’Kuningas Elvis’ is the title of a new biography that has just been published in the Baltic state of Estonia. The book was written by Estonian Elvis fanclub president Tony Tuulas, who’s an attorney-at-law in daily life. It’s no coincidence that the Elvis fanclub there was founded in 1990, the same year that the reign of the communistic regime ended. “During the communistic regime all western music was forbidden”, Tuulas says, “But Elvis was nevertheless quite popular, because many of us were able to listen to him by tuning into Finnish radio stations with our antenna radios. Mind you, this was strictly forbidden and could result in a prison sentence”.
The book is a lavish hardback 192-page publication with many color and b&w photos, the story of Elvis’ life and career, an album discography from ’56 to ’77, an overview of his gold and platinum albums, a filmography as well as a chapter about the Estonian fanclub’s activities since ’90. Even though most of us can’t read Estonian, the design and the reproduction of the photos are topnotch.