An intimate portrait of young Elvis Presley's years in Germany as an American GI -- wiht hundreds of rare photographs and revelations from Elvis intimates
In September 1958, U.S. Army Private 53310761, Elvis Presley, sailed for Germany as part of the 3rd Armored Division. just twenty-three years old, he was, arguably, the most famous man on earth.
Nearly thirty years later Andreas Schröer, a German private eye fascinated by Elvis, spent seven years completing the awesome task of reconstructing Elvis's time in Germany. He tracked down Elvis's friends, acquaintances, and admirers-even a previously unknown German girl with whom Elvis had a secret relationship. Their stories, together with more than 270 rare photographs from their personal collections, are presented here.
Private Presley traces the story of Elvis's two years in the army: the trauma of his mother's death just three weeks before he left for Germany; the media circus of his arrival and the constant attention of the press during his stay; his first experiments with drugs; the girls with whom he was and was not involved; his early encounters with his future wife, Priscilla, who was just fourteen when they met; and his triumphant return to America.
Although the life of Elvis Presley was filled with controversy, it is widely acknowledged that his time in Germany was a crucial watershed in his career as well as in his private life. It is also the least documented period of his life, making Private Presley the only accurate study of the rock legend as soldier.
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Andreas Schröer a German private investigator, spent seven years compiling the photographs, background research, and firsthand interviews used in Private Presley. He was assisted in his writing by Allen Harbinson, the bestselling author of The Life and Death of Elvis Presley.From Booklist:
When you consider that it includes a CD of really early--like 1954--songs and chatter, this oh-god-another-Elvis-book (handsome, though) starts looking better. At least until you figure you're either going to have to have the little silver platter done up in its own container like the other CDs and circulated separately (with a notice on both it and the book that they are complementary and may be circulated together) or keep it in its little pocket in the back of the book and check that it's still there every time the book's returned. What a hassle. But if you have earnest Elvis fans among your clientele, you ought to know that the scads of well-reproduced pictures herein (lots of 'em endearing snapshots) will be as manna to those fans, who'll also like the anecdotal text. So even if your Elvis shelf is coming to rival those loaded with Lincoln and Shakespeare tomes, yeah, it's probably worth it. Ray Olson
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Book Description Dey Street Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60099429
Book Description Dey Street Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060099429