Saturday, April 07, 2007

Elvis Presley - Writing For The King

Boy, do we live in wonderful times. "Writing For The King" by Ken Sharp is an amazing book out of Europe that features interviews with 130 of the songwriters who supplied tunes for Elvis Presley, discussing their working method, the process of working with Elvis, and much more. Also in the book, two CDs -- one featuring a pile of live Elvis doing 23 of the songs in the book, and then a second disc with 26 of the original songwriter demos (!). Fascinating stuff, especially when you compare Presley's versions to the demos.

It's not cheap, Amazon lists it for $161.00, but their new/used dealers have it for around $100. Pricey indeed, but hey, it's a sweet slice of Presleyiana...

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