The Memphis Lullaby

The book "The Memphis Lullaby" is a play script which tells the story of Elvis Presley’s life in his own words. Or as the Scottish -based writer Linda Ann McConnell puts it: "The Memphis Lullaby paints an intimate portrait of the King in his own words." The book is a collection of quotes transcribed from recordings of radio interviews, press conferences, concerts his handwritten notes and remembered conversations with his friend Larry Geller". The book, is a play script and launched on 16 August 2004 at an event which was hosted by The Elvis Touch Fan Club Glasgow. Synopsis: "It is 10 August 1977, Elvis Presley sits in his living room at Graceland. He has decided it is time to write his memoirs and intends to call the book ‘Through My Eyes’. He reflects on his life, from humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, through his rise to stardom and how he became the man the world called ‘The King.’ The story imagines Elvis as he reminisces, recalls anecdotes and touches the truth in his own words about the man, the myths and the music. As we walk with Elvis on his nostalgic journey we glimpse the man behind the King while commemorating his life and career".
Source: The Memphis Lullaby / Updated: Oct 24, 2004 
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Gerry McLafferty (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 26, 2004report abuse
‘As a monologue by Elvis himself the play gives a very different take on the whole Presley legend when compared to the many other forms that have been presented over the past 27 years - e.g. books, television, and documentaries. The idea of Elvis's story in the first person is a very good one. I admire how the author has combined actual quotes from the 1950's and 1970's, giving them a then-contemporary touch. She has also effectively interspersed other quotes giving it an impression of 1977 quotation. It is obvious that the author spent quite some considerable time researching and working on this project.’ Gerry McLafferty, President of the Elvis Presley Film Society and author of the books Elvis Presley in Hollywood: Celluloid Sell-Out & Elvis Presley: The Power and the Persecution.
LC Cumming (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2004report abuse
The Memphis Lullaby is superb and I would 100% recommend it to anybody reading this. Linda has written the book as a monologue, entirely in Elvis's own words, and it's as if Elvis is speaking to you straight from the heart. I personally found this book extremely moving and insightful, and I know Elvis would have approved of it.
Lowri (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 4, 2004report abuse
is the book out yet?, is it available in the uk? when will it be released , i really want it?
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2004report abuse
i have a pretty good idea what he wouldve had in his book. he wouldve told all about his life and his "addiction" to his prescription drugs and why he needed them. also he wouldve came clean and appologized to his family and friends about the way he had acted in the years leading to his death and the sorrow he felt for them all. he would prolly also say what he wanted to do in the future and talk about his regrets in life. he would talk about his deep love for lisa and priscilla and his mother. talk about the rough life he had in the army and his childhood. and his views on life such as the turbulent 60's that he didnt get to adress as an artist cuz he would say in hos own words that his movies were crappy and way out of line with the times. all in all it wouldve been great to see it word from word from elvis himself. but i will buy it when it comes out cuz larry geller was one of his most loyal friends. i rember the book if i can dream that was a great book.
2kisses&3scarfs (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2004report abuse
Does anyone know anything more about this book? Is it out already? Has anyone read it? It sounds promising, but then again, like so many of these books, it could be very disappointing.

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