Finally released is the book "Elvis At 21 - From New York To Memphis". Since the announcement of this release too many months ago we have been looking forward to this one. For starters, I'm no jumpsuit junkie.
We can keep this review very short, this is the best Elvis book ever, period! Sorry Ger Rijff :-) Hundreds of pictures of a young Elvis on his way to conquer the world, starting in New York - the city where he would return triumphantly 20 years later at Madison Square Garden - and ending in his home city of Memphis, performing at Russwood Park. In between we see Elvis in eight chapters at home, in the television studio with Steve Allen and recording studio recording "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" which both hit the #1 spot simultaneously.
And there's nothing much we need to add to this according to Alfred Wertheimer himself, according to him the pictures speak for themselves (yes he's right). Especially on high quality paper with a kind of a silver metallic print chosen for this book. It makes the black and white images speak (for themselves).
I used to browse the Playboy for the fold out, but this book has it's own fold out pages with some of the best pictures of our man when he was still looking great. Add to this the memories of Alfred Wertheimer himself on the chapters, a well written forword by Peter Guralnick, an introduction by Chriss Murray and you're done.
Conclusion, as stated earlier, "the best Elvis book ever, period!".