New Sonny West Book 'Takin' Care Of Business'

According to Collectors Gold Sonny West has started work on a follow-up book to 'Elvis: What Happened?' with Marshall Terrill more than 25 years after the book was released. The book, co-authored with Red West and Dave Hebler, sold more than 4 Million copies and was considered the best-selling original paperback when it was released in 1977. The book drew much controversy because it blew the lid on Elvis Presley's abuse of prescription drugs while he was still alive. West has enlisted biographer Marshall Terrill to write his second book on Presley tentatively titled, 'Taking Care of Business.' Terrill is the author of seven books including the best-selling biography 'Steve McQueen: Portrait of An American Rebel' and his latest, 'Sergeant Presley: Our Untold Story of Elvis' Missing Years' with Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield." West said 'Elvis: What Happened?' covered mainly the years from 1970 to 1976 during Presley's downward spiral. The new book, he said, will cover his years with Elvis from 1960 to 1976, the aftermath of "Elvis: What Happened?" to his thoughts on Elvis today. West said the book will contain many stories that have never been told before, with many never seen before photos from West's personal collection and photos donated from the Russ Howe collection. West said the book is not a look back in anger, but a portrait of a man he claims was like a brother to him. "The first book was written as a challenge to Elvis," West said. "The second book is written out of love."
Source: ECG / Updated: Aug 21, 2002 
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