No, this is not about the well known movie, but a new book, written by Darrin Lee. The full title is almost a book on itself: “Elvis Presley – The Patriot: A Man’s Love Of God And Country. The Summit ‘76: A Triumph Of The Human Spirit”.
Elvis Presley – The Patriot: A Man’s Love Of God And Country. The Summit ‘76: A Triumph Of The Human Spirit is a 200 page, A5 format soft cover featuring the stunning artwork of Night Rider Designs, beautiful photographs of Bob Heis, and world class photographer Manuel Chavez’s never-before-published shot of Elvis flipping the “f” you middle finger to a heckler at the Summit on 28th August 1976. “The Little Girl With The Beautiful High Voice” joins Rosemary Alden, Sandi Miller and Joseph Tunzi as prominent contributors to this project dedicated to Lisa Marie Presley, the non-conforming, truth-seeking rebel.
The Patriot opens with “The Man In Black, The Memphis Flash & Hollywood Hokum (Walk The Line)” and “Academia & The Media Try, But Fail, To Paint A Patriot As A Pillhead” – 10 pages dedicated to Elvis’ historic meeting with President Richard Nixon. But it’s Chapter 3 that will leave many readers in a state of shock. Numbering 20 pages and entitled “The Hycodan Overdose: Thank God For Blonde Miracles… Enter Sandi Miller,” it thoroughly debunks one of the most damaging drug-based allegations (he furnished prescription-strength cough syrup to a sweet, innocent teenager from San Francisco resulting in her overdose in his Palm Springs bed and emergency hospitalization) lodged against Elvis Presley.
More than five of this chapter’s 20 powerful pages are devoted to Elvis: What Happened?, with two subsections written specifically as useful knowledge for Lisa Marie Presley: “ ‘Disposable’ People In EP’s Life? Providing A Deeper Understanding For LMP And Oprah Winfrey” and “EP To Whom It May Concern: ‘I am not fucked up. I’ve got a daughter and I’ve got a life.’ ” A lot of good folks admire Kathy Westmoreland and recognize her importance to Elvis, not only in his personal life, but on stage and in the studio. On 20th March 2011, Kathy spoke with the author about this forthcoming project and also revealed the biggest heartbreak Elvis suffered in the 70’s.
DL: “How much would it hurt or disappoint Elvis if Lisa Marie believed the accusations in the bodyguard book and elsewhere?”
Kathy Westmoreland: “I don’t believe Elvis would survive. He couldn’t live. I think it would just kill him. From my heart, I’m telling you it would crush him more than anything anyone could possibly imagine.”
DL: “There couldn’t be anything worse happen to him than for his daughter to believe the drug accusations?”
Kathy Westmoreland: “No. There could be nothing worse happen to him. I can’t think of anything. There’s nothing else that would hurt him more and Lisa was the only thing he worried about.”
DL: “Did he pretty much say, ‘What’s my girl gonna think?’ ”
Kathy Westmoreland: “Yeah. ‘What’s Lisa gonna think? What’s gonna happen to her? What’s she gonna believe?’ ” That was his big concern. He was just beside himself on realizing that she would be subjected to trying to figure all this out.”
DL: “In all the years that you knew Elvis, Kathy, was this the most hurt – the biggest heartbreak – that you observed?”
Kathy Westmoreland: “It’s the biggest one. It’s the one.”
DL: “Do you recall Elvis asking, ‘What if the public turns against me because of the bodyguard book?’ ”
Kathy Westmoreland: “I think he did say something to that effect, but he knew that he couldn’t please everybody and he would be the first to tell you that. He cared about Lisa. Knowing that Lisa would believe it and be affected by it for the rest of her life – Elvis couldn’t have handled it. He’d have an instant heart attack.”