A brand new hardcover book entitled "Elvis - The Final Performance", which documents Elvis' final show in Indianapolis on June 26th 1977 has been released by Eternal Flame Productions.
According to the update this is the ultimate book on the subject and it covers every aspect of the show itself. Also, there are many additional shots of Elvis' last tour with a special 'Sundial' section. There are 140+ photos. This lavish 100-page, full-colour book is designed by the guys that bought out the very popular "Images" book, which sold out very quickly.
must be eerie to flickr through this one after the vegas 69 book
Yep I am pretty errie at 47 yoa compared to when I was in my prime also at 35. Why dont everyone else take a look at themselves through the years of pictures with thier pot bellies and puffy eyes.
I hear you on that... I think it's great to document this show, although I'm sort of being over-come with picture books of late! I wonder how much I'll return to them! But some of them, be it the great '69 book by Ken Sharp I'll be getting or maybe even this, are totally valid given Elvis' historical importance. It is enough to wear out even the most committed fan!
It's always a pleasure to read Greg's comments ! They're always straight to the point and always make a lot of sense . Yes, the Vegas '69 book and this one, "The Final performance ", are important , given the historical value. Always El.
As you alll may know Im not a fan of 2 phases of Elvis' career, the 60's travelogue movies and his endless US tours after 1973. However, I may get this book only because of its historical content. Im not a 'pictures of Elvis' book person but rather enjoy a book when it focuses on something important or historic in his career. Although this is a sad book to me, it is historic and these were the last pictures ever of Elvis on stage.
I bought the 69 book & enjoyed it. I will not be buying this. The content will be too depressing. I don't buy the historical signifance factor. Too bad because books are about all I buy these days.
Maybe tigerpawl is in need of an extreme makeover!!
Sad, depressing, yes, no doubt it ... probably is. The fact that " it covers every aspect of the show itself " I think I would find it very interesting. I've always liked the 'Behind the scenes type thing'.
My SM days are long gone....
In some ways, this is the kind of thing I would like to show people who have a massively distorted idea of what Elvis ACTUALLY looked like near the end. We'll all admit the Elvis of 1977 was not the Elvis of '68 or '71 or even '73, but because of some horrible impersonators, Dread Zepplin, the movie Bubba Ho-Tep and cartoons, illustrations and very bad MTV music videos too numerous to mention, people think Elvis was truly morbidly obese, wore giant sunglasses on-stage and was generally a joke of some sort. And none of that is true. He wasn't the same slim guy he once was, but he really wasn't that overweight--not compared to the public perception or the caricature people think of now. I have heard people far fatter than Elvis ever was talk about "fat Elvis"--and these are people who wish they looked that good. Anyway, I will probably get this one, if I make it up to Graceland in January I'll pick it up at one of the stores there.
KingKreole, well said! I agree completely with your assesstment.
Like the oldscudder I bought the Elvis 69 book and enjoyed it immensely. This book? No way. It is historic if you want to see what Elvis looked like at his last concert. I dont need to or want to see these photos. The show was just another show in a long line of endless ginding tours which turned out to be his last. In many ways these tours put a huge toll on him and may have comtributed to his passing. I dont want to be reminded of it with pictures. The Elvis 69 book was about an event of gigantic importance at the time and Elvis at the top of his game You cant equate the two.
King Creole : right you are ! Very good comment ! Your statement is the truth and that's exactly how i think about it too . Always El.
King Creole, fully agree.
i agree with King Creole. right on! elvis had his good and bad days, and more good than the general public knows. i like the cover!
:evil: Don't buy this book .I n a weak moment way back in August i foolishly said 'yeah send me a copy of this book please'- i got surprisingly charged for it on wednesday 28th October and got the book yesterday (29th) Its a hardback book and as Francesc has said they raided his site for the newspaper reviews and most of the actual photos of the Indy show are in a REVOLTING Sepia type 'haze'! :( Sure if this was a book from 1880 photos, yes maybe. A lot of the CLEAR colour shots like with Elvis standing next to bobby Ogdens piano or throwing his guitar or singing HURT that i have seen full page and in colour before are simply NOT HERE! Other photos filling up the pages are from other 1977 shows such as 20/2/77,20/5/77,21/5/77,28/5/77,2/6/77,25/6/77, but Even in the 25/6/77 photos whilst they repeat the walking out of the Hotel pictures REAL Poignent pictures such as Elvis kneeling on stage edge in Cincininatti whilst a fan holds up a request for 'Help me make it through the night' arn't even featured!! many great pictures seen/known before that simply are NOT in the book Also the pre-amble about Elvis arriving at Indy is VERY poorly covered. All in all i generously rate this book a 4/10 and suggest you may wish(as I wish) that i'd spent my money better paying a utility bill or a FTD in the furure. poor effort despite being hardback and decent paper quality, does NOT make up for the lacking and not so well put together content. :|