Cover Art Elvis Presley

Here is the cover art of the 192 pages book “Elvis presley” by Bobbi Ann Mason from Penguin Books which is due for release August 2007 (ISBN: 0143038893) . Synopsis: "Written by fellow Southerner Mason (In Country; Clear Springs), this abbreviated biography suffers fromthe series' length limitation but makes up for it by hitting the significant points. Mason credits Elvis with inventing rock and youth culture and "[puncturing] the balloon of 1950s serenity and conformity." She posits that the result of his stint in the army "was to erase his rock-and-roll rebel image and turn him into a mainstream all-American boy next door," and that in 1969, after almost a decade spent making bad films, "he was genuinely invigorated by making good music again. " It's when Mason offers her insight into Southern culture that the biography turns superficial, like her attempt to contextualize the bloated figure of the drug-addled singer's late years by noting that "in the deep-fried South, his shape was a familiar sight, typical of his age group." On the other hand, she does intrigue, stating that Elvis "was innocently authentic, but he craved the inauthentic, as country people, who are so close-uncomfortably close-to what is starkly real, often do." Unfortunately, Mason doesn't have the room to explain because she has to get back to zooming through the rest of Elvis's life before her space is up. As such, this intro to Elvis will be useful, but is still no substitute for Peter Guralnick's definitive two-volume biography (Last Train to Memphis, Careless Love), which Mason praises in her acknowledgments along with many other sources."
Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Updated: May 8, 2007 
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Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on May 9, 2007report abuse
I suppose I shouldn't comment since the book isn't out, but I do want to say that no book is perfect & she may be superficial at times according to the reviewer. However, if this book is anything like her first book, that will be easy to overlook. In her first book she points out the problems facing Elvis (or anyone for that matter) bearing the scars of being raised in a southern poor culture who suddenly finds himself enormously famous & wealthy. And she does it in an informative manner without trashing him, unlike Guralnik. But, that's another subject!

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