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Up Close: Elvis Presley

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  10 reviews
For fans of the king, the newest installment to the Up Close biography series Elvis Presley made a sound so different it ushered in a new kind of music: rock and roll. He was able to combine gospel, honky-tonk, country and rhythm and blues to create a unique sound that crossed racial and cultural divides. Though he was incredibly popular, at heart, Elvis was a shy and poli ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published July 3rd 2008 by Puffin Books (first published 2007)
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My opinion on "Up Close Elvis Presley is ghat I think that Elvis was a hard working person that never gave up on his dreams. He also didn't care what other people think about him. He just wants to be him and not care what other people think and I think that is spontaneous. The writing was powerful because it told us readers that we can accomplish anything if we just put our mind to it. I would recommend this book to a classmate because this book will show them that hard work really does pay off. ...more
Steve Indig
My young daughter got this from the library for me since she knew I like Elvis. I've never read a comprehensive biography of the legend, and this seems a decent introduction, linking together many high points in his life that I was familiar with, and filling in many of the blanks, with lots of details that are new to me. It's organized well, and competently written. I don't know how well researched it may be and if there are major points that may be controversial - my guess is there may be. But ...more
Up Close: Elvis Presley (195 pages) by Wilborn Hampton is a biography that tells the story of a boy from a lower class family who had a dream he wanted to pursue. From reading this biography, I learned about the true story behind Elvis Presley and his rise to fame, a life story that I had never paid too much attention to. Everyone knows that Elvis Presley was an admired star, but Wilborn Hampton’s writing showed both the negative and positive sides to him. My opinions of Elvis kept going back an ...more
A very interesting book on the life of Elvis Presley that a lot of people might not know much about.

My sister has been obsessed with Elvis for as long as I can remember. I've learned little interesting bits about his life throughout the years, so I was really interested when I came across this book.

This book follows his life, from all the way back when he was little, all the way through to his funeral. I'm sure that some of it is a "he said, she said" but I enjoyed this little look into the his
Quick read. Informative without being gossipy or dramatic.
Gabe Sansone
i thought it portrayed elvis very well i learned he had an obsession with guns i didn't know about i like how it showed him from a child being odd and weird and said he didn't have a voice to make it from his music teacher and how his dad got put in jail and how these things affected especially growing up in a black neighborhood if anyone can tell me how he dressed i appreciate it i can't find it in the book i would love to imitated elvis how he dressed i know he liked the color pink
Efe Sahinol
Dear Ms. Dansky,
Elvis Presley was a very poor boy until high school, that's when he and his family moved to Memphis where they got their first apartment. Memphis was the city of opportunities and a good place to find a job. At the beginning they still had money problems but as the time went on they had no money problems anymore.Elvis was also happy of his new high school because in his old school kids and bullies always gained up on him and trashed his backpack and books.

Ideas this for school and it was packed with information, most if which I didn't know. Very easy to follow. Recommended for reports or if you wish to gain knowledge of the King of Rock and Roll.
This is a balanced, accessible, and highly readable biography of Elvis Presley for young teens. It fits the bill for both school assignments and for kids who have any interest in music history.
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WILBORN HAMPTON is the author of four books of nonfiction and one biography for Young Adults. In four decades as a reporter and editor for United Press International and The New York Times he helped cover some of the major news stories of the time. Now a full-time writer, he lives in New York.
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