. She has received one Grammy Award, five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards.
As Doja Cat fan Shantel Killion commented, "Her voice is AMAZING!! And Doja My Queen You NEVER Disappoints!! I am so Proud of you embracing Big Mama
Thornton's version. I am from Memphis TENN!! and Elvis was loved in the Black community! People need to know that. This is no shade to him but much Homage to a Lady that is well deserving of her rendition of Hound Dog!! Thank You!!" (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Graceland 40th Anniv New Exhibit: On June 7, 2022, Elvis Presley’s Graceland museum turns 40. The first 1,000 visitors who stop by on the milestone anniversary will receive a commemorative poster that features flyer artwork used during Graceland’s 1982 opening.
Visitors will also get to see some of the special archives at the venue’s new "Graceland, Welcome To My World" exhibition.
Since opening to the public in 1982, Graceland has welcomed over 20 million visitors, including Hollywood stars, best-selling music artists, heads of state, royalty, and of course, Elvis fans. This exhibit will explore the story of Elvis’ Graceland through photos, personal artifacts, and Graceland Archival footage.
New interviews with Priscilla as well as with Graceland CEO Jack Soden, will be shown in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary.
'Jailhouse Rock' Blu-ray/DVD/Soundtrack: A new Blu-ray / DVD release of Elvis' classic 1957 movie 'Jailhouse Rock' for 20 June 2022.
The publicity notes.. "From the Big House to the Big Time - Elvis-Style
The King of Rock 'n'roll plays Vince Everett, jailed for manslaughter after a bar fight. There, Vince Learns to belt out tunes instead of saloon patrons and, after being paroled, follows a bumpy road to music and movie success. Six songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller spike the story, including "Treat Me Nice," "I Want to Be Free" and the shimmy-shakin' title tune "It's the beast in me," Elvis says after kissing Peggy (Judy Tyler). With this movie, it's the best in him too! Extra Content:
Commentary by Steve Pond, author of Elvis in Hollywood
Featurette 'The Scene That Stole Jailhouse Rock'
Digitally Remastered for Improved Picture Quality
Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 - as well as Original Mono Theatrical Trailer.
'Destined to Fly: The Story of Pilot Ron Strauss- From Iowa to Elvis' New Book: From author Sally A. Hoedel (who also published the book 'Elvis: Destined to Die Young') a brand new book for later this year. 'Destined to Fly – The Story of Pilot Ron Strauss' retraces the extraordinary life of an ordinary boy from Iowa as he leaves home and sets out for a life of unknown adventures. What began as a desire to be involved in aviation, quickly turned into a 12-year military career in the United States Air Force. Often choosing an unconventional route, Ron Strauss achieved his dream of becoming a pilot. With Elvis Presley as his boss, he even co-piloted one of the most famous airplanes in existence, the Lisa Marie.
Ron Strauss certainly cannot be reduced to the nearly two years he flew Elvis Presley. His story is more vast than that short period from 1975-1977. However, the book does capture Elvis Presley as a boss and a leader within a very unique organization. Elvis fans discover new information about the Lisa Marie and what it was like to be called up in the middle of the night for an unscheduled destination at the request of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Hoedel examines the eight decades of Ron’s journey thus far. As she explores the roots of his character and the motivating factors behind his successful aviation career, she delivers a portrait of Americana. Aviation enthusiasts will also be inspired as they connect with this timeless story of hard work, perseverance, dreams, love, life, family… and flying.
There will be a limited edition available at Elvis Week.
Official release date is September 15th.
You can pre-order here at her websitewww.ElvisAuthor.com.
Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Sally A. Hoedel. (News, Source;SH/ElvisInfoNet)
No more "Elvis-themed weddings" ABG tells Las Vegas chapels: In what appears to be a very petty move ABG, the company that controls ELVIS name and image, has ordered Las Vegas chapel operators to stop using Elvis in themed ceremonies, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Authentic Brands Group reportedly sent cease-and-desist letters in early May to multiple chapels, which are expected to be compliant by now.
With Elvis so closely tied to Vegas' wedding industry, some say the move could decimate their businesses. LasVegas-Elvis-Wedding-Chapel and the Little Chapel of Hearts operators noted, “We are a family-run business, and now we’re hanging with the big dogs. It is our bread and butter. I don’t get it. We were just hitting our stride again through Covid, then this happens.”
Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya, who led a marketing campaign promoting Las Vegas as a wedding destination, said the order for chapels to stop using Elvis couldn’t have come at a worse time for the sector.
The city’s wedding industry generates $2 billion a year, and officials say Elvis-themed weddings represent a significant number of the ceremonies performed.
ABG did not respond to requests for comment. (News, Source;LVReviewJournal/AP/ElvisInfoNet)
Thursday 2 June 2022
FTD New July Releases: FTD are releasing two neat collections for July 2022. The "complete" 1963/64 ‘Lost Album’ Sessions plus a 3CD set of three 1973 Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Midnight shows. - 'Devil In Disguise: the ‘Lost Album’ Sessions'3-CD.
As part of its acclaimed ‘Sessions' series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Elvis Presley: Devil In Disguise – The ‘Lost Album’ Sessions - in the usual 3-CD 8”
digi-pak with 28-page booklet. Recorded, for the most part, over two days in July 1963, these varied and excellent performances ended up being scattered over several RCA Victor releases between 1963 and 1968. It would not be until 1990 that the songs finally appeared as originally intended on a proper RCA vinyl album. Almost 60-years later, FTD presents all of the masters and outtakes available from the sessions. EIN Note: All the tracks except 'Love Me Tonight' take 7 false start were previously released on FTD's 'Memphis Tennessee' 2008 Classic Album. Hopefully there will be more unreleased 'count ins' and snippets of
- 'Elvis: From Vegas To Tahoe' 3-CD
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Elvis: From Vegas To Tahoe. Released as a 3-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features three 1973 midnight shows recorded on January 27 / February 21 (Las Vegas Hilton) and May 12 1973 (High Sierra Theatre, Sahara Hotel, Lake Tahoe)
EIN Note: Two tracks from May 12 1973 concert have been previously released by FTD on 2003’s ‘Takin’ Tahoe Tonight’ and they were rather good. See review here. Elvis was still in good form in 1973 and all three are ‘Midnight Shows’ making them all the more interesting. Including You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Steamroller Blues, I’m Leavin’, What Now My Love and I’ll Remember You, this could be a very enjoyable set. Note that it is priced at a 1/3 more than the usual FTD double-live set.
Austin Butler Discusses 'Elvis': A new interview with Austin Butler in Cannes has been posted and it captures how perfect it was for Austin Butler to get the lead role of Elvis "I knew what Elvis' loss felt like when he lost his mom. I keep saying this, but I've never loved anybody than I'd never met more than Elvis. After spending two year with all the good, bad and ugly of his life I'm feeling like my heart is so connected to his. At the premiere last night it was so emotional, I wish Elvis was here to see how loved he is.."
Graceland offering "Early Access Tickets" for ELVIS USA screenings:ELVIS, the new film by Baz Luhrmann, opens in theaters on June 24 but Graceland is letting US fans book exclusive screenings before the general public! On June 21, at select USA theaters nationwide, Warner Bros will be holding an Early Access Fan Event and they are giving you the first chance at tickets to these exclusive screenings!
Tickets to the Early Access Fan Event are on sale now. Click here for more info, to book - and to find your local cinema
If you like Baz Luhrmann's OTT, colourful style then you will love the movie.
'Elvis: The Man & His Music' #136: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine 'Elvis: The Man & His Music' June 2022 issue is out now.
- Back In Style! – The Legacy of the ‘Elvis Is Back!’ Sessions
- Moments In Time – Sonny West’s Wedding, 1970
- Marion Keisker Profiled
- The Bodyguard Book
- Remembering Anne E. Nixon
- CD, DVD & Book Reviews
- Your Letters
Prolific Elvis author, Darrin Lee Memmer, has died: Sad news that Darrin Lee Memmer, aged 53, has passed away. He died on April 15 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes.
At the time of his death, Darrin was finalising his two latest Elvis books, 'Marion Keisker - Elvis, Sam, Sun Records, Cash & the Colonel' and the other about Elvis' appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. It seems unlikely that these will be published.
Darrin was an author who divided readers. His Elvis books were often controversial and, particularly his latter releases, thoroughly researched and full of “primary source” material - this was undoubtedly an important contribution to the Elvis world. Apart from more than 30 Elvis titles, Darrin also wrote books about President Bill Clinton, Nancy Reagan, and Michael Jackson.
Darrin leaves a legacy of more than 30 Elvis books.
You can click here to Amazon to see just a few of his books, including 'ELVIS and ALICIA - A Mystery Solved: Alicia Cecilia Kerwin... On The Record', 'ELVIS & The Colonel', 'ELVIS - SuperTrip USA '74 and Desert Storm'.
FTD "April Releases" OUT NOW: The FTD 1976 double-soundboard, and new book on 'Elvis Presley movie memorabilia 1956-1958' - are now at your dealers . 'Elvis: Pine Bluff to Madison ’76':As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of ‘Elvis: Pine Bluff To Madison ‘76’.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features two shows: Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 8.30pm and Pine Bluff Convention Center, Arkansas, September 8, 1976 - 830pm. FTD have already releases plenty of soundboards from this tour including the day before Sioux Falls, Oct 18 (Bruce Jackson: On The Road With Elvis CD2) and September 6, 1976 Afternoon and Evening shows ‘Elvis In Alabama: The Last Double Date’
Both these 1976 shows - especially the Pine Bluff Closing show - are recommended by soundboard collectors See 'FTD / SONY CD News 2022' for details and tracklists
Book – ‘Elvis: Celluloid Sell-Out!’
FTD Books presents ‘Elvis: Celluloid Sell-Out!’ from author Bob Pakes.
448 pages and over two thousand images of Worldwide Elvis Presley movie memorabilia from 1956-1958.
It’s packed with movie posters, lobby cards, pressbooks, publicity stills, programs, standees, heralds and much more!
Plus 2 bonus CDs featuring the soundtracks from ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Loving You’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘King Creole’.
EIN Notes – Bob Pakes previously published the stunning book ‘The EPE Catalog’ 400 pages and over 1,450 images on every weird and wonderful product that was part of the immensely successful 1956 Elvis Presley merchandise train. See EIN’s interview with Bob Pakes here.
There can be no doubt that this book will be as thorough – though why fans need the movie soundtracks is anyone’s guess.
‘Elvis – NOW 1971' New MRS box-set OUT NOW: Also at your favourite record shop the UK Label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) 4CD Deluxe set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – NOW 1971'is OUT NOW.
The 4CDs contain a varied selection of live performances drawn from Elvis’ engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel during the early part of 1971. For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings have been remastered, carefully restored and mixed to "true stereo" using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
For the first time ever though, the material from these shows is presented in stereo.
The accompanying 40-page booklet which includes rare photographs and memorabilia dating from this and the following summer appearance in August 1971 - also includes liner notes which set the scene.
ELVIS - Australian Vogue Issue: Lucky down-under Elvis fans as this month's Australian Vogue magazine is dedicated to Elvis! "Step into the wonderful world of Elvis this month with Vogue's June collector's issue guest edited by Baz Luhrmann"
Reprising his role as guest-editor for the first time since 1994, Luhrmann has taken the reins on the June issue, whilst Catherine Martin has assumed the guest-editor role for Vogue Living, both curating content inspired by their spectacular new film, Elvis.
“I wanted this issue of Vogue to be a compendium of the movie itself, a kind of program to accompany the show,” says Luhrmann. “I want to introduce newcomers to the world of Elvis, explore his ongoing impact on music and culture, and for those who are already Elvis fans, offer an insight into where we, the storytellers, have come from in our own creative journey.”
In that vein, this month’s issue champions Australian talent and creativity, with Luhrmann speaking to some of his closest Aussie friends and colleagues, from Nicole Kidman to Kylie Minogue, sees Australian supermodel Adut Akech Bior grace the pages in haute couture to celebrate Memphis’s Beale Street in the 1950s, and of course, features a cover shoot with the Australian actress playing the role of Priscilla Presley in Luhrmann’s Elvis, Olivia DeJonge.
Pick up your copy on June 6 for the full Elvis experience!
Go here to the Oz Vogue website for details (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
The magazine features great articles on both Elvis and Priscilla Fashion! - ELVIS: Despite being renowned for his maximalist ensembles, the King started his career in, quite literally, a more modest fashion. Tailored suit jackets and short-sleeved button-ups (collar popped, of course) were the uniform of the early King, a far cry from the attire he adopted years later.
Before settling on the flared and caped numbers he’s remembered for, Elvis had a brief affair with the statement-making Hawaiian shirt, a floral-printed button-up. Aloha indeed.
But there really is no outfit donned by the man that can surpass his signature suit. The pioneer of, and perhaps only individual brave enough to don rhinestoned, low-cut jumpsuit, Elvis showed the world that he was not only the King of Rock and Roll, but also the most fashionably daring musician around, thank you very much.
Priscilla: Catapulted into the spotlight after marrying Elvis at the tender age of 21, Priscilla quickly became an emblem of 60s glamour, with her heaven-grazing beehive and thigh-grazing shift dresses.
A lover of fashion from a young age, Priscilla took great pride in dressing up. We love a woman willing to push some sartorial boundaries.
Despite being married to one the most famous musicians of all time, Priscilla was hardly one to be outshone by the bedazzled, caped confections donned by her beloved. At the turn of the decade, she took her cues from the disco era, foregoing her signature mod-chic look in favour of flares and a whole lotta denim. Her adoption of a more relaxed look coincided with the opening of her Beverly Hills boutique Bis and Beau, where she sold clothes of both her and friend and co-owner, Olivia Bis’, design to the likes of Cher and Barbara Streisand.
Go here to the Oz Vogue website for details
'Elvis Presley News Report June 2022: Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier presents all the recent news.... including all the news about the new ELVIS movie, the movie soundtrack, Andy Warhol Elvis auction, new 'Dressed To Kill' exhibition, Anne E Nixon (RIP) and fans' Top Ten fifties Elvis songs ..
Baz Luhrmann getting ELVIS out to the New Generation: Indiewire recently interviewed ELVIS director Baz Luhrmann. The highlights include.. Luhrmann's style of a dense wall of visuals and music sets out to hypnotize, overwhelm, and entertain. Telling the Elvis story through three decades of his life, from rangy heartthrob to Vegas lounge singer, ticks all of those boxes.
And he wants to get ELVIS out to the Post-Millennial generation.
"Oh, yeah, they don’t care about Elvis. In a way, I like that. Because they’re very honest about it. Even when I was a fan as a kid, I was more Bowie and Elvis became wallpaper. And I think they know him through ‘Lilo and Stitch,’ or he’s in a video game. Like he’s the guy in the white jumpsuit.”
He’d already spent 10 years moving “Elvis” from one back burner to another. “I’d been talking about using Elvis as a way of exploring America. Actually, the world had changed to this idea of the commercial carnival barker figure who puts his name on everything and knows how to exploit
people and emotions and the artist. This suddenly became relevant to me, So I came back to the idea of doing it.”
Luhrmann uses music to layer initial crowd reactions to the way Elvis moved at his Hayride performance. ‘All of a sudden, the girls were screaming, and he actually said, ‘What are they reacting to?’ ‘It’s the way you’re moving.’ And the truth is the pleated trousers and all of that.”
The director also figured out how to cinematically unite the two worlds of Elvis, the juke joint and the gospel tent. That stemmed from obsessive research: Luhrmann not only took over a room at the vast Graceland archives in a barn behind the Presley mansion, but also tracked a childhood friend of Elvis’, Sam Bell, who told the story of the Presleys living in a black neighborhood, Elvis joining his gang, and soaking up both kinds of music. “The whole issue of Elvis and race, you can’t explore America in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, and use Elvis at the center of that if you’re not dealing with race.” The film also delves into Presley’s friendship with B.B. King as well as Little Richard.
The director promised himself he would not make the movie if he couldn’t find someone to embody Presley and he put Harry Styles and Miles Teller through workshops. But then came a taped audition from this young Californian, Austin Butler, who had been a working actor since he was 13 but his highest-profile role was a small part as Manson killer Tex Watson in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
“I got this tape of this young guy playing ‘Unchained Melody’ and crying. It was just strange. I mean, it was so moving. I thought, ‘This isn’t really acting.’ Now I learned
years later that it was Austin thinking about his mother, who passed at the same year that Elvis’ mother did.”
When Luhrmann met Austin Butler, the actor fooled the director with his southern accent. “He had this kind of naivete about him. He was kind of Elvis. He has basically lived as Elvis for nearly three years.”
There’s dramatic license and there’s compressions because you’ve got to compress times. My rule is, as long as it doesn’t fundamentally change the truth. I mean, you’re telling a 42-year-long life in two-and-a-half hours.”
Also in play is Warner Bros marketing who must find the audience for the movie beyond older adults who revere the king of rock ‘n roll. In turn, that task will fall to Butler, not veteran Hanks, who is buried beneath a fat suit and prosthetics.
“I make theatrical movies, it's a theatrical experience... Right now, we haven’t really proved that non-franchise movies can bring all quadrants back into the theater. I consider that to be on my shoulders.”
Go here to IndieWirefor the full interview. (News, Source;IW/ElvisInfoNet)
'Can't Help Falling In Love' Kacey Musgraves 'ELVIS' Trailer: Another teaser from Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis', this time you can check out a first listen of 'Can't Help Falling in Love' by Kacey Musgraves.
The clip features some terrific movie images.
Check out this brilliant seventies live image from Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS'
EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in May
Luhrmann’s ‘ELVIS’ gets Cannes 10-Minute Standing Ovation: Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS strutted its way up the Cannes Film Festival red carpet last night for the film’s world premiere which was greeted by explosive applause inside the Palais. The crowd got to its feet during the end credits, clapping in rhythm before the lights came up, and remained standing for 10 minutes to mark a 2022 record so far at the festival.
Amid shouts of “Bravo!” from the crowd, an emotional Luhrmann told the audience inside the Lumière Theatre he’d had a “bit of an epiphany” because “30 years ago my wife and I made a little film called Strictly Ballroom and the one exhibitor who had given him one
screen said, “That is the worst film I have ever seen!"
So we went up the coast and I thought my film was never really going to work out when I got a phone-call from a Frenchman, who offered me a chance with a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Eventually we showed the film in this Palais cinema … and my life has never been the same."
Luhrmann noted about making ELVIS, “I really believed that we would come to Cannes, but then the Covid came and the film was shut down and it was never going to happen, but for the bravery of Tom Hanks to come back and the bravery of this cast and this crew to go on through Covid and finish this film. And we are back in Cannes. And to see these streets so full of people who love movies of every form of life, every kind of movie, says so much more about what this place means and what it means to be back in the cinema. For that we are eternally grateful, Cannes… All I can say is, merci beaucoup, merci beaucoup.”
'ELVIS' Biopic gets Positive Reviews: With its premiere yesterday Baz Luhrmann’s ‘ELVIS’ is receiving some truly stunning and detailed reviews. The Hollywood Reporter review includes.. "The King of Rock and Roll gets suitably electrified biopic treatment"
How you feel about Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis will depend largely on how you feel about Baz Luhrmann’s signature brash, glitter-bomb maximalism. Just the hyper-caffeinated establishing section alone, even before Austin Butler’s locomotive hips start doing their herky-jerky thing when Elvis Presley takes to the stage to perform “Heartbreak Hotel” in a rockabilly-chic pink suit, leaves you dizzy with its frenetic blast of scorching color, split screen, retro graphics and more edits per scene than a human eye can count. Add in the stratified, ear-bursting sound design and this is Baz times a bazillion.
... The live performance sequences are electrifying, shot by cinematographer Mandy Walker with swooping moves to match Presley’s dynamic physicality and with intimacy to capture the molten feeling he poured into his songs. The bold use of color and lighting is eye-popping. The same goes for the production design by Luhrmann’s wife and career-long collaborator Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy; likewise, Martin’s utterly fabulous costumes.
... Luhrmann is often criticized for molding material to serve his style rather than finessing his style to fit the material. Many will dismiss this film’s unrelenting flamboyance as bombastic Baz in overdrive, a work of shimmering surfaces that refuses to stop long enough to get under its subject’s skin. But as a tribute from one champion of outrageous showmanship to another, it dazzles.
Seethe full HR review here. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
UK Tabloids 'ELVIS' 4-Star Reviews: For the ELVIS biopic to get to a large fan-base it is obviously important that the movie appeals to everyone, and not just the Luhrmann Art-House movie fans.
The great news is that both UK Tabloids 'The Sun' and 'The Mirror' have given the movie 4-Star raves. The Sun review notes. "Get ready to be all shook up by this high tempo, ferociously flamboyant take on Elvis Presley’s life.
Similar to Baz Luhrmann’s direction of The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet, the first half hour barely lets you blink.
It kicks off with a high speed spin through the first 20 years of Elvis’ life that makes you feel as though you’ve eaten too many E numbers and then visited the circus.
All with a huge dollop of glitz, glamour and decadence sprinkled on top.
Later the pace evens out and everything suddenly becomes very watchable indeed.
A lot of this due to an extraordinary performance from Austin Butler. While not only portraying a convincing likeness, he like a young Elvis, is a simply beautiful creature to watch.
Hypnotic and somehow different from the rest of us.
In a scene where he gyrates and thrusts on stage for the first time in front of an audience, the women of the 1950s are shocked by their carnal reactions.
But watching him now, it’s totally understandable. Even in 2022.
Despite the gift of a vast soundtrack of Elvis songs, some modern tunes are sprinkled in, which jars and feels unnecessary. But that aside, you can’t help falling in love with this shake, rattle and roll through the life of the biggest star the world has ever seen." The UK Daily Mirror says.. 'Austin Butler nails the moves, the mannerisms and the soulful voice'
30-year-old Austin Butler repays director Baz Luhrman’s faith with a genuine star-is-born performance. Butler nails the moves, the mannerisms, the soulful voice and somehow even channels the icon’s charisma. When girls scream at him in the film’s electrifying musical sequences, you wonder
how much acting was required.
Surprisingly, the film is as much about his corrupt manager as it is about the rock and roll pioneer.
Parker admits he knows nothing about music, but he knows plenty about making money. When he sees Elvis perform for the first time (and hears those ecstatic screams) you can imagine dollar signs in his eyes.
His attempts to tame the rebellious Elvis, lead to conflict but the old charmer always manages to reel him back in. As Elvis needs to provide for an extended family, Parker knows he always has the upper hand.
Highlights include a behind the scenes look at his 1968 TV special and a concert where Elvis baits the police with “If you’re looking for trouble” and whips the crowd into a frenzy with those sinful hips.
Telling the story from someone else’s viewpoint has one drawback - we don’t really get under the skin of the icon. But this is a foot-tapping, spine-tingling testament to a musical pioneer." (News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)
'ELVIS' overall reviews 88% Positive: A large number of various Media reviews of the 'ELVIS' biopic are in - and the Rotten Tomatoes agregator gives them an overall 88% Positive.
Sadly one rather negative review is in the well-respected Guardian newspaper. "Baz Luhrmann’s squeaky-clean King is shaking no one up. Another pointless explosion of super-spangly sparkles in celluloid form..."
However Peter Bradshaw, their reviewer, dislikes all Baz Luhrmann films so it is no surprise he gave it a bad review.
His review of Moulin Rouge was 2 Stars"It is as if a jeroboam of champagne has been shaken up far too much and then uncorked in our faces. That isn't a very refreshing or tasty experience." Great Gatsby was 2 Stars "Having watched this fantastically unthinking and heavy-handed adaptation.. Directed by Baz Luhrmann a man who can't see a nuance without calling security for it to be thrown off his set."
CHECK OUT all the 'ELVIS' movie reviews via 'Rotten Tomatoes' here (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
'The Colonel' Alanna Nash 2022 Edition out next month: Alanna Nash's essential book 'The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley' is being published as a new edition next month on June 21 - by Simon & Schuster.
Author Alanna Nash notes that "This new edition includes an Afterword that I think you will find fascinating. My buddy / brother Tony Stuchbury is responsible for the new material!"
The book itself investigates the extraordinary life of one US Dutch immigrant called Andreas van Kujik. A man who was not a proper military colonel and was something of a charlatan.
The book was the first to reveal the extraordinary extent of the secrets he concealed, and the consequences for the career, and ultimately the life, of the star he managed.
By the height of Elvis’ success, Parker had become a pathological gambler who was taking, amazingly, a full 50% of Presley’s earnings, frittered away all his wealth in the casinos of Las Vegas.
As Nash shows the often baffling trajectory of Elvis' career makes perfect sense once the secret imperatives of the Colonel’s life are known. Parker never booked Presley for a tour of Europe because of the dark secret that ensured he himself could never return there. Even at his most famous, Elvis was still being booked to play out-of-the-way towns in North Carolina because the former fairground barker knew them from his days on the circus circuit.
Alanna Nash knew Parker towards the end of his life and uncovered the whole shocking story of how this larger-than-life man made, and then unmade, popular music’s first and greatest superstar. With the new Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic Alanna Nash's book deserves a second issue.. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Lansky's "ELVIS" movie Belt-Buckle: Memphis Lansky Brothers "Clothier To the King" have a neat "ELVIS" movie Belt-Buckle for Pre-order. They say...
Every once in a generation an artist will come along and completely change and influence a global iconic following. This was such a boy named Elvis Presley.
This Elvis Tribute buckle captures this great musical genius, captures that same Elvis energy, and will be a treasured relic.
This Buckle around your waist will draw many of your friends attention.
Delivery Late June. Limited Edition. US$48
Go here to Lanskys to Pre-Order
And read EIN'sinterview with wonderful Bernard Lansky here. (News, Source;NeilC/ElvisInfoNet)
Vintage Rock features Elvis: The new June 2022 issue of UK's Vintage Rock magazine is on sale now. As we prepare for the big screen event of the summer and Baz Luhrmann’s hotly-anticipated Elvis biopic, they take an in-depth look at the complex relationship between the King of Rock’n’Roll and his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker. Moulin Rouge director Luhrmann aims to communicate the sheer shock of Presley’s arrival onto the world stage with the movie, labelling Elvis as “the original punk”. He added: “Now, here’s our job: How do we translate strange and shocking to a contemporary audience? Austin’s number one mission, from the moment I met him, was to humanise Elvis Presley, to show the person and go on the journey.”
It also features another extract from "The Sonic Swagger of Elvis".
We also tip our hat to the ground-breaking inventiveness of Les Paul as his trademark Gibson electric guitar celebrates its 70th anniversary and serve up unseen interviews with the legendary Hal Blaine and Chas Hodges.
Vintage Rock favourites Crazy Cavan And The Rhythm Rockers get the richly deserved classic album feature treatment for their 1975 debut studio LP Crazy Rhythm, and we pay tribute to cult hero and rock’n’roll pioneer Jack Scott.
Elsewhere, we count down the 10 hottest prospects in the rockin’ world right now and have must-read chats with Wild Records star Omar Romero and Chicago sensations The Knee-Hi’s.
Go HERE to Vintage Rock for more info (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
ELVIS Official Trailer #2:“I’m gonna show you what the real Elvis is
like tonight”, the second trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic has
been released. And it sure looks stunning. In contrast to the first clip
this trailer focuses on the power of Elvis' on stage performances and
the personal sacrifices and highlights the darker side of fame and
Elvis' ascension to God-like status.
In this trailer we see more of the impressive cast such as Helen Thomson аs Glаdys Presley, Richаrd Roxburgh аs Vernon Presley with Jerry
Schilling plаyed by Luke Brаcey, Nаtаshа Bаssett as Dixie Locke аnd Hаnk Snow by Dаvid Wenhаm. Jr. Kelvin Hаrrison is B.B King, Xаvier Sаmuel is Scotty Mooreаnd Jimmie Rodgers Snow is plаyed by Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Shonka Dukureh is "Big Mama” Thornton. EIN is very impressed - as are 'Non-Elvis-fans' who are just looking forward to the creativity and excitement of a new Baz Luhrmann film.
There is no doubt that it will be stunning in the Cinema on the Big Screen. (News, Source;BL/ElvisInfoNet
'ELVIS' movie soundtrack album: The full artist lineup for the ELVIS soundtrack has been revealed (but not all the tracks they are performing) and among those takin’ care of business on the album are Eminem, Tame Impala, Stevie Nicks, Jack White and Jazmine Sullivan.
We already know that Kacey Musgraves will be singing 'Can’t Help Falling in Love' for the film, that Måneskin will perform their take on 'If I Can Dream' and the already released Doja Cat single 'Vegas' (with Hound Dog sample).
But there are still plenty of surprises in the artists announcement. Notable others include Tame Impala, Stevie Nicks, Jack White plus CeeLo Green as a collaborator with Eminem, the combination of Swae Lee and Diplo, Chris Isaak, Pnau among others.
The artists list also includes plenty of cast members whose contributions are no doubt featured in the movie, such as Austin Butler, Yola (Sister Rosetta Tharpe), Gary Clark Jr. (Arthur “Bigboy” Crudup), Shonka Dukereh (Big Mama Thornton), Alton Mason (Little Richard) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Jimmie Rodgers).
Top-billing still goes to Elvis Aaron Presley and rock'n'roll fans will be happy to see the late Rufus Thomas also listed as a contributor. (News, Source;Baz/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis & the Colonel - The Complete Story: Due for June 3 release is this 98 pages book. It is described as..
Besides his father and a few close friends, only one other person was by Elvis’ side for almost his entire career, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. If Elvis stood at the front of the stage, “The Colonel” was a mysterious figure lurking somewhere off to the side.
The relationship between Elvis and the Colonel is a focus of the new movie Elvis from director and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann. Starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Parker and Austin Butler as Elvis, the film explores the relationship between these two iconic figures more deeply than any other Elvis biopic ever produced.
This special collector's edition magazine tells the story of what really happened. (News, Source: Amazon/EIN)
Elvis The King Lives On: Yet another magazine celebrating Elvis in 2022 - announced for publication on August 1, 2022 is this 98 pages magazine.
Featuring 'Stories Behind His Greatest Hits' and 'Secrets From The Movie Sets'!
(News, Source: Amazon)
For our Italian readers - Elvis e il Colonnello: An Italian language Kindle edition of James Dickerson's book, Colonel Tom Parker - The Curious Life of Elvis Presley's Eccentric Manager, will be released on June 7. The book has 346 pages and is described (in Italian) as:
... Sul Colonnello Tom Parker sono fiorite mille leggende: "l'uomo che fece Elvis Presley" è uno dei personaggi più ambigui e misteriosi all'ombra della stella più luminosa dello show business moderno. Questo libro ricostruisce i mille volti del Colonnello, raccontandolo dall'inizio: prima di intraprendere la carriera di manager, Parker giunse clandestinamente negli Stati Uniti a poco più di vent'anni, cambiò nome e mantenne per tutta la vita il segreto sulle sue origini olandesi. Impresario teatrale di spettacoli circensi prima, poi promoter di musicisti, uomo dalle mille risorse, astuto, ma anche smaliziato giocatore d'azzardo abituato a reinventarsi continuamente, a metà degli anni Cinquanta incontra un giovane Elvis Presley. E da quel momento le loro vite cambiano. Padre putativo, ma anche burattinaio di Elvis, contro tutto e tutti lo accompagna a diventare il grande showman che ha fatto tremare l'America e rivoluzionato completamente il business dell'intrattenimento. In pochi mesi Parker riesce a strappare per Elvis un contratto con RCA Records, a introdurlo alla televisione, ai musical, a Hollywood. Presley è stato e sarà sempre una icona anche grazie all'abilità e alla spregiudicatezza del Colonnello, ma dietro la scalata scintillante al successo si nascondono molte altre storie. Elvis e il colonnello è il racconto incredibile e poco conosciuto sul controverso ma produttivo rapporto tra l'artista che portò il rock nel mondo e il suo manager, una storia che ha scatenato l'immaginazione di un genio come Baz Luhrmann che alla complicata relazione umana e professionale tra Elvis e il Colonnello ha dedicato un film con protagonista Tom Hanks nei panni di Tom Parker. (News, Source: Amazon)
Priscilla Presley The Elvis Only I Knew (Star magazine): Getting a little more tabloid, this 'Star' magazine features Priscilla on the cover - along with other article such as 'Harry & Megan Desperate for Cash' and 'Michelle Williams Baby News' - it doesn't get much better, does it!
Out on 30 May - a special 'single issue' magazine.
(News, Source: Amazon)
(Book Review) 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early Recordings' (Gary Parker):‘For Elvis Presley, stardom was the promise, and he made the trip, but at an extraordinarily high cost’. This is one of the thought provoking themes in Gary Parker’s latest book which critically examines in thoroughly researched detail, Elvis’ seminal recordings in the 1950s (as well as more briefly discussing Elvis’ post Army recordings).
Noting that... "Elvis' clever manipulation of his numerous interests remains one of the music world's great marvels. Presley, with one foot in delta mud and the other in a country hoedown, teamed with Scotty Moore and Bill Black to fuse two distinctly American musical forms -- country and blues -- to form what would come to be known as 'rockabilly'". This is a book with plenty to discuss.
In their 2,100 words collaboration, EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley, review what they have found to be one of the best, and most important, Elvis book releases of 2022. Read the full review here (Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)
Tom Hanks at Australian ELVIS Premiere: Good news for keen Australian Elvis fans as Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks will be at the Australian ELVIS Premiere on the Gold Coast (where the film was shot) on June 4 - and then at the Sydney premiere the following day. (EIN will be there!)
The 65-year-old who plays Elvis' manager Col Parker in the movie will join his co-stars for the red-carpet event.
Austin Butler will also be attending the premiere, as will his Aussie co-star Olivia DeJonge.
Priscilla commented that, "Tom Hanks was Col Parker in this film. What a character he was. There was two sides to Colonel. Jerry and I witnessed both. The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending.
But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis' journey, penned by a director who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film.
I want to make sure these young ones learning about him now will take the torch and keep it going,
Elvis has a phenomenal legacy, and I will always cherish my moments with him."
The new Elvis biopic will have its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival next week.
Scheduled for theatrical release in the USA June 24, 2022 and will be released in Australia on June 23. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Riley Keough finds ELVIS movie very emotional: Riley Keough (Elvis' granddaughter) is at the Cannes film festival and told fans that it was "very intense" watching the new ELVIS biopic about her grandfather.
Actress Keough, now 32, known for films 'Logan Lucky' / 'American Honey' and TV series 'The Girlfriend Experience' is in Cannes for her directorial debut "War Pony" just days before the world premiere of Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS.
She told an audience at the French Riviera festival she saw the film recently with her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, and grandmother, Priscilla Presley.
She said, "Watching the movie was a very emotional experience.
There's a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that started around there. It was a very intense experience."
Despite the discomfort of seeing her family on screen, Keough said she was "honoured" that it was handled by Luhrmann.
"The first movie I ever watched in a theatre where I knew I wanted to make movies was ´Moulin Rouge!´ when I was 12," said Keough.
She said it was immediately evident how much effort Luhrmann and Butler had put into capturing the essence of The King.
"That made me emotional and I started crying five minutes in, and didn´t stop, so I need to watch it again," said Keough.
The family was involved in helping Luhrmann get access to Presley's Graceland, and other people from Elvis' life.
"But at the end of the day, we´re not going to tell Baz Luhrmann how to make a film!" Keough said. ELVIS premieres in Cannes on Wednesday (News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis UK – Cover Story' New Book: From Elvis authors John Townson and Gordon Minto a new (digital) book 'Elvis UK – Cover Story: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s EP & LP Sleeves 1956-77'
This newly written 286 page, fully comprehensive book, provides the ultimate guide to Elvis’s EP and LP album sleeves released in the UK between 1956-1977.
- It adds to, complements - and extends considerably - the information originally included in our original book Elvis UK
- Extensively illustrated in full colour
- Arranged in sections, this book addresses a wide range of topics including back cover photos, printing companies, sleeve notes, etc.
- There are extended sections including Front Cover – Fact File, and For UK Fans Only, an in-depth study of those albums that originated in the UK, or were only ever available in the UK
- And as readers have come to expect from Elvis UK publications, there is a wealth of background info incorporated into the text
This definitive work is only available as a downloadable digital flip book stored on your own device Why a digital flip book?
A flip book provides a highly intuitive search facility allowing the reader to access whatever they are looking for quickly and easily
There are no postage costs. It will not deteriorate
It can be held on multiple devices. Pages can be printed off, if required Elvis UK – Cover Story costs just £15 and can be ordered via our website here > www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
which also includes details of our other publications – Elvis UK, Elvis UK2 and Elvis UK3. EIN has had a sneak-peak and it looks fascinating covering everything from the start through to 1977 in fascinating detail.. (News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
Baz Luhrmann on Col Parker and Elvis: Elvis author Alanna Nash (see EIN interview) recently interviewed ELVIS director Baz Luhrmann for AARP.
In the insightful interview Luhrmann explained more about the Parker/Elvis love story. Q. What is the inherent drama of the Presley-Parker relationship? Baz L: My takeaway as the ultimate outsider is that the Presley - Parker relationship is probably the real love story. Not that there isn’t a great and genuine romance between Elvis and Priscilla, but the love story that soars brilliantly, but gets a little too close to the sun and tumbles, is Elvis and the Colonel. It’s almost a codependent marriage that, while toxic and destructive, cannot be unwound. Q. Why does Tom Hanks have a much
stronger accent than Parker did in real life?
Baz L: I found it interesting that Parker became obsessed with tape recorders and started taping himself. I spent many hours at Graceland listening to those obscure tapes. His accent changed dramatically depending on what situation he was in. What a gargantuan personality he was — he’d walk into a room and suck all the air out of it, using humor to manipulate and control. You couldn’t back away from the enormity of the character. So I thought it was very important that Hanks present the audience with a strangeness: “What is going on with this guy?” Q. How much of the narrative revolves around 1968, with the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King? Baz L: I always say: no issue of race in America, no Elvis. The fact that he grew up in one of the few white houses in a Black community allowed him to be around a young group of African American kids and his great love, spiritual gospel. I tracked down Sam Bell, an African American childhood friend of Elvis. And Jerry Schilling told me how they’d been filming when King was shot. Elvis just collapsed holding his guitar, rocking back and forth, and he said the very quote that’s in the
movie: “Dr. King, he always spoke the truth.” Q. Your films often end in tragedy. What’s the unraveling of Elvis’ story? Baz L: Elvis is no saint, but he was a deeply spiritual, creative person. Towards the end of his life, he didn’t know that the Colonel was plotting to keep him in Las Vegas partially for the Colonel’s gambling addiction. The Colonel represented the monetization, commercialization, the branding of Elvis. The sell — the marketing, the making of money — became dominant over the new, the authentic. And that always begets tragedy. That actually motivated me to commit to doing this film.
For the complete interview go here to AARP. (News, Source;ANash/ElvisInfoNet)
Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' movie posters for 50s/ 60s/ 70s - plus a great shot of Austin Butler
Lisa Marie Loves Baz Luhrmann ELVIS movie: Lisa Marie posted a brilliant note on instagram saying that Baz Luhrmann's portrayal of 'Elvis’ brought her to tears.
It included... "I can't tell you enough how much I love this film and I hope you love it too. Everyone involved poured their hearts and souls into it, which is evidenced in their performances.
Baz, your utter genius combined with your love and respect for my father and this project isjust so beautiful and so inspiring. I know I'm being repetitive, but I don't care, Thank you for setting the record straight in such a deeply profound and artistic way."
I haven't posted in quite some time because there really isn't much to say, as I am and will forever be mourning the loss of my son. Navigating through this hideous grief that absolutely destroyed and shattered my heart and my soul into almost nothing has swallowed me whole.
Not much else aside from my other 3 children gets my time and attention anymore. However, that being said, I do want to take a moment to let you know that I have seen Baz Luhrmann's movie "Elvis" twice now, and let me tell you that it is nothing short of spectacular.
Austin Butler channeled and embodied my father's heart and soul beautifully. In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and FINALLY done accurately and respectfully.
(If he doesn't get an Oscar for this, I will eat my own foot, haha.) You can feel and witness Baz's pure love, care, and respect for my father throughout this beautiful film, and it is finally something that myself and my children and their children can be proud of forever.
What moved me to tears as well was watching Riley and Harper, and Finley afterwards, all 3 visibly overwhelmed in the best way possible way, and so filled with pride about their grandfather and his legacy in a way that I have not previously experienced.
It breaks my heart that my son isn't here to see it. He would have absolutely loved it as well. I can't tell you enough how much I love this film and I hope you love it too. Everyone involved poured their hearts and souls into it, which is evidenced in their performances.
Baz, your utter genius combined with your love and respect for my father and this project isjust so beautiful and so inspiring. I know I'm being repetitive, but I don't care, Thank you for setting the record straight in such a deeply profound and artistic way. Love you -LMP
'Elvis: Dressed To Rock' New Exhibit open: The new Graceland exhibit 'Elvis: Dressed To Rock' opened yesterday.
The exhibit explores Elvis’ on-stage style from 1969-1977 through more than 100 pieces of iconic stagewear, including jumpsuits, capes, belts, jewelry, original designer sketches and more.
This limited-time exhibit will feature a dramatic 21-foot floor-to-ceiling display of Elvis’ iconic stage costumes.
Some of the iconic items included in the new Elvis: Dressed to Rock Exhibit, include:
• Aloha from Hawaii jumpsuit.
• Aztec jumpsuit, the last jumpsuit Elvis wore.
• TCB Custom-made Ring, worn on stage.
• Original Drawings by Bill Belew, designer of Elvis’ stagewear
• TTWII Jumpsuits worn in Las Vegas 1970, featured in the concert documentary.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal explained...
Graceland's Angie Marchese noted, "Elvis' costumes were as big a part of his show as the songs," said Marchese, basking, as it were, in the glow of the light bouncing off a few thousand so-called rhinestones. "They really define the Elvis image in those years. The jumpsuits are really works of art in themselves."
The main exhibit hall contains some 60 mannequins dressed in Elvis jumpsuits. The mannequins are arrayed in illuminated man-sized, glass-fronted cases, stacked atop each other in rows, two or three levels high.
The exhibit chronicles Elvis' successful return to live performance, following the diminishing returns of his movie career and the success of the so-called 1968 "Comeback Special" on NBC. Designer Bill Belew, who created the famous black leather suit for the TV special, was recruited to be Elvis' stage designer and several of Belew's original drawings are included in the show.
Assisted especially in the later years by embroidery specialist Gene Doucette, Belew (who died in 2008 at 76) designed all the costumes on display in the exhibit, and had them created by hand at this Los Angeles studio.
Like ice skaters' costumes, the suits generally were made of stretchable wool/mixed-blend gabardine fabric, and most feature the "Napoleonic" raised collars and pointed cuffs that were a Belew/Elvis trademark. The metal studs and "rhinestones" were added by hand; the stones are actually semi-precious gems.
When Elvis returned to live performance, "He wasn't going to go out there in a tux or a suit," Marchese said. "He
needed something special. He was Elvis."
To prove that point, the exhibit showcases numerous costume milestones.
Including the Aztec Sun jumpsuit, which Elvis wore on June 26, 1977, in Indianapolis his final concert.
Visitors will also see Elvis' first cape, from 1971, known as the "Black Fireworks" cape, due to the pyrotechnical-like spray of stones across its surface.
They also will see Elvis' last cape, from 1973, named "The Egyptian" for its vaguely pharaonic motif.
Also on display are numerous significant jumpsuits, including the four that were seen in "Elvis: That's the Way It Is," the 1970 documentary about Elvis' triumphant return to Vegas that really introduced the Elvis-in-a-jumpsuit concept to the world. Go here to the MemphisCommAppeal for the full story
'This Is Elvis - The Lost Theme Song' EIN spotlight: With all of the hype surrounding Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic, ELVIS, many fans will fondly recall the first official movie of Elvis' life, 1981's 'This Is Elvis', which, for better of worse, is the benchmark against which all subsequent attempts are measured.
One of the well-known names involved with This Is Elvis was Jerry Schilling, who was hired as a Consultant on the film - and who was involved in getting the long-lost theme song written and recorded by Beach Boy Carl Wilson and Sweet Inspirations Myrna Smith..
Another delight is discovering that Beach Boy Carl Wilson had a great love of Elvis.
(Review) 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' ROCKS Bendigo: EIN’s Nigel Patterson spent his Easter interstate including taking in the biographical 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' exhibition in the Victoria, Australia, city of Bendigo.
Included in the more than 300 items on display are personal treasures and a diverse array of artefacts from Elvis’ performance and film career.
As the Bendigo Art Gallery Curatorial Manager, Lauren Ellis explained, "Elvis intoxicated the nation’s youth and provoked vicious backlash from conservative personalities – in a time before celebrities had teams of personal stylists, Elvis Presley invented himself piece by piece. The more I discovered about Elvis' life – the more I wanted to know. "
Nigel was impressed by what he found, though sees ways in which the exhibition could be improved.
'Elvis: A Biography' Reprint for 2022: According to Amazon, Jerry Hopkins popular 'Elvis: A Biography' is being re-published this month. The publicity notes... Jerry Hopkins's Elvis: A Biography was the first book on popular music to top the U.S. bestseller list, and its sequel was equally popular. Both books, along with a wealth of exciting new interviews, are brought together in Elvis to form the most exhaustive account available of the King's life. Telling the complete story of Presley's rise and fall, from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo through his musical development and emergence as pop's first superstar to his decline and death, the book explores Presley's singular appeal, his far-reaching influence, and his extraordinary legacy. Featuring newly published first-hand interviews with people close to Elvis - including high school teachers, girlfriends, directors, agents, recording engineers, bodyguards, karate instructors, medical professionals, and even his personal jeweller, a comprehensive and amazingly intimate look at this cultural icon.
Plexus Publishing (April 26, 2022) - Paperback: 416 pages NOTE: When first published in 2007 EIN's Piers Beagley could not believe all the factual errors that the book still contained - while EIN's Nigel Patterson still appreciated Hopkins "fluent and evocative style without being florid".
Check out our very differing reviews! (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Amazon)
'Elvis '68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special' Reprint for 2022: Also being reprinted is Steve Binder's 'Elvis '68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special' taking advantage of the foreword by noted film director Baz Luhrmann!, The publicity notes... A chronicle of the comeback performance that marked Elvis Presley’s return from the screen to the stage. Includes exclusive content from the show’s director, Steve Binder. The book contains a foreword by noted film director Baz Luhrmann, whose film credits include Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, and the 2022 Warner Brothers feature film, ELVIS.
Take a tour behind the scenes at the NBC television special that relaunched Elvis Presley’s career as a stage musician. Author Steve Binder— who directed the TV special— provides exclusive content that gives fans even more insight into the performance that many see as a high point in the King of Rock’s reign of American music. Elvis ’68 Comeback includes full-color photographs and detailed commentary on the show’s development and production, making this an excellent addition to the shelf of every Elvis fan. Foreword by film director Baz Luhrmann.
Now with the special offer hard-cover selling at a reduced price of $19.48. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
The enigma of "Elvis Cooper": Using Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper and Nirvana in the same sentence is likely incongruous to most serious pop/rock music fans. Each artist occupies a vastly different space in the rock music world…… Elvis, the quintessential rock ‘n’ roll and pop star, Alice Cooper the master of shock rock-heavy metal, and Kurt Cobain (and Nirvana), icons of grunge-punk rock.
Primordially, they share the trait of being “controversial”. All three were perceived by the mainstream to be anti-establishment. But beyond this, they share other surprising connections which are testament to their roles as leaders in their respective fields of popular music, and how that leadership and their disparate genres of music, overlap.
Book Review - Elvis: The Quest For An Oscar (James Turiello): Many will find it surprising that someone could write more than 500 pages detailing the case why Elvis deserves to receive an Honorary Academy Award, but
author James Turiello has achieved this with his latest book.
EIN's Nigel Patterson spent a weekend exploring the author's argument.
Can someone who appeared in Kissin' Cousins, Harum Scarum and Clambake really be Oscar worthy?
In a detailed review, Nigel discusses what the book has to offer and provides his assessment of whether or not the author successfully makes his case that Elvis is deserving of an Honorary Oscar.
(Book Review) 'Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis': From author /DJ Ron Brandon 'Disc Jockeys, Preachers, and Elvis' is a self-published biography.
Ron Brandon was the person who recorded Elvis' 1956 live performance in Tupelo and our Elvis legacy would be less rich had he not done so and then sent Elvis a personal copy!
The book details "55 years of Behind The Scenes stories of Disc Jockeys, Rock & Roll, and Elvis.. as told by the author that lived them"
It includes 23 chapters, 96 pages, 150 photos many in color, A4 size with large type easy-to-read, excellent quality.
Chapters include sections on radio stations WTUP Tupelo 1956, WMOC Chattanooga 1962, WNOE and Marty Lacker New Orleans 1963, 'Radio Music Report' magazine, Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, as well as the story of 'Elvis comes home to Tupelo'. Brandon tells the stories of hard work, meeting loads of radio personalities and getting a successful time slot in multiple radio stations. He meets plenty of interesting characters along the way, both good and bad! He also was the person who tracked down Elvis' 'Mystery Kisser'!
Packed full of stories EIN's Piers Beagley spent time enjoying this look into a very interesting life well-lived!go here to find out more (Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
'The Pot Luck Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released back in December 2021, 'The Pot Luck Sessions' was the eighth in FTD’s “complete sessions” packages. An 8 inch deluxe 5-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and session data, memorabilia and rare photos. The set includes remastered complete RCA sessions from Elvis' June 25 and October 15 1961 and March 18-19 1962 recording sessions.
The set features a good number of previously unreleased outakes and EIN also uncovers plenty of Elvis studio discussions that had been previously edited out on earlier "Classic Album" releases such as Elvis saying, “Here we go already. How do like that
arrangement, Red?” an important question to his friend Red West who
had composed the song 'That’s Someone You Never Forget'.
'..And Then There Was Elvis' Sneak Peak:Virginia Coons was a super-SUPER-fan. Her interest started with Elvis’ breakthrough in the mid-fities and continued to her very last day. She has met Elvis multiple times and was the direct link between America and England. She maintained contacts and ensured that the latest releases of LPs and 45s found their way overseas. She not only had contact with Elvis but with everyone close to him including Priscilla, Col. Parker's office and RCA. There are so many fun-to-read stories its incredible.
Virginia has hundreds of memories now curated by her daughter ─ Elaine Christan ─ in a 400 page hardback book. Many personal stories summarized in a beautiful book "And Then There Was Elvis - A Superfan's Adventures in the Elvis World" with many high resolution photos, personal candids etc . . . made available by MEGA collector Erik Lorentzen. Erik's stunning photo collection is known worldwide.
Elaine translated her mother's journey into writing, so many beautiful stories brought together in one book.
Anyone who reads The Elvis Files magazine will be familiar the way Virginia remembered Elvis and penned her memories... Erik Lorentzen has sent EIN a "Sneak-Peak" at some of the pages, describing the book as...
"Can there be better personal stories more interesting than this, combined with the unique photos?
And the book is full of such stories and pictures.
This is my favourite book looking at the personal life of Elvis and his fans." - (News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)
Gary kindly took time to discuss what we can expect in his new book, Jethro Tull, and things in-between.
Elvis’ Sun recordings vs. RCA early recordings, the muddy Mississippi delta plains, Elvis’ swirlingly innovative mixture of hair-raising rock & roll and balladry.
'ELVIS WEEK 2022' Details: EPE have finally released the first details about ELVIS WEEK 2022. The publicity states... We are so excited to be able to share what we have planned for Elvis Week 2022 - and we can't wait for you to join us here in Memphis for this historic celebration.
Graceland will be welcoming fans from around the world on August 9-17 for Elvis Week 2022, as we mark the 45th anniversary of Elvis' passing and honor the man, the star, the icon - the King of Rock 'n' Roll!
Elvis Week 2022 will offer an unforgettable line-up of concerts, conversations, tributes, and more. 2022 highlights include...
- The August 16 'Elvis Presley in Concer't featuring Elvis on the big screen backed by a live band;
Includes James Burton, Glen Hardin, Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Larry Strickland and a special appearance by Priscilla Presley.
- All the King's Men, showcasing those who shared the studio and stage with Elvis;
Hear stories from TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Memphis Boy Gene Chrisman.
- The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Dinner Show, where fans can enjoy Elvis' gospel favorites;
Features Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Stamps' Larry Strickland, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations.
- Conversations On Elvis: the man, the music, the legend
Including Priscilla Presley; James Burton, Glen Hardin, Estelle Brown with more guests to be announced.
- The annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and performances by many of EPE's past Ultimate winners;
- The the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15 where fans gather in quiet remembrance of the king.
Tickets for Elvis Week 2022 officially go on sale on Thursday, March 10!
Check out the schedule of events & tickets here at Graceland website
There will be further special guest announcements and added events (News, Source;EPE/EIN)
MRS 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo 1956' CD Review: At the end of last year the UK based MRS label released their Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
The set contains the complete 1956 RCA studio master recordings in mono and (DES extracted) stereo versions. These were thirty classic RCA recordings that would help change the future of popular music.
The accompanying 20-page booklet includes photographs and memorabilia plus introductory notes.
While 'DES Stereo' remastering can sometimes reveal new details about classic MONO studio recordings, trying to create believable stereo from echoey mono masters is not that easy, even when using "highly advanced sound processing techniques".
Can classic mono tracks such as 'Hound Dog', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'My Baby Left Me' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' really sound better in DES stereo?
'Elvis: South Bound- Tampa / Atlanta '75' FTD in-depth Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. This 5" digipack double-soundboard features two more concerts from Elvis' 1975 Spring Tour. The Tampa April 26, 1975 Afternoon show at Curtis Hixon Convention Center plus Atlanta Omni Coliseum May 2, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano tracks, there was often very little drums or orchestra in the mix. So can this release show us anything new?
But while collectors are right to be a little reticent about “Afternoon Shows” this soundboard is surprisingly enjoyable...
(Book Review) 'Don't Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story': It is easy to forget that, in the beginning, Elvis was only one part of a trio put together by Sam Phillips, which included Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar.
The unique sound that emerged from their early sessions was the result of a close collaboration of like-minded musicians and an engineer who wanted to generate something as yet unheard. Bill Black's contribution to Elvis’ success went beyond the bass playing. His antics on stage — twirling his bass, riding it as if it was a bronco to be tamed, trading corny jokes with Elvis — delighted the audiences. Scotty confirmed that, “If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days.”
Memphis Mansion’s Henrik Knudsen fortuitously befriended Bill Black's family and was entrusted with the family’s treasured scrapbook.
Using this key source, plus the investigative power of author Paul Belard, key rock'n'roll bassman Bill Black finally gets the biography he deserves with this impressive 260 page book.
Packed full of rare photos, great stories and interviews, EIN's Piers Beagley spent some quality time enjoying this very fine tribute to "Blackie" a great musician and a true character ... go here to find out more.. (Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
"ELVIS 45" Year-long Celebration: Elvis Presley’s Graceland will be celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout 2022 in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of his passing in 1977. ELVIS 45 will include special events, giveaways, new exhibit openings, and concerts at Graceland during the year, plus exclusive merchandise offerings and more!
The yearlong celebration kicks off this week during Elvis’ Birthday Celebration on January 6-9 in Memphis. Additional Elvis 45 events planned for 2022 include Graceland traditional annual events like Ultimate ETA Weekend, Graceland Performing Arts Camp, Elvis Week 2022,Holiday Lighting Weekend, and Christmas Tours: plus, one-time events including a Valentine’s Day Package,Jailhouse Rock Party, Memphis Music Weekend and more.
- As part of ELVIS 45, Graceland is offering the highly collectible ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection featuring a 2022 Graceland Annual Pass, limited-
edition records, plus other exclusive items. Additionally, Graceland will be giving out 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM Records to visitors in Memphis who tour on six select days in 2022. - Graceland will also open four new exhibits in 2022:'Rock On' in early January, a replica guitar exhibit in partnership with Gibson Guitars; 'Elvis: Dressed to Rock' on May 7, featuring jumpsuits and stagewear from 1969-1977; 'Graceland: Welcome to My World' on June 7, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Graceland opening to the public; and 'Dear Elvis' in August, an exhibit honoring Elvis fans.
Go here to EPE for all the details (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)
Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek:As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team, EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.
EIN is delighted to be able to talk with the author Carlos Varrenti - as well as Elvis Files designer Robert Van Beek to find out more.
We find out more about Carlos Varrenti's Argentinian background, how he came to be involved with designer Robert Van Beek and The Elvis Files for the expanded reprint, what highlights are in the book and what new stories fans will be able to discover within the covers. Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..
'Elvis: '72 Summer Festival' Book Review: Published back in 2019 by author Kieran Davis, this impressive hardcover book focuses on Elvis' 1972 stunning summer season in Las Vegas. With every performance examined in detail over 160 pages, it features rare on-stage photographs, plenty of memorabilia, exclusive original tour documents and best of all fan diaries detailing Elvis' every move.
Packed with rare pics, multiple concert reviews, detailed tracklists, articles on meeting Elvis, an examination of his new stage attire and much much more.. it is one of the most comprehensive books ever written about Elvis' 1972 summer season.
It has been described as a labour-of-love by a true Elvis fan who wanted to self-publish a worthy book for true Elvis fans. Originally Sold Out, the book has now been re-printed for 2021
"Elvis Back In Nashville" 8/10 Review: It's great to see the mainstream music press already giving truly positive reviews to the new "Elvis Back In Nashville" box-set that comes out next week. UNCUT uk music magazine have already reviewed it noting.... "The King's final recordings in the country music capital"
Elvis Presley was more ambitious than his late career output might suggest.
During his 1971 sessions in Nashville, he cut tracks for his dream project: a folk-rock record featuring songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kris Kristofferson and others. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, and tracks from those sessions were scattered across cookie-cutter collections throughout the'70s. 'Elvis Back In Nashville' collects those recordings in one place, showcasing his stylistic range (gospel, carols, standards... you name it) and offering a glimpse of what might have been.
Despite being sold as a nostalgia act, Elvis was absolutely devoted to whatever he song he was singing. He immersed himself in the story and invested each line with nuance and character, whether it's the casually funky "Put Your Hand In The Hand" or the delicate "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (recorded while he had the flu). Box-Set rates 8/10. Extras: 6/10. Archival photos and liner notes by David Cantwell.
MRS presents 'ELVIS: September 1970' in-depth Review:MRS's new 2CD deluxe set features a new previously unreleased soundboard
from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD that covers the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans.
Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand-new previously unknown concert captures Elvis feeling 'loose-as-a-goose' yet still performing with a real intensity. His live versions of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' were truly exceptional this evening.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
(Book Review) Elvis June 1956: June 1956 was another busy month for Elvis Presley and author Paul
Bélard captures the frenzy and excitement of Elvis' rocket-to-stardom in
this new photo-book, ‘Elvis June 1956’.
Elvis' 1956 juggernaut was picking up strength during the month with a series of dynamic live shows across America, appearing on Wink Martindale’s ‘Dance Party’ TV show, violating segregation laws in Memphis, outraging media critics and many parents with his burlesque show rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ on The Milton Berle Show and rehearsing for his appearance on The Steve Allen Show as the highlights.
The book includes some wonderful archive material such as.. - “Singing Sensation Causes Near Riot Here”
- “Writhing Singer Has Long Beach Soxers Wailing”
- "Elvis Sends 6,400 Here Into Frenzy”
- “Presley Leaves You In A Blue Suede Funk”
· “The Presley Problem”
This graphic biography illustrates how our man worked hard getting his career off the ground. All this packed on 220 pages. Go here as Nigel Patterson and Kees Mouwen check out this look at one of Elvis' key months of his career (Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)
Book Review 'From Elvis in Japan': David Ward's 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018' is the a very detailed and visually attractive Elvis “discography”. It covers Elvis LP (vinyl) releases in Japan between 1956 and 2018, the e-book is full of interesting information about each release and stunning images of the LP covers and discs.
The discography contains information on 131 Elvis LPs released in the “land of the rising sun”, a complete song index, and “value add” sections such as How to Read Elvis’ Name in Japanese, Japanese Albums with US Artwork, and English Lyrics (the translations are often outrageously funny!).
Japan also pressed plenty of unique compilations such as 'Elvis Presley Special 24', 'Elvis on Screen', 'Elvis Presley The Complete Singles (11 LP box set)' and 'Elvis Presley By Request of Japanese Fans'.
Despite what some fans may think, Elvis’ Army years were eventful, full of interesting and sometimes sad, incidents.
Those two years in the Army were important in shaping Elvis as a person.
As Kees notes in his enlightening review, in her book, Trina Young “goes behind the superficial public relations story of Presley’s army years”.
'Elvis: Fort Worth, Texas 1974' FTD in-depth Review: This FTD double-pack features two concerts from Elvis’ third tour of 1974, both performances from Father's Day in Fort Worth, Texas, June 16 1974. Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County
Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows
of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock. Reviews included, "Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand".
In fine humour, at the evening show Elvis jokes that the whole band are from Texas...“John Wilkinson from Waco Texas, Ronnie Tutt from Dallas Texas, Duke
Bardwell from Abilene Texas, Charlie Hodge from Decateur Texas, Voice
from Nashville Texas and Joe Guercio with the all-Texas choir band! And
I’m from Tupelo, Texas." Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley give you the complete low-down on this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
(Interview) Dennis van Tiel... the Netherlands: EIN continues its series of interviews with Elvis world identities in different countries, this time discussing “things Elvis” with Dennis Tiel from the Netherlands.
Dennis has published several books about Elvis and is also responsible for the long-running series of “annual” publications, Almost in Elvis.
His view about the Elvis world and what fans can learn from "everything Elvis" is truly fascinating.
As Tiel explains,"'Almost in Elvis' is an initiative for writers, journalists, poets, artist and just passionate lovers of the character Elvis A. Presley. Every issue has is own theme. The style and the design are different every issue and follows the theme of that edition sort of speak. You could consider Elvis is a kind of muse in this context." Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson discovers more ..
'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes. However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions. Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.
EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies. In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including... - Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography
(Interview) Piotr Soczynski talks to EIN: While serious collectors will be familiar with Piotr Soczynski’s phenomenal work in documenting little known parts of the Elvis recording catalog, most fans will not. This is a great pity, as Piotr, who lives in Poland, has already published five of the best Elvis books in 2021, with two more volumes due later this year and in 2022. These books are:
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953-1965
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965-1993
★ Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 1
★ Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 2 (late 2021)
★ Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 3 (expected 2022)
The first four volumes sold out quickly earlier this year, while the more recent first volume of Piotr’s Eastern Europe vinyl trilogy is selling fast. The depth of information, glorious visuals, and strong, clean book design have resulted in fascinating “coffee table” releases which will please (amaze) both collectors and the general fan. Piotr recently took time out to discuss
Elvis in Poland and his series of books which are an important narrative-visual record of little understood Elvis vinyl releases. Read Piotr’s full interview with Nigel Patterson and marvel at some great page visuals from the various volumes
UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game. Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end... And EIN wants YOUR SAY -Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more... (Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 45,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.
Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.
"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project. Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement.. "It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."
We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet. (Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!) (News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s. Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3. However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download. The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features: Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
A section detailing promotional records
Hundreds of illustrations
An Interview and spoken word index
A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following: The Making Of Elvis UK
Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip. Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price. The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website –www.elvisukbooks.co.uk (News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005.
The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone. EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD. 'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960... 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962... 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.-
Release date: March 12, 2021.
From Amazon for $14.99. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares):The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.
It is available in English and Spanish text editions.
'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review:Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud.
A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review:
A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready". EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
US CD box-set
UK CD box-set
‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music,
including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images. (FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished. And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future? Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
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Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ..."The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best. I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!" Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show. Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show. One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published- Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings. The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases. Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for? In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..
Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common. Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.
EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . . - Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral . . . and much much more... Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.
Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK
'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly. Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy. Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker. Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969. (Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)
'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others. It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.
UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses .... - Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story
'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet. - Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems. - Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet. - Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want. PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015. Try Before You Buy -
Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. -
NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, -
Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis' (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage! The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy . (Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)
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