Elvis Films FAQ
Elvis Films FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About the King of Rock ’n’ Roll in Hollywood
by Paul Simpson
Available September 2013
The young Elvis Presley who was inspired by the sounds of blues singer Arthur Crudup is the same Elvis who, as a boy, watched and studied films starring Humphrey Bogart, Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando, and James Dean. All his life, he wanted to be an actor, but by the time he arrived in Hollywood, things were changing. In an age when many actors were free agents, selecting their own roles, Elvis was locked into a multi-picture contract with no approval of songs, scripts, or co-stars. The actors who inspired him, Brando and Dean, helped wreck the old Hollywood studio system. Elvis was a victim of Hollywood’s painful rebirth. The motion picture aspect of his phenomenal career is often misunderstood or overshadowed by his musical success, but if Elvis had not wanted to be a movie star, he would never have single-handedly revolutionized popular culture.
Elvis Films FAQ (Applause Books, Sept. 2013, $24.99) by Paul Simpson aims to tell you things about Elvis’s movies you don’t already know, explore controversies, and, where appropriate, send you back to the movies to watch them afresh. Elvis’s Hollywood years are full of mystery, and Elvis Films FAQ covers them all. Which of his own movies did he actually like? What films did he wish he could have made? Why didn’t he have an acting coach? When will Quentin Tarantino stop alluding to him in his movies? And was Clambake really the catalyst for his marriage to Priscilla?
Elvis Films FAQ explains everything you want to know about the whys and wherefores of the singer-actor’s bizarre celluloid odyssey; or, as Elvis said, “I saw the movie and I was the hero of the movie.”
Paul Simpson is the author of The Rough Guide to Elvis, 397 Ways to Pick a DVD, and The Rough Guide to Westerns. Simpson was the launch editor of soccer magazine FourFourTwo. He has edited magazines about design, management, and popular science. He now edits Champions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League. This is his 14th book, and after the publication of his first Elvis book, he was described as a “masterly analyst” by the Washington Post. He lives in Shepperton, UK.
Sept. 17, 2013
6“ x 9“
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group