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Elvis: Before He Was King

January 28, 2009 | Book

On eBay a new book showed up

Elvis: Before He Was King is a brand new book, detailing the teenage years of Elvis Presley. The author is Gene Myracle. The book is based on stories told to him by Paul Dougher. Here are the specifics:

  • paperback book
  • 206 pages
  • book measures 5" x 8"

About the content:

Elvis: Before He Was King offers a firsthand account of the life of a young Elvis Presley. The book begins in 1949 when the Presley family moved into the Lauderdale Courts, a Memphis Housing Authority complex in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis was fourteen years old at the time.

On his second day in the Courts, Elvis met Paul Dougher who lived in the same building. Paul and Elvis formed an immediate friendship that lasted until Elvis’ death.

In the book, Paul shares stories that reveal a unique portrait of Elvis during his teenage years. He includes details of many boyhood experiences that formed the basis of their lifelong friendship.

The book also touches on the isolation Elvis felt once he reached a level of success that would be unmatched by any other entertainer. It offers insight into the despair and loneliness surrounding Elvis toward the end of his life.

In the final few chapters, Paul offers his personal thoughts on the events and actions that contributed to the untimely death of his friend--a man with one of the greatest voices the world has ever heard.

Hans Otto wrote on January 28, 2009
Great book!! By the way; Paul Dougher is the guy with the white jacket pictured next to Elvis, second from right.
mholdr wrote on January 28, 2009
wow, that's a great photo I've never seen before. Nice!
Nilson Rego wrote on January 28, 2009
Finally something new and really interesting! I Would love to hear Gene and Klein together, at a report, schedule or workshop of memories in Memphis! Nice to hear from you, Gene.
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on January 30, 2009
Sounds like a nice book, but I can't find it on eBay. Anyone have more information about this book, and where to buy it?
Ruthie wrote on January 30, 2009
Hopefully, the author of this book or Mr. Dougher reads Elvisnews.com & will let us know where we can purchase this book other than on Ebay. Certainly, the publisher would want it available in stores.
benny scott wrote on January 30, 2009
Think this could be an interesting book, but can't find it on eBay either . A Belgian fanclub announced yesterday on their website that the book shortly will be available in their shop. Always El.
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on January 30, 2009
Good news! There is a website for the book, under the author's name. He evidently is publishing this book.
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on January 30, 2009
I don't know if I can say this or not, but the website is Myracle Publishing. I just ordered a copy of this book.
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on March 12, 2009
I just finished reading this wonderful book. I laughed, I cried, I felt like I was right there when it was all happening. Many of the stories are funny and SO ELVIS!