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Elvis and the Memphis Mafia

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  240 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A monumental oral biography filled with raucous joy, aching loss and terrible poignancy, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia is the first book to capture the King – the man and the phenomenon – in his full complexity. Through revealing interviews with three of Elvis’s closest friends, who were also his protectors and rescuers, Nash achieves the first true mapping of Elvis’s psyc ...more
Paperback, 806 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Aurum Press Ltd (first published May 1995)
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Oct 14, 2012 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like just about any other book written about a famous person, be prepared to learn about the person behind the public image. Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes it's bad, and there is about an equal amount of each in this book. The whole thing about the drugs is finally put into a proper perspective, but you also get to see that the bad effects of the drugs had been dealt with for a much longer period of time than the public realized.

I also don't think that so much of Elvis's sex life
Mar 10, 2013 Gayle rated it liked it
Never meet your heroes as they say! Although I really enjoyed this book and its insight into the life of Elvis and his entourage, I must admit that my romantic idyllic image of Elvis has been well and truly destroyed although I will always love his music (and films). He comes across as a very mixed-up individual who faced challenges all his life. It shows how the drug taking started really early on so his untimely death was perhaps inevitable. I certainly have changed my impression of the relati ...more
May 03, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
There's a ton of material here-but it's intriguing from beginning to end. I've read a lot of Elvis "stuff" but I can't believe how little I actually knew about his crazy tragic life. Here are three people who were on the inside for his whole career, spilling their guts for the sake of people knowing the true story. And it's a crazy one…
Steve Pritchard
Dec 05, 2016 Steve Pritchard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant read

I have read many of these books but this the what seems like the first one on Elvis that tells the truth warts n Al. Wow good read
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall during Elvis Presley's career? This book gives you that opportunity.

Good an interesting read done in the an interview style that is becoming more and more popular with non-fiction books. This seemed to be a good look at the life of Elvis Presley by three guys who knew him the best before he became the King of Rock and Roll and were with him off and on until his death on August 16, 1977.

This book is written in a way that
Cosmic Dwellings
Probably the most definitive and truthful portrayal of Presley the human being via interviews/discussions with three of his 'Memphis Mafia' friends/employees - Lamar Fike, Marty Lacker and Billy Smith. The latter here is also Elvis' first cousin. Author Alanna Nash brilliantly presents an emotional roller-coaster from three different perspectives, and Mr. Smith does an excellent job in correcting anecdotes or tales which may appear a little far-fetched or sensationalized. However, there are grea ...more
Jul 24, 2009 Selina rated it really liked it
This book is an extremley detailed oral history by three members of the Elvis' Memphis Mafia, the bunch of cronies/hangers on/buddies Elvis always kept near him. I was fascinated by it, and came away feeling quite sorry for the folks caught up in Elvis world. Not the brightest bunch, many certainly had a love-hate relationship with the King - where unswerving loyalty is everything. These guys were practically married to Elvis. A lot of it is shocking, disturbing, even masochistic. Some of it is ...more
Yadira Sanchez
Jan 16, 2015 Yadira Sanchez rated it it was amazing
This book is by far the best Elvis autobiography I've read. Not only does it reveal the real man behind the music, but it also tells countless personal stories in his lifetime. I believe the main purpose of the book was to tell his fans that Elvis was human just like everyone else. He made mistakes,and his fame and fortune was something he struggled to fully get used to. There is no doubt, however, that he had a great talent in the music business. The Mafia men have a really humorous attitude wh ...more
Jul 30, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Gave 4 stars due to the work the author put in. If you are a casual Elvis fan and want insight, then definitely worth the read, but a lot of pages you skim over. If you love Elvis and need detail then this is for you. Main thing that came across was all these Memphis Mafia who cared; didn't step in when a friend should, despite their protests to the contrary, largely sycophants. Listen to Ringo's comments when Beatles met Elvis on Beatles Anthology. Keep that in mind.
Dec 07, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
Read this if you've ever thought it would be cool to be famous. Poor Elvis, everywhere he turned people wanted something from him and he had no inner peace to turn to whatsoever. His friends all say they tried to help but it looks like they were helping themselves to Elvis's lifestyle. Dead at 42--what a horrible way to go. Ultimately, every individual is responsible for what they put into their bodies and who they allow into their lives.
Just joined Goodreads and was searching. I'm a Big Time Elvis Presley fan so was looking at books written about Elvis. How could any True Elvis Fan be interested in this book when a quick glance at the title your turned off reading it when the author writes Aron with 2 "A's". Makes you wonder how much the writer really knows about The King. Very touchy subject for me and I'm sure for any fan that loves Elvis Presley. Don't mean to offend anyone or the writer. Thanks
Caryn Rose
Mar 02, 2015 Caryn Rose rated it really liked it
My dirty little secret is that I have read pretty much the majority of Elvis tell-all books over the years. So as part of preparing for a trip to Memphis this summer, I felt like I needed to read something I hadn't read. This is basically over 800 pages of oral history from the Memphis Mafia. It does a good job of tying all the other gossip in the other tell-all books together. I found it endlessly fascinating, and equally depressing. But I am so ready to visit Graceland now.
Jan 28, 2014 Snailes rated it it was amazing
A very concise account of Elvis Presley's life and career, albeit with a lot of trivia and gossip. The authoress is biased because she has been fascinated with Elvis since her early childhood, and critical adoration can be felt throughout the entire book. She managed to get insights with family and friends aka the infamous Memphis Mafia. A lot is speculation, but for anybody being really interested in the life and times of the Kind of Rockn`Roll this is definitely a book to go for. ...more
emily cress
Aug 09, 2008 emily cress rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really freaking interesting. More gossip and "inside story" than other third person bios I have read. For instance did you know that Elvis and Joe Stalin appreared facing each other in the clouds above Las Vegas according to the eyewitness of about 300 people? Ok Im lying.. about 14 people. But I believe it. Read the book. You will too.
Mar 07, 2013 Dominic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The best book I ever read from Elvis' inner circle. I liked the different perspectives given throughout the chronological timeline. Many things are disturbing to hear but I believe the guys were being honest with the fans. I'm a huge Elvis fan and I loved the guy even more after reading this. Great inside stories that you'll never find anywhere else.
Melissa Brothers
This is done in the narrative style, which I like. It had lots of info on Elvis that I didn't know.
Cheryl Jewhurst
Mar 06, 2013 Cheryl Jewhurst rated it did not like it
Alanna Nash is hack writer with absolutely no writing skills. There are plenty of other BETTER books about Elvis to read. Don't waste your time with this one.
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