Elvis Music FAQ
Elvis Music FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About the King’s Recorded Works
by Mike Eder
foreword by Lee Dawson, host of Elvis Express Radio
Available October 2013
For many people, the name Elvis Presley conjures up the famous smirk and a sense of nostalgia for times gone by, unavoidably tempered by the more sordid details of Presley’s life. Elvis was and is an icon, a larger-than-life figure, and the voice of an era. Most importantly, he was a driven artist: one who even at his most compromised managed to put a little bit of his soul into everything he did.
Elvis Music FAQ (Backbeat Books, Oct. 2013, $24.99) by Mike Eder chronicles the trajectory of the King’s musical career, with a look at his pioneering original record label Sun, insight into his management, a summation of each Presley concert tour, and a full review of every record he ever issued. Eder goes back to Elvis’ first albums to reveal the pure intent of his musical vision. Readers will get a fresh perspective on old albums and rediscover the impact of Elvis’ creative genius. Casual Elvis fans may be surprised at just how many genres of music were included in his work—gospel, country, pop ballads, and of course, rock and roll.
Instead of dealing with lightweight trivia and speculation, Elvis Music FAQ gets to the heart of why records recorded six decades ago still have such a grip on the world’s imagination. His songs aren’t just one aspect of his storied career—they encompass who Elvis was as a person and as a performer in equal measure. Containing dozens of rare images, this book sheds light on America’s fascination with the King.
Mike Eder is a writer and vinyl record aficionado, specializing in the music of the fifties, sixties, and seventies. His work has led to reviews and interviews for newspapers such as the Washington Post and websites such as Examiner.com. An Elvis fan since age six, he has written for over a dozen Presley publications. Other subjects Eder has covered include the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the First Edition, and the Three Stooges. Most recently he has been contributing to Erik Lorentzen’s seminal series of books and magazines, the Elvis Files. He and his wife, Debra, live in Naperville, Illinois. He is available for interview.
Oct. 15, 2013
6“ x 9”
Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group