This book, which until now we only mentioned because the release date was postponed, tells the story of police men who had one or more – brief – encounters with Elvis.
The book is a labour of love. You can see the author went through a lot of trouble for his project. Digging up stories and images. The only minor in the design department are the cartoons which illustrate several stories; why use a seventies style Elvis to illustrate a story that took place in the fifties?
Elvis and the police, most fans know the link. After a short (one page) introduction on why Elvis had a soft spot for the police, this book tells the story of many policemen who encountered Elvis. The stories are told from their point of view. Most stories are funny, servicemen who unexpectedly met Elvis or who provided security services for our man.
The stories vary from policemen who thought they were stopping a thieve in the middle of the night, ending up almost shooting Elvis doing some shopping in the quiet hours to people who fed carrots to Elvis horses on Sunday morning, with Elvis coming out to check who’s feeding his cattle.
There is one problem reading this book, it contains (sweet) memories and anecdotes, no facts. This makes it hard to place or believe all the stories of Elvis’ police buddies, despite the subtitle “TRUE stories of Elvis and his police buddies”. But policemen don't lie now do they? :-)
The book was kind of funny to read, it tells some anecdotes and doing so it paints a picture of Memphis from the fifties through the seventies. But if everything happened the way it is remembered...?