I know this is a bl forum but i want to investigate goldmans work further because of his controversial bl article. In this book, goldman drew on more than four years research into elvis presleys life. We personally assess every books quality and offer rare, outofprint treasures. Elvis albert goldman paperback book avon printing 1982 vg. What an interesting book albert goldman is two hands above the best author among a slew of elvis biographies and autobiographies that ive recently read by his friends, musicians, housekeepers, lovers, and memphis mafia. From the very first chapter of goldmans book, elvis goldman spells it out pretty clearly what his slant is. Albert goldman, one of the foremost chroniclers of american popular culture, was born in americas heartland, at dormont, pennsylvania in 1927 and was reared in. Its a pity that elvis, the first serious biography of the late and for some reason widely lamented elvis presley, is marred by serious flaws, for albert goldman has otherwise done a commendable. Aug 08, 2017 one hour with albert goldman best selling biographer of elvis and john lennon mack. His biographies of first elvis, then john lennon, have been spit on by the best and worst critics on both sides of the atlantic. As far as i know, all the stuff in the elvis book is factually accurate. Im boning up for a book of my own on elvis and the memphis racquetball mafia. I own his lives of john lennon book and have a lot of trouble reading it sometimes. If elvis presley rests in peace, albert goldman gets no credit.
Mar 30, 1994 albert goldman, the author of noholdsbarred biographies of lenny bruce, elvis presley and john lennon, died on monday while traveling from miami to london, where he was to take part in a. Elvis and the memphis mafia thoroughly deserves its reputation as one of the best ever books written about the king. Goldman wrote about the culture and personalities of the american music industry both in books and as a contributor to magazines. Previous posters re goldman s antipathy towards blacks, southerners, popculture etc. But for many fans and some critics, his research was undermined by his intense personal dislike of presley. I have heard about albert goldmans 1981 book elvis for years. Goldman spent 5 years researching tracking down the people most willing to trash talk elvis because he wanted to write something more lurid than the bodyguard book. The first definitive biography that attempted to explain elviss schizophrenic mastery of gospel music, rock and roll and decadent excess.
Elvis,john lennon and albert goldman steve hoffman music. Goldman died of a heart attack on an airplane in 1994. Sympathy for the devil a kind word for albert goldman albert harry goldman is inarguably the most controversial music biographer of the last generation. Elvis by goldman, albert paperback book the fast free shipping. A look at albert goldmans book about john lennon, duration. Goldman, who lived in new york, died monday as he traveled from. Albert goldmans muck raking biography published in 1981 still rankles elvis lovers. When i read the first book, simply titled elvis, i thought, goldmans a little crass, but he does present a case. Goldmans 1981 biography elvis was much more controversial. Elvis book by albert goldman half price books marketplace.
The first definitive biography that attempted to explain elvis s schizophrenic mastery of gospel music, rock and roll and decadent excess. Agent kevin eggers brought fike together with albert goldman, a fiftyfouryearold pop critic and former college professor. Nov 27, 2007 goldman said, yeah, that it made perfect sense to infer that john was a homosexual due to that. Reliable information about the coronavirus covid19 is available from the world health organization current situation, international travel. Granted the kings life when examined under a scope was bound to be pretty odd compared to some. Elvis presley, the paragon of cool or of something, whose motto was taking care of business, who turned. Elvis by albert goldman hardback, 1981 for sale online ebay. The problem with the book though, is goldman s attitude. Goldmans elvis book was derived from solid research, especially about the colonel.
With lowbrow hero elvis, you see, goldman is clearly on the outside looking into sneer and deride, to debunk the elvis myth which is surely a straw man by now, to deplore the squandered potential, even to revel in the degradations. From the very first chapter of goldman s book, elvis goldman spells it out pretty clearly what his slant is. Anita appearance arrived audience beatles became began binder blue bob neal called career charlie hodge colonel parker couple debra paget demanded dollars door dressing room drugs elvis presley elvis s entertainer eyes face fact famous fans father favorite film finally girls gladys gladyss gospel graceland guitar guys hair hand hank snow. Elvis, albert goldman, book club associates, 1982, hardcover. Albert goldman, whose pitiless biographies of elvis presley and john lennon infuriated their fans, is dead of a heart attack at 66. As far as i know, it was the first publication that dealt with the colonels background as an illegal immigrant and consequent fear of leaving the us, and it shed light on many of his poor management decisions. Fans squawk and sales soar as albert goldman steps on elvis. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Reissued to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive account of elviss final hours alive. Jul 16, 2018 i have heard about albert goldmans 1981 book elvis for years. That wasnt a big deal but goldmans article are in the world because of his work on elvis, john lennon etc.
Its the archetypal rags to riches to rot story, writer albert goldman said as advance copies of his life magazine cover story were released to the media. Reissued to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive account of elvis s final hours alive. Previous posters re goldmans antipathy towards blacks, southerners, popculture etc. Were it not for the money behind the book and the consciousness of the book that money has produced, goldmans elvis would be little more than a 598page attempt to prove that albert goldman is better than elvis presley, just as goldmans earlier ladies and gentlemen, lenny bruce was a 555page attempt to prove that albert goldman was. Albert goldman penthouse magazine april 1991 republished in the doors companion 1997. Having said that, i have no idea why he used his talents to repeatedly bash elvis presley. The first was a lecture at the 92nd street y where he praised jim morrison, who wasnt dead yet, and made fun of otis redding.
His contempt for elvis is dripping from every page. Goldmans biography of lenny bruce succeeded largely because he wrote it so much from inside bruces world. The first was a lecture at the 92nd street y where he praised jim morrison, who wasnt dead yet, and made fun of otis redding, who was the second was in a courthouse in new. It starts by telling about elvis childhood, and moving to his teenage years. I went back and forth on whether i should read it or not, but in the end i decided to read it since i want to read every book about elvis the bad, the good, the untrue. The elvis book didnt bother me too much except when he criticized the music. Elvis by albert goldman meet your next favorite book.
Elvis,john lennon and albert goldman page 3 steve hoffman. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. It shows how a country boy rose up and ruled the world of music, and also showed his downfall. Elvis was always a wholesome country boy no matter if people considered him leud, or. When i read the first book, simply titled elvis, i thought, goldman s a little crass, but he does present a case. Goldman s 1981 biography elvis was much more controversial. Goldman went on to write a similarly received biography of john lennon in 1988. Albert goldman, one of the foremost chroniclers of american popular culture, was born in americas heartland, at dormont, pennsylvania in 1927 and was reared in mt.
According to rolling stone, october 21, 1981, elvis is a poignant book, the result of goldmans winning the trust and confidence of hundreds of sources, including many of elvis closest friends. Albert goldman is two hands above the best author among a slew of elvis biographies and autobiographies that ive recently read by his friends, musicians, housekeepers, lovers, and memphis mafia. More information about this seller contact this seller 19. Albert goldman, biographer, is dead at 66 the new york times. With albert goldman dead gone to his reward 66, heart attack, no survivors, im free at long last to pay him the respects he deserves. Elvis presley, biography, popular culture, albert goldman, singers, rock and roll, sonny west, priscilla ann beaulieu presley, colonel thomas andrew parker, memphis mafia, lamar fike, joe esposito. The essence of elvis presley the man was not pride by selfloathing, not compassion but callous indifference, not rebellion and defiance but hypocrisy and submission. Albert goldman may have been wrong about elvis music he doesnt like rock and roll very much, and he says so but he was absolutely right about the man. I recall three personal encounters with goldman in the 60s. Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff. Goldmans book is a hitjob, but its a testament to how immense a figure lennon was in our culture in 1988. Elvis by goldman, albert hardback book the fast free shipping. To me, the lives of john lennon isnt really a music bioits closer to the anticlinton or antihillary or antibush books that are printed.
Albert goldman was notorious for writing in that manner towards his subjects. Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. See all books authored by albert goldman, including the lives of john lennon, and elvis, and more on. Elvis,john lennon and albert goldman steve hoffman music forums. Fans squawk and sales soar as albert goldman steps on. He is best known for his bestselling book on lenny bruce and his controversial biographies of elvis presley and john lennon. Elvis by albert goldman hardback, 1981 for sale online. When lamar fike, for many years a member of the memphis mafia, elvis presleys stable of paid friends and gofers, decided to sell his story, he spawned a small industry.
Albert goldman, the author of noholdsbarred biographies of lenny bruce, elvis presley and john lennon, died on monday while traveling from miami to london, where he was to take part in a. Jun 16, 2018 were it not for the money behind the book and the consciousness of the book that money has produced, goldmans elvis would be little more than a 598page attempt to prove that albert goldman is better than elvis presley, just as goldmans earlier ladies and gentlemen, lenny bruce was a 555page attempt to prove that albert goldman was. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Elvis presley, the paragon of cool or of something, whose motto was taking care of. Sympathy for the devil a kind word for albert goldman. One hour with albert goldman best selling biographer of. Elvis by albert goldman is a book about the life and times of the king of rock and roll. Illuminates the man and the myth, the life and the times of the king of the age of rock. It is also an intimate look at a side of elvis that few even suspected existed. Central weekend live albert goldman vs elvis fans 1991. Elvis what happened and the stanley s elvis we love you tender and deceiving lamar fike. He is the controversial author of elvis, the iconoclastic bestseller that strips away the myths and reveals shocking details of. Marianne faithfull has recently admitted her then boyfriend supplied the heroin that killed him.
Goldman s biography of lenny bruce succeeded largely because he wrote it so much from inside bruces world. Albert goldman books list of books by author albert goldman. Accessories such as cd, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included. Elvis by goldman, albert and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Albert goldman posted on november 20, 2016 by dykewriter albert goldman was a poison pen researcher, and was a gay man who wrote as an entertainment critic. Check out the new look and enjoy easier access to your favorite features. I have to admit, hate or loath him, he does his research well. Albert harry goldman april 15, 1927 march 28, 1994 was an american academic and author. Nov 27, 2007 as for the sleaze particularly the stuff about elvis s sexual proclivities and drug use i find it kind of fascinating. Possible ex library copy, with all the markingsstickers of that library.
Elvis has 5 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. I did not find the 585 page book as horrible as i thought i would. Search for library items search for lists search for contacts search for a library. The repair shop a make do and mend handbook by karen farrington 9781785944604.536 1457 1431 825 1210 512 979 10 1239 1514 841 1291 474 373 565 952 765 156 879 1026 1319 1336 533 190 135 1467 30 409 792 1331 187 411 195 629 231 1257 1100 864 176 1037 1030 432 788 918 512 396 81