Amazing Prices For Elvis Books

ElvisBookResearch reports that on the abebooks.com site, four Elvis books are listed at prices of US$1,500.00 and above! The titles are: Elvis What Happened? (Dunleavy, Wests & Hebler) - $2,750.00 Elvis & Kathy (Westmoreland) - $2,165.00 Elvis Memories Beyond Graceland Gates - $1,701.00 & $1,500.00 There has been said there are more than half a dozen copies of the 1983 slimline Brixey, Dixon & Eggleston collaboration, 'Elvis at Graceland', listed at around $350.00 each!
Source: Elvis Information Network / Updated: Jun 23, 2006 
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Peter@EM (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 5, 2006report abuse
Hi June, I couldn't agree more - well said!!
June (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2006report abuse
I just can't help but think how sad and lonely and unhappy Elvis was. So what...if it was 'no picnic' for the guys in the last couple of years. People get fired every day and don't write books. You don't help someone by writing a book about their personal pain. You do it in other more, loving, ways. Betrayal is not helping someone. It definately made it worse for Elvis, any fool can see that. Don't make excuses for these men who forgot what loyalty means. They should be deeply regretful and there are a lot of fans who will never forgive them. They will have to live with the consequences and I bet they don't even care what we think either. But, you see...we love Elvis, not them.
Peter@EM (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 30, 2006report abuse
Well, everybody knows that the West Bros were ONLY there for the money. I met both of them, unfortunately, and they sent shivers down my spine.

Fact 1
* August 1st: Red, Sonny and Dave hosted a press conference. Did they say that Steve Dunleavy had 'misunderstood' their words? No. Did they apologize? No. Did they regret the book? NO. Did they agree? 100% and more. Look at the tape. It was only later that they decided to tell another story, about how they wanted to 'wake up' their best friend, and how evil this Steve Dunleavy really was. Ahhh.... and then came the L-word: "We did it out of Love". Right.
* Question from a reporter on August 1st 1977: WHY did you write the book? Did The Wests say: 'because we wanted to shake him up?' Not really. Look at the tape - what is Sonny's first answer? "Out of bitterness" - revenge. In fact, he can't even wait until the reporter has finished his question.

FACT 2
* Elvis died on August 16th. At the same time Sonny was doing another interview: "Yes, I saw him take pills", "Yes, he wanted me to hire a hitman". Anyone who fails to see the connection between the book and Elvis's death is a blind fool.

FACT 3
* On August 18th - day of the funeral - the West Bros signed a contract in which they agreed to another two million copies of the same horrible book, with a new title: "The Bodyguard's Book", putting the focus on THEM. Author's fee: 20%. That's TWENTY percent! C'mon! Elvis was dead - why agree to a new set of 2 million copies if it wasn't for the money?

FACT 4
* Which percentage of the profit of the book was given to a good cause? You tell me.

FACT 5
* Asked if he would write the same book again, S. West said: "YES". Did he learn ANYTHING? Nope.

To those of you who don't know what we're talking about: read the book. Go ahead, we've been kicked in the butt so many times, I'm sure you'll be able to cope with this too - this is the Mother of all gossip books. This started it all.

The name West is a disgrace.

I asked Elvis's lawyer about Sonny West. His answer: "what can you expect from a cockroach?" Thought that was mildly put.
efan4ever (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
I met Sonny and he told me that he and Red tried to stop the Stanley brothers from bringing Elvis his medication. It is not an opinion. It is a fact. Do some research.
newyorknewyork (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
Steve V, I'm not defending Elvis 100%, I know roughly what went on, but I get tired of reading all of the negative stuff. I wonder how many of us, male or female, in the same position as Elvis would behave like angels?
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
That whole fiasco of what happened in 1976 - we will never know exactly because we weren't there. But remember Elvis didnt even fire them, his father did. Is that anyway for a friend to act? I dont hold a grudge against these guys. They were wronged. It's time people grew up about this. Elvis was no angel during the years following his divorce and these guys prob got the worst of it, although they were no angels either. But please lets stop defending Elvis 100% of the time. The book that should be banned forever is Albert Goldman's book. He didnt know Elvis and wrote the most hateful biased book ever. Thats a piece of s*#t worth 2 cents in my opinion.
cathyreno (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
hi everyone its been a long time since I gave my opinion I see alot of new input from new members personally I agree with with newyorknewyork its hard to know what went on. I get the feeling aleast with sonnywest he regrets writing it red will tell you I doid it for the money
Tupelo (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
Thanks for the tip nrbl, just ordered my copie of Elvis and Kathy for 19,95$
I am Buffalo-Horn! (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
Sonny & Red tried to help Elvis?? I shall avoid a personal attack, but to be polite, the writer of that erroneous opinion is extemely gullible & totally, utterly wrong....
newyorknewyork (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
Nobody really knows for sure what went on. Whatever is said in any Elvis book is only from that person's point of view, unfortunately Elvis is not around to give his point of view. I know if any of my friends or past employers had written everything about me and then let the whole world know about it, I would be a very sad and unhappy person indeed. That is why I'm extremely selective in which books I buy. I won't buy anything that slags Elvis off. I don't need those kind of books, I just want to remember Elvis as the gorgeous talented beautiful human being that he was.
efan4ever (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
Sonny and Red tried to help Elvis. I would think all of us could agree on that They roughed up the people who were bringing E the pills. But he did not want to help himself. It is called tough love. Sometimes it works
efan4ever (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
I am a huge Elvis fan too. But honestly Elvis needed a good kick in the bum to see what he was doing to him self. Maybe if that book would have come out sooner he could have made some serious changes in his life. By the the time it was released it was too late for our hero. I am just keeping it real that's all.
Sandi (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
"Elvis, What Happened" should be banned from selling! What a horrible, hateful book! These "men" loved Elvis, I think not. All they loved was the money. When you truly love someone, you keep their secrets, understand them & NEVER, EVER betray them. These, "persons" took it upon themselves to try to destroy one of the greatest men of all men. Those of us who have experienced life's worse curve balls know the intimate details of how we react emotionally. It does NOT make us horrible people, only, sad, confused and very, very lonely souls. These beings who think they're devulging horrific secrets about Elvis to shock his fans~~have done the opposite because we DO understand the MAN, the emotional, wanting & so very needfulful person that we love~~MR. ELVIS PRESLEY & the trifil written word by these "freinds" hold no value to those of us who truly love this wonderful soul that the Almighty (no matter what your beliefs are) gaves us to enjoy for such a short amount of time~~~~~
nrbl (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
I've just order Elvis & Kathy from amazon along with Jerry Schillings new book for only $36. US, both books are brand new, it might take about 4 weeks for delivery but at least i saved a lot of money.
June (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2006report abuse
I agree with Sherriemr...those guys betrayed their boss and friend, when they wrote that book. Others have followed, with no hesitation and they continually try and justify their betrayal. I have been in the same business all of my life and there is an unwritten rule that is accepted by all decent people. When you are privileged to live with and/or work for celebrities..you do not air the 'dirty laundry'. Elvis was not perfect. He was human and should be allowed to be. His personal dignity is what is important now and always. He is my hero and I love him and I will defend his right to be human until my last breath.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2006report abuse
Sherrie, I get your point...but don`t forget that our hero fired them in a way that no friend is supposed to ! I don`t wanna badmouth Elvis but he was really screwed up in 1976 and these bodyguards never quite thought their "boss" would get rid of them that way. Like they said many times "You had to be there to realize what it was like"...To deal with the personality of a man like Elvis must not have been such a piece of cake sometimes...
No offense !
sherriemr (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2006report abuse
I have read "Elvis: What Happened?" and I wouldn't give you 2 cents for it again...I wish I had never read it. I don't care what anybody says...if they loved Elvis the way they said they did..they would have never been so open about his life when writing that book. I would never sell out my best friend that way...NEVER...
tk10 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2006report abuse
i only found one copy of elvis what happened in the main library at san francisco last yr. it was the only one in the city of sf and kept underlock and key. all cross the cover an thru the book someone had underlined things and wrote lies lies lies. it opened my eyes to a lot of things especially the part where elvis was mad about getting sued for being mentally incompetent. that was not branded as a lie paul terry king
elvislady (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2006report abuse
i bought mine copy of elvis and cathy for 15.00 pounds and it was second hand. also i got elvis what happend for less than £20 . you have just got to do a lot of searching if you want a particular book you will find it. i saw elvis and cathy going on ebay for $400 dollars about 2 years ago.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2006report abuse
For those seeking a bargain, there are several copies of "Elvis What Happened?" currently on ebay at a lot less than these prices!

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