Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

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He also downplays so many critical moments in his relationship with Elvis, such as the various times when he made the decision to leave Elvis's inner circle (as though this were just matter-of-fact). This is exactly how I pictured Jerry Schilling after finishing his book "Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley". In the fall of 1964, when I first went to work for Elvis after a decade of friendship with him, I was a few practice teaching credits shy of becoming a history teacher. Me and a Guy Named Elvis looks at Presley from a friend's perspective, offering readers the man rather than the icon-including insights into the creative frustrations that lead to Elvis's abuse of prescription medicine and his tragic death.

It just so happens that my subject of expertise is Elvis Presley, one of the most important figures of the 20th century and certainly the most remarkable man I've ever known. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to work for him as part of his ' Memphis Mafia', and Jerry soon found himself living with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his own room at Graceland.As Elvis signed autographs for their wives, it all came together for me… He would have ended up with some more enemies.

He was much more than a member of the Memphis Mafia, Jerry was the closest thing to a brother Elvis ever knew. Jerry offers never-before-told stories about life inside Elvis’s inner circle and an emotional recounting of the great times, hard times, and unique times he and Elvis shared. When Jerry left to pursue a career he wasn’t shut out the group like other former MM and Elvis actively encouraged and supported him.It is an account of two good-ole-boys from Memphis who begin their journey orchestrating touch football games, but end up touching each other's lives meaningfully even beyond the tragic death of the man known as the King. A man of great talents, but also a man who struggled mightily to find a balance in his life between his creative passions and the real-world challenges he constantly faced. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

A little long winded on the same subjects but you could tell the author really loved to tell these stories.Through the words of this book I grasped that Elvis began to loose his humanness because people talked to him like he was this super hero but he was just a guy that had major talent. Iz Schillingove knjige, Elvisa upoznajemo kao zapravo jednu vrlu jednostavnu osobu, koja je puno držala do svoje obitelji i obiteljskih vrijednosti, ali isto tako osobu koja je po meni bila pomalo bipolarna i prilično eksplozivna. It is a slow start, to be sure, and at times the reader starts to wonder if this is a book about Jerry Schilling or Elvis Presley.

Elvis worked incredibly hard to achieve what he did, and if my book accomplishes anything, I want it to remind people what a revolutionary force he was in kicking down barriers - between different kinds of music and between people of different races - and in opening up a whole new world of possibilities for us with the gift of rock and roll. Jerry tells his story of a young boy growing up poor with no real family before fate changed his life during one Sunday afternoon game of football-and he tells it with humility, honesty, and dignity. Had they been addressed, had they been more proactive, perhaps this would have had a different ending. Jerry offers never-before-told stories about life inside Elvis' inner circle and an emotional recounting of the great times, hard times, and unique times he and Elvis shared. He flew back to Memphis with other people from Elvis' group of people, and Priscilla to work on funeral arrangements and to be there with the family and friends of Elvis through the funeral and the days beyond.Me and a Guy Named Elvis looks at Presley from a friend's perspective, offering readers the man rather than the icon - including insights into the creative frustrations that lead to Elvis' abuse of prescription medicine and his tragic death.



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