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The Birth Of Rock And Roll

May 19, 2015 | Book

The Birth Of Rock And Roll is the title of a hardcover book by Chris Murray (Editor), Alfred Wertheimer (Photographer), Robert Santelli (Contributor) will be released in June.

'Elvis who?' was photographer Alfred Wertheimer's response when, in early 1956, an RCA Victor publicist asked him to photograph an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. Little did Wertheimer know that this would be the job of his life: just 21 years old, Elvis Presley was - as we now know - about to become a legend.

Trailing Presley like a shadow, Wertheimer took nearly 3,000 photographs of Presley that year, creating a penetrating portrait of a man poised on the brink of superstardom. Extraordinary in its intimacy and unparalleled in its scope, Wertheimer's Elvis project immortalized a young man in the very process of making history.

Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll collects Wertheimer's most remarkable Elvis shots from that magical year, along with a selection of his historic 1958 pictures of the star being shipped off to an army base in Germany. Each chapter is illustrated with a poster by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest letterpress print shops in America, which created many early Elvis posters in the 1950s.

Text in English, French, and German.

Source:Elvis Australia

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schemies wrote on May 19, 2015
This book is already out at amazon.de, received my copy last Wednesday. In my eyes it is not as good as "Elvis at 21", but has some different photos, too, and might be a good addition, but the most popular photos can be found in both books. For those who have no older versions of the Wertheimer photo books, this is a must.
Steve V wrote on May 20, 2015
Thanks for your review schemies. The burning question has been if this is essential if you have Elvis at 21. I think you have answered that.