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Fortunate Son: The Life of Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley was celebrity's perfect storm. His sole but substantial contribution was talent, a fact Charles L. Ponce de Leon is careful to demonstrate throughout his wonderfully contextual Fortunate Son. Even as the moments of lucidity necessary to exercise that talent grew rarer and rarer, Elvis proved his musical gifts right up to the end of his life. Beyond that, howe ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Hill and Wang (first published 2006)
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There's a reason the field is so crowded with Elvis literature -- there's truly a lot to tell and, perhaps more importantly, a nearly infinite number of lenses through which to study the man, his times, his fame, his life, addiction, etc.. So why, given the lack of original sourcing to be found here and the fact that this book reads like a really, really long undergraduate term paper, even bother writing it? If you're interested in Presley himself or rock history enough to pick up an Elvis biogr ...more
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