When the Hardcover came out a few years ago, it was unfortunately timed with a book about the December 6 Sun Records Million Dollar Quartet Book.
I had glanced through both at the same time, and while the Elvis pictures in the Adams book were new, I opted for the more music journalism one.
I recently ordered the Linda Thompson, long awaited Elvis romance, unfortunately inter-twinned with the Jenner/Kardasian Block App, eh? and Canada’s David Foster. She was married to him for 19 years, more than the other 2 combined. Plus, she won a grammy for songwriting.
Anyway, this expanded paperback oversized edition of The Rebel and the King.
It was smaller than I expected given the size of the hardcover.
The image quality is exceptionally poor and there are a pitiful number in the book, compared the photos taken by Nick Adams – and the matter of the film footage he took of Elvis at the Tupelo concert.
Anyway. it was limited to the 1956 year of Nick Adams’ diary.
Focussing on the Nathalie Wood publicity date and the Tupelo Homecoming concert – and nothing less than a sentimental testimonial to the Goodness of Elvis. Including that knowing Elvis had made Nick a better person.
It was a sentimental essay by Nick Adams, who also wrote for gossip and more lurid magazines about his hollywood scene.
It was a more touching story about a daughter coming to grips with her Father, his desperation for fame and how close he came to it.
That he was a capable actor, who went from bit parts to supporting roles, fell from movies to television, then, the Oscar Incident and his final career of Japanese Schlock Horror – which naturally are cult classics.
Nick Adams died of a drug overdose within days of the birth of Lisa Marie to Elvis and Priscilla.
Anyway, the book is low quality printing with spelling errors, and even the cover is a lower quality image than the hardcover.
Recommended for: a very sentimental and unique view into the Audubon Drive Memphis, the home the teenager bought for his parents.
Before becoming too famous and moving out of the City to the estate known as Graceland.
Only, to have the City of Memphis, expand to enclose Graceland.
Elvis Presley Boulevard….
When I was in Memphis in 1987: this was one of the photographs available for a dollar at all the shops across the street from Graceland.