Darrin Lee wrote a book about some of Elvis’ outrageous shows. Is Desert Storm the myth that is shattered? Is it Elvis? Or?
Well, I can be short on that, there is hardly a design. There has been an attempt on the cover, but with the tiger skin and golden font it is so tacky that probably Elvis would have loved it, but I don’t. To each his or her own, but at least there was an attempt.
That doesn’t go for the inside of the book. It is just one big brew of words: no paragraph spacing, just one big patch of justified text.
You can only recognize the paragraph headers because suddenly there is a line centered. This makes the book very hard to read layout wise. Tip: there are free courses in composing readable text on the web.
The pictures used are overall of poor quality because of the print, and sometimes they look out of proportion.
Not only had the layout of the text made it a struggle to finish this book. The continuous transcriptions are very boring and make no point at all. Worse are the comparisons, like putting the light hearted sexual jokes in the ’69 shows on the same level as the rambling in 1974. The most interesting parts of the book are the covers of the boulevard magazines displayed, at least they are readable.
I understand the point mr. Lee tries to make, but let me tell you that the novels by Daniel Klein, starring Elvis as detective, are more realistic and sensible than mr. Lee’s point of view. The parts on the Vegas shows are partly supported by me, since there are some good performances in those shows, but when he starts on the infamous College Park show… he completely lost me.
Napoleon’s trip to and from Moscow, including the battle of Berezina, must have been peanuts compared to battling through this book. I can’t imagine anyone enjoys it, except maybe Darrin Lee when collecting his money. There is no myth shattered. The artist Elvis can't be shattered in my book, there is no myth on Desert Storm, it is just what it is, whatever Darrin Lee is trying to make of it, but it is certainly no myth.