Schillings memories of his friendship with Elvis Presley takes readers from late-night parties at Graceland to the bright lights of Hollywood and glittering stages of Vegas. More than anything, this moving and elegantly told memoir resonates with the spirit of true friendship ("The Washington Post").Schillings memories of his friendship with Elvis Presley takes readers from late-night parties at Graceland to the bright lights of Hollywood and glittering stages of Vegas. More than anything, this moving and elegantly told memoir resonates with the spirit of true friendship ("The Washington Post").Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-07-10 In 1954, at age 12, Schilling first met fellow Memphis homeboy Presley, a 19-year-old truck driver "a year out of high school and less than a week into a recording career that carried no guarantee of turning into steady work." He provides a fascinating view of Memphis in the late '50s, but most of his memoir is from after 1964, when he officially joined the retinue of friends-the "Memphis Mafia"-that served as Elvis's surrogate family. While this thoroughly enjoyable book deftly describes his many adventures with Elvis and other notables, including the Beatles, Ann-Margret, the Beach Boys and Billy Joel, the heart of it is his many observations of Elvis's inner exploration. Unlike the rest of Elvis's posse, Schilling was liberal in his musical and racial views, and he shared Elvis's spiritual hunger "for a sense of meaning and purpose." Schilling provides the most detailed account yet of the sometimes comical LSD trip he took with Presley, and he poignantly observes the "disappointment and frustration" Elvis felt about his Hollywood movies. Overall, Schilling's heartfelt narrative makes this more than just another piece of Elvis product. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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