Fike, An Uncommon Journey

Under the title "Fike, An Uncommon Journey" a book by the former long-term friend and Memphis Maffia member Lamar Fike has been announced. This book is co-written with music writer Marc Bego who also collaborated on David Stanley's 1996 book Raised On Rock as well as on books with Micky Dolenz and Martha Reeves. Synopsis: Renowned as a "straight shooter", Lamar Fike was a permanent part of Elvis' entourage over three decades. He and Elvis each other like brothers, and on occasion, fought like brothers. Lamar's insight to the Elvis story and the man who was Elvis Presley is well known to fans. Co-written with Mark Bego, "Fike An Uncommon Journey" promises to be a unique perspective on the Elvis story. This could well be "THE" Elvis book release of 2007!
Source: Elvis Information Network / Updated: Apr 11, 2007 
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Mystery Rider (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 11, 2007report abuse
Lamar recently released from the hospital after they were able to remove the Feed Bag that became lodged in in his throat. He now has saddle bags strapped to his waist so can carry around his food at his side instead of under his chin. He was one of elvis biggest expenses playing 5 dates a year to keep Lamar's Feed Bag full of Goodies.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2007report abuse
If EP1970 would like to contact me, I will be glad to detail the many times good old Lamar has not been loyal to Elvis. Or loyal to anyone for that matter.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2007report abuse
Oh, please, here we go again! Am I really surprised? No. Writing a book sure beats working for a living. This is the same pig who talked about Elvis' sex life when he & other prominent people were interviewed about his music. You know why? He doesn't care about being a friend to the person who influenced our music & culture, he only cares about stories that can make him more money & make him important. But, as true Elvis fans, we can feel redeemed. I had the great fortune to meet up with a couple people who really like Elvis & love his music. Both of them made it a point to say they don't read this stuff because as far as they are concerned, they sold Elvis out. I am talking about people who would never get on this site because even though they are fans they are not the fans that we "supposedly" are. That tells me something. If they can figure it out & feel that way, what's wrong with the rest of us. Lamar & the group be damned.
June (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2007report abuse
Aura has it. Too many people, even Elvis fans, for goodness sake!.....won't allow him to be human. I fight for his right to be a human being every day of my life. He wasn't perfect and noone should expect him to be especially, when the burdon of such fame was on his Tupelo, Mississippi, boy shoulders. He would be blown away by what he achieved and so would Gladys. People like Lamar Fike can go(as they say in the South) and kiss my lily, white.....
aura (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 24, 2007report abuse
Since Fike helped Goldman to write his book, he must be regarded like a piece of crap...
For me the best biography of ELVIS is written by Peter Guralnick's two books "Last Train to Memphis" and "Careless Love". There we can read about the funny and the sad parts of ELVIS' life, his music and private affairs and understand that ELVIS was not a god, but a human being with wonderful qualities but also some failures.
Devon (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2007report abuse
So sad, they run out of money and then write a book about Elvis. I wont read a word if it was given to me free!!!
EP1970 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2007report abuse
Thanks, MR61. I read that book a long time ago...
June (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2007report abuse
You guys nailed it..............
MR61 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2007report abuse
EP1970 in answer to your question Lamar did a lot of the leg work for the Albert Golman book this is why a lot of people hate him. hope this is of help
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2007report abuse
Oh, God, here we go again! Another "enlightening tell all" book by none other than the king of slobs. And I am not talking about his personal appearance, I am talking about his behavior. If fans (or anyone else) want the real story about Elvis, why don't they read books like Ernst Jorgensen's ELvis: A Man & His Music. That's what he's all about. The fans (and others) want to know how he really was or want to read about his legacy. Wake up! His legacy is his music. And of all people to make comments on behavior -it certainly isn't Fike. That's like calling the kettle black. A few years ago I watched an interview featuring him along with music critics & writers from US & England. All were asked questions about Elvis & the effect his music has had on music today. Everyone had a decent, intelligent comment to make (even those who aren't impressed with Elvis) except Fike who immediately went into comments about Elvis' sex life. Everyone just looked at him! What a pathetic piece of work he is! He, along with the other gofers, do not understand decency, honor, and most of all loyalty. They didn't have to work for him & they didn't have to be his "friend". But they did & they are still sucking on it today. And again I ask - what is the big deal? Jagger & Rolling Stones, & most of the rock groups of the past 20 yrs have been abusing drugs, womanizing & bringing kids into the world & still living that way to this day. Will we get stories when they are gone about how they snorted coke & screwed everything in sight, went to jail, etc? (Elvis' life was nothing compared to rockers after him) I think not! Quit wasting your hard earned money on pigs like Fike, West, etc. How many times can the same old story be told! Get some good books on Elvis & his music & support those intelligent, hard working people who are trying to keep the true Elvis & true legacy alive.
EP1970 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 13, 2007report abuse
Can someone quickly summarize Fike's betrayal of Elvis for me? I didn't realize the extent of which Fike has been disloyal to Elvis. Judging by some of the comments below, he's been a piece of work. Please clarify for me. Thanks!
June (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 13, 2007report abuse
I did meet Lamar Fike (and sat next to him) at the viewing for Richard Davis. He was a sad figure of a man and like so many of them who betrayed Elvis, had no regrets. "We were there" is the common excuse for the ultimate betrayal. Why some fans don't get that, is a mystery to me. Won't waste my money on this.
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 13, 2007report abuse
It remembers me... well it was in 1963 and a French magazine called "Jeunesse Cinema" (something like "Movies for youth") had a several pages article about Elvis and his brainless entourage. They talked about Lamar Fike saying he was strong as a bull... with the same kind of brain. I didn't knew then how they were right.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 13, 2007report abuse
I'm not a great fan of any of these guys, but lets face it - without their books would we have gained any insight on how life was with Elvis? Many of their books recount the same stories so I would assume they are telling the truth. I have read Lamar's stories, so I probably wont buy this, but like someone said, once these guys are gone, the storries die with them.
gbalaban (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 13, 2007report abuse
All I can say is that Elvis had many of these guys around him for a very long time, so he must have liked them at least a little bit. Lamar and the rest that people get tired of hearing are the only ones left to tell the story (and yes it is from their perspective), but once they are gone there will be lots of people wanting to know more and more. These guys are living off of Elvis (then and now), but I am sure a lot of people are just jealous that they can't be in Lamar's place, or any of the others. This of course is only my view, and I too am a martial artist and one point in the arts that you learn is not to be a bully or threaten another only in "physical" defense of your or your loved ones lives. TCB!
stanton (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2007report abuse
The lardass should stay quiet and thank God and Elvis for every day he got to enjoy his life- since if it wasn`t for the two of them he would be noone. Noone. Wonder if he ever really realized that? I guess not, otherwise he would be still and listen.......
davrid (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2007report abuse
Fike? Egotistical, crass and fatuous. Teacherous and motivated by money, regardless of fact. Truth, is only his view on life. His ambitions in life extend to nothing more than making as much money from Elvis as possible. I have met him seveal times, during one of which he threatened to have old one-eyed Dave Hebler beat me up! Mindful, that I myself am a karate instructor, he failed to intimidate and scare me as he envisioned. The guy is a walking, talking pile of excrement.
efan4ever (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2007report abuse
I have met Lamar Fike and he was really nice. He told the truth about Elvis. I have learned that people would rather live in a fantasy land than deal with reality and or the facts. Or they would rather place the blame on everybody else instead of the person that is in the ground. And that is the bottom line!
dannyboy1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2007report abuse
Fike that! How many times is this guy going to lash back at Elvis before he feels appeased? If he felt unfairly treated he should have just left. It was a long time ago, Lamar. Get over it! Yet here he is over thirty years later still cashing in. None of these sponges are capable of giving an open, honest, unprejudiced viewpoint without using their own warped perceptions and making themselves out to have been all-important.
Joe Carr (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
Before I purchase anything, I'll certainly wait for a review!
MR61 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
Wont Marty and Billy be upset ,Lamar I all ways thought you came as the three amigos ,I am just reading your last book that you all wrote together will this one be different ?
RJ (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
10 years from now, all people who knew Elvis are gone. This is their legacy.....
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
Who buys all these books? Openmind? i just dont care about thesek ind of books or 99% of the elvis books that are out there!
Mark S. (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
We're obviously all keeping an open mind here :-) Let's read the book first before we start bashing it, people. Mark Bego has written some pretty good biographies. And so I am actually curious about this one.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
That's funny...Jerome, it is. Hahahaha...Jungle Room Sessions...
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
Lamar walked in and disrupted the whole room
Palle (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
What... Lamar Fike decided to write the book without Albert Goldman? Humm... perhaps Mark Bego is the new Albert Goldman. Heck, I ain't gonna touch this 'book' with a ten feet pole

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