The Forgotten Family Of Elvis Presley
Due out in the next few weeks is the book, "The Forgotten Family of Elvis Presley" based on the life of Elvis' aunt Lois Smith with Uncle Johnnie Smith (brother of Gladys Presley). Some of the chapters cover the kidnapping of Lois Smith, pain and abuse, the death of Gladys Presley, and the reported death of Elvis.
History is written by the victorious, that does not mean that the other side must be wrong, and it might actually be even more interesting. Obviously Lois' family picked the shortest straw. I think that to doubt the sincerity or truthfullnes because of lack of intellectual finess is an Aristolelian mistake. Often enough truth is spoken in simple terms. I for one are looking forward to be able to read this book and to blend it in the rich mass of the Elvis fenomenon.
Invisible because there was a link/email included
Someone relly needs to put a stop to all this, what would Elvis think about a book like this.
True, Lois was married ito the family but her five kids are blood kin to Elvis. Yes Billy could write a good book on the Smith family and Elvis, But this book is about Lois and Johnnie Smith and some stories of time spent with Elvis growing up in Tupelo and time visiting Graceland. Some who have spent years researching Elvis would be better at telling the Elvis story, But what do they know about the life of Lois Smith. The cover showing on this web site is NOT the correct cover and should not have been used. But it has worked out in our benefit, gave you all something to talk about. Those who have showed support for this book, I thank you.
I agree do you notice all these people who have told "their stories" aren't blood related Dee Presley 'we love u tender' Lucy De Barbin 'are u lonesome tonite' to name just a few... Yes it would be interesting to hear about the smith side the only one capable of doing this with the goodness of heart would be Billy & Jo Smith. For those who dont know Billy was and is Elvis's first cousin, now that would be good read maybe hes written one already? I dont know. But if we keep buyin them they'll keep trashin them out. T C B everyone
LOL! What a joke. Right on Bill!
Re: Ant Louise's book. Fergit the spellink. It's the contense that is so bogus. And remember, Ant Louise is married into the Elvis famuly. She weren't borned in2 it.
Pinch me anyone please, so I can wake up from this nightmare...the cover looks like a cheap "National Enquirer" tabloid edition...you have to be desperate to either write or even worse, spend money on this ! Poor mother Gladys must be turning over in her coffin !
To add to what I wrote below: not that self-published books are necessarily bad, it's just that often people who write terrible books resort to self-publishing because no one else wants to publish what they've written. As we all know, it often happens that really great books sometimes don't get published, while awful ones shoot to the top of the best-sellers' list. If this book is self-published, it's probably because no one would want to put out a book by someone who claims, as Bill Burk said, to be married to their dead nephew. I mean, seriously -- can the Elvis world get any stranger?
Thanks for the warning, Bill. Where would we be without you? Though I must say, I was already turned off by the cover. This looks like a very cheap book -- most likely self-published (since no editor would overlook the misspelling of "kidnapping"). They say don't judge a book by its cover, but it turns out I was right in this case...
Thanks for these details Bill. I´ll keep distance from this book.
Have to agree with Sherriemr...again. The Smith side are still blood relatives and so would be a fascinating subject. I don't care if they are a bunch of..'hillbillies'...they are still our hero's family. Gladys was a lovely, simple and good person. Her family deserves respect.
Bill E. Burk is a real " Elvis-expert", so you better believe him and don't waste your money on that forthcoming book !!!
Dont think so, this one is not for me.
I'm a little mixed on all this...although I won't be buying the book...I do believe that Elvis' family should be shown some respect...after all they are his kin. I think it would hurt his feelings to know that they are writing a book...but at the same time..I think it would hurt his feelings to know that his fans were disrespectful to his kin folk...(if they are actually his kin...) JMHO...
not one for my collection i'm afraid..still made me giggle just reading the notes on these pages.(hope i've spelt everything right) unlike the book
From my viewpoint, I've never read anything about Glady's family that would make them scholar's. She was a very good person but pure simple roots. The rest of the family, from what I've read, some are missing a few volume's upstairs. I think this forthcoming book will have to do with more of a personal nature of Aunt Lois. Can't blame a person for trying nowadays to earn a little 'stash'=$.
What a disappointment. We do need to hear about more from the Smith side...come on, Bill....write the book!
Please, Bernard, don't judge all us Southerners by the misspelling on this book! Dear Aunt Lois is a sandwich short of a picnic I'm afraid, and I wouldn't put any credence in anything she says.
Before ANYONE goes out and wastes one penny even THINKING of buying this book, they should read the EW Update I sent out 26 June. This is the SAME Aunt Lois who stood in front of a group of fans in Memphis and pointed to the Swedish Lisa Marie and said she (the Swede) was the real thing . . . the SAME Aunt Lois who, in a May 1997 interview with me, swore she was married to Elvis (since 1977) and that in August he would be coming out of hiding. Aunt Lois' twist on things Elvis makes Jimmy Denson look like Einstein !
Certainly the cover of this has an interesting layout – is it really going to read "Kidnapping - Pain - Abuse & Johnny Smith?!" (Although I do rather like the Southern spelling of Kidnaping!!) Seriously this could be an interesting read!
This is more like it. A good read by the sounds of it.
I agree, this looks to be a very interesting book. As is usual in life, more attention is put on the fathers line as has been the case with the Presley family.
Sounds fascinating...I have always wondered about all of the forgotten members of his family. Will definately purchase this one.
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