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That's Alright, Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis's First Guitarist and Manager, Scotty Moore

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When Elvis first showed up at the Sun Records studio, Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black were asked to work with him. With Elvis and Bill both dead, Scotty is the only one left to tell the story of how the trio changed popular music.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Schirmer Trade Books (first published July 1st 1997)
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Susie
Jan 07, 2011 Susie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Scotty Moore is one of the most important guitar players in rock and roll history. I've only recently become a pretty huge fan. This book was a great behind the scenes look at a legend. Not only is Scotty one of the greatest guitar players of our time, he's also a really nice guy. The book is honest and eye-opening, and definitely worth reading if you have any interest in rock and roll history or in Elvis' early years.
Pete daPixie
Jul 17, 2012 Pete daPixie rated it liked it
Shelves: poptastic, autobiogs
Published in 1997, updated in 2005, 'That's Alright, Elvis' takes us back to the epicentre of popular music in Memphis when Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys struck gold in Sam Phillips' Sun studio.
The man who really delivered rock n roll to the world was not Presley or Phillips but Moore. Scotty Moore was Elvis' manager, lead guitar and band leader when the sound hit back in 1954. His autobiography has a span of over seventy years, and the man is still twanging that Gibson today!
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Linda
Aug 29, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok
This story contains much more about Scotty Moore than Elvis. Overall, I had a hard time sticking with it because I didn't have much interest in Moore. The book does contain some interesting information about Elvis when he was still an unknown, and I found that portion of the book to be interesting.
Brijesh Kartha
Apr 25, 2013 Brijesh Kartha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It was a nice look into a musician who was an inspiration for a lot of people but lived within the shadow of an larger than life star.

The book gives a fair feel for Scotty's life and the early days are well explained. However as the title suggests the spectre of Elvis shines all over the book and, at least for me, it takes away from knowing Scotty and his music better.

Having said that I am glad I bought the book, for one does get a lot of detail of Scotty and a sense of the man behind the music
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Lars Hulshof
Apr 17, 2013 Lars Hulshof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wie de biografie van Scotty Moore wil lezen heeft ongetwijfeld al een goede basis over Elvis. Dit boek is een mooie aanvulling op wat er algemeen over Elvis bekend is, aan de hand van persoonlijke ervaringen van iemand de hem in de vroege jaren van zeer dichtbij heeft meegemaakt. Eerlijk over alle ups en downs maar zeker niet zuur. Wie alleen de Elvis periode wil lezen kan de laatste hoofdstukken overslaan.
Mooi tijdsbeeld ook van het leven van muzikant begin jaren vijftig in Memphis.
Bret Quinn
Jul 29, 2016 Bret Quinn rated it it was amazing
I'm a historian of that era of music, so this was a must-read for me. Thankfully, Moore goes into detail relating the days and weeks leading up to that magical July 4 night at Sun Studios in Memphis when Scotty, Elvis, and Bill Black stumbled onto a magical version of "That's All Right, Mama" between takes. His accounts of the interactions between Bill Black, Sam Phillips, Elvis, and himself are indispensable for students of the rockabilly genre.
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Jul 05, 2014 Frances rated it really liked it
I thought I knew everything about Elvis and was wrong. This book was a fast read and very interesting.
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