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The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley

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A meticulously researched biography, this story profiles "The Colonel" Tom Parker, the man behind Elvis Presley, in a compelling new light. Filled with startling material found in never-before-seen documents, including Parker's army records, psychiatric evaluations, and police reports, this investigation challenges even the most familiar aspects of the Presley saga. Parker ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Chicago Review Press (first published 2003)
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Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alanna Nash has done her homework. Each paragraph is packed with info on this extraordinary man and his “work”. While there are some parts that could be improved, taken as a whole, this is a landmark presentation of “the Colonel” and his most important relationship.

The beginning is riveting. You learn of the lonely, abused, animal loving Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk who abruptly left Holland to begin a life in America. Nash describes his hand to mouth carnival career and how his huckster tricks in
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elvis
What a doozy. One of the finest Elvis-related books, up there with Guralnick and Schilling. I had tried to read this before and been put off by the writing in the first chapter, which deals with Parker's childhood in Holland. I ended up skipping around based on the years I was the most interested in making sense of, starting with the 1960s movies. It was well worth it. Even after reading 20-something other books on Elvis, I had no idea how much I didn't know about the Colonel. I had even read an ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, biog-autobiog
The tagline of this book suggests it's about the Colonel and Elvis but in honesty's more about the Colonel.
Being not wholly sold on the Elvis phenomenon I possibly enjoyed this more as Elvis came across as a supporting character in the story of the life of a manager who as an ex carny knew how to sell himself as much as his act.
Manipulative?...for sure..the stories of the Colonel playing on his dodgy heart to elicit support from his act almost cast Parker and Elvis as a proto Steptoe and S
Beth Newman
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly researched and well- written account of Colonel Tom Parker, his life, and his (mid)handling of Elvis Presley's career.

I believe the story of Elvis is truly one of the most tragic in entertainment history. After reading this account, he was nothing more than a naive country boy who placed his trust in a former carny with a shady past. Sure, Parker put Elvis on the map, but subsequent dealings left Elvis virtually broke at the time of his death.

I've read many books about The King, an
Durk Van der zee
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary story - well written and researched. Great answer to the question in how many countries Elvis performed in his lifetime
Jan 13, 2008 rated it liked it
What a creep! You should read this if you like Elvis, hate Elvis, or if you aren't old enough to remember Elvis faking his own death.
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