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Jerry Hopkins: Elvis – The Biography

Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, January 1972

THERE HAS never been an entertainer quite like Elvis Presley. His life and his contribution to rock 'n' roll have assumed such legendary proportions, which in turn have been shrouded in mystery by manager Colonel Tom Parker, to the point where it's impossible to imagine him as just another human being, with a personality, interests, and problems such as the rest of us share. Parker is one of the shrewdest public relations men in the business, and it's a safe bet that all the things we've heard about Elvis and what he's "really like" have been the hearsay exaggerations of his press releases.

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