From photographer Thom Gilbert (Soul: Memphis' Original Sound) comes this unique visual history, an interplay of photographs and stories that reveal the private Elvis. Larger-than-life in talent, Elvis Presley was also legendarily charismatic, a man who left a deep and lasting impression on every person who knew him. 'Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis' is an all-access pass to the personal world of Elvis Presley, an intimate look at the culture he created and the legacy he left behind.
This stunningly photographed collection pairs personal anecdotes from 75 of Elvis's friends, fellow musicians, and fans, with portraits of the people whose lives he touched and the objects and artifacts he left behind. Rediscover the man behind the image through these photographs of the places he lived and recorded, the jewelry and clothing he wore, and even the gifts he chose for friends (plus, uniquely, items that were given to Elvis) and through reading first-hand accounts from those whose experienced his profound generosity. The forward is by Kim Novak. Thom Gilbert is an award-winning photographer. Thom's work has appeared in numerous publications, including New York Magazine, Interview, Gotham, and LA Confidential.