Book Review – Elvis Presley: Caught in a Trap

THE KING: Forty year anniversary in August

by Spencer Leigh

PUBLISHED to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death on August 15, Spencer Leigh, the renowned music historian, biographer and radio broadcaster has written another masterful account of a legend of our age, full of the insight and humour that we have come to expect from his books.

Not content to just write a biography just concentrating on the life of Elvis Presley, Spencer takes the reader on an evocative journey of time and place. He delves into the history of America’s Deep South and discusses how music became an integral part of the location that was to be Elvis’ birthplace. His career was full of controversy and Elvis Presley:Caught in a Trap sorts the facts from fiction.

What separated him from his contemporaries, his bizarre relationship with his manager Colonel Parker, just how old was Priscilla when they first met, how did he reinvent himself for Las Vegas, did he have to die so young, and why does his legend endure? To answer these questions Spencer Leigh spoke to band members, songwriters, friends, fans and many people who worked with the King, and he examines the evidence with the scrutiny of a forensic scientist.


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