The Books of Paul Lichter

One of the most prolific authors in the Elvis world is Paul Lichter. Since the mid 1970s Paul has released more than 25 books and photobooks about Elvis. The Paul Lichter Photo Archives comprises more than 40,000 transparencies! In addition, a number of Paul's quality "coffee table" releases are highly sought after by collectors.

In particular, hard-to-find titles like EP In Concert; Rebel Heart; Elvis Memories A Love Story; and Elvis Behind Closed Doors sell for a high price through dealers and on ebay.

On eBay Millennium Elvis was listed with a start price of US$99.99 and Elvis Thank You Very Much with a start price of $124.99.

In recent correspondence, Paul told EIN:

"Most recently I have supplied 99% of the photographs and material featured on the CD for Joe Tunzi's Charro book.  I've also done the same for a new book and CD by Joe that should be out in January 2007 for the movie Tickle Me. 

I am currently involved in some projects with Peter Haan and when these books are completed they will feature complete concerts with exclusive, never-before-seen photographs in many different rare Elvis jumpsuits.  As a heads up I will tell you that in 1980 Sean Shaver and I purchased all of Judy Palmer's original transparencies.  We split them 50/50.  Sean used his in his big Elvis books, mine have never been produced for the public nor have they been viewed by anyone outside my personal archives.  That will change in the near future with the above mentioned project and a potential project with my good friend, Bud Glass.

I have over 40,000 original images that are part of Paul Lichter's Photo Archives.  Many have been seen but the majority, which consist of candids, Hollywood, personal and concerts from the 50's through the 70's have not."

The Paul Lichter Booklist:

1.  Portrait Of A Legend 1975 Gold Collectors Edition
2.  Portrait Of A Legend 1977 Red Memorial Edition
3.  Elvis In Hollywood 1975 coffee table edition
4.  Elvis In Hollywood 1975 hardback (very rare 500 copies)
5.  Elvis The Legend Lives On
6.  The Candid Elvis
7.  Elvis TV Years
8.  Elvis The Boy Who Dared To Rock coffee table edition
9.  The Definitive Elvis - The Boy Who Dared To Rock hardback edition
10.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1977

Millennium Elvis had the distinction of being released as "two books in one", with two main covers, each having its own sub-title:

"larger than life THE CANDIDS"


"as good as it gets THE CONCERTS"

The book was cleverly designed with its content split in two and the reader had to turn the book upside down to read and view the second half.

11.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1978
12.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1979
13.  Elvis Presley Memorial Book Of Days 1980
14.  Paul Lichter's Elvis Memories Are Forever book & 33 1/3 record album marketed through TV by Crane & Norris

15.  Paul Lichter's Elvis Memories Are Forever coffee table book
16.  Elvis A Portrait In Music
17.  Elvis Memories A Love Story Golden Anniversary Edition
18.  Elvis Memories A Love Story Deluxe Collectors Edition
19.  Elvis Behind Closed Doors standard edition turquoise leather cover with stamped gold Elvis silouette
20.  Elvis Behind Closed Doors Deluxe Graceland Edition (note: first printing featured a lavender leather cover, next 17 printings a deep purple leather)

21.  Elvis All My Best
22.  Rebel Heart
23.  Magic Moments
24.  EP In Concert
25.  From The City Of Brotherly Love To The Big Apple
26.  Thank You Very Much
27.  Millennium Elvis - As Good As It Gets/Larger Than Life
28.  Elvis Immortal (contributed photos)
29.  Charro (JAT Productions - contributed photos)
30.  Tickle Me (JAT Productions - contributed photos)
31.  Viva Las Vegas (JAT Productions - contributed photos)
32.  Paul Lichter Presents Elvis in Las Vegas

A side note: some of these titles were published in different countries with different covers and slightly different titles

Availability of Paul Lichter titles:

Many of the Lichter releases are out of print. A number can be purchased directly from the author (see below) while others can often be found on ebay and from the Amazon and Barnes & Noble book dealer networks

Contacting Paul Lichter:

Elvis Unique Record Club
10933 E. Elmwood St.
Mesa AZ, 85207 USA

Tel: (480) 984-5026
Fax: (480) 984-5056

Mini Book Reviews


Jesse Books, USA, 1999, Hardback, 144 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 1929137001.

Synopsis: This limited edition collectible from Elvis “superman” and former manager of the 1960’s group The Vanilla Fudge features unseen photos from Elvis’s Philadelphia (November 1971) and Madison Square Garden (June 1972) concerts. One of Lichter’s best with high production values and great color and black & white visuals.

Read EIN's detailed review of this book


Jesse Books, USA, Hardback, 1994, 176 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0961602775.

Synopsis: Another deluxe, limited edition coffee table publication from Paul Lichter. The second in his ‘Rebel Heart’ trilogy, this release features hundreds of stunning photos and interesting stories (‘a ducks-ass haircut’: ‘pegged trousers’ and ‘The King of Western Bop’ to name a few). Printed on high quality, high gloss paper with each page hand sewn. Custom color laminated, hardback portrait cover. Made with the co-operation of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Aka ‘Elvis Presley: Magic Moments’.


Dolphin Books/Doubleday & Co., USA, 1978, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0385126360.

Sphere Books, England, 1980 & 1981, Soft cover, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0722155476.

Galahad Books, USA, 1982, 304 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 0883656221.

Synopsis: Lichter’s Elvis biography is more renowned for its coverage of recording sessions and record covers from around the world (RCA and many rare and bootleg albums). Also includes a listing of Elvis’s live appearances between 1969 and 1977. ‘The Boy Who Dared To Rock’ contains a veritable feast of information and photos for eager collectors. At the time of its release this was certainly one of the best, if not the best, of its kind. Regardless of what some fans may think of Lichter he put his heart and soul into this (and subsequent releases).

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