April 21, 2018

Thoughts on Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Released in America only, on HBO. The above film clip is a promo put together by this author using clips from the documentary.)

Bicycle Rider: just see what you’ve done

There are seven basic types of story: The Quest; Rags to Rich...

October 15, 2017

The true saga of "Heartbreak Hotel" is not necessarily the only question mark pertaining to the career of Elvis Presley, and long-term students were thrilled recently to learn of the solving of another small but fascinating mystery.

When the young Elvis P...

March 14, 2017

Apart from the obvious human tragedy of Presley's early death, there is also a great sadness that the creative world was deprived of his memories and personal stories. We'll never know what it felt like to be the most famous person on the planet from the age of just 21...

August 16, 2016

Elvis Presley died thirty-nine years ago today but the money keeps rolling in.

Presley earned vast sums of money durIng his lifetime, and his estate has earned much, much more since 1977. His music and his movies continune to sell, regardless of quality, which was very...

July 17, 2016

Much to my surprise, the esteemed Rolling Stone music magazine has published an article by noted Canadian researcher Randy Boswell which crosses over with a small part of my book and reveals the identities of three key characters within my work.

Boswell's report does gi...

June 23, 2016

A recurring theme of the book "Walk A Lonely Street" is the relationship between politics and show business and it should come as no surprise to learn that there is a page devoted to Presley's much-discussed meeting with Richard Nixon.

In December 1970, at the very peak...

April 13, 2016

Few things in life were as important to "Heartbreak Hotel" co-composer Mae Boren Axton as the concept of Family. A recurring theme of the book is the way in which the Borens and the Axtons impacted upon her life. Her mother, her father, her husband, and one of her brot...

March 26, 2016

A constant theme of the forthcoming book is the fragile nature of inspiration versus theft, and one of the prime examples of this is the furore over Elvis' version of "Hound Dog".

 

For decades, uninformed critics have proclaimed that Elvis stole Big Mama Thornton's hit...

February 14, 2016

On 24th April 1993, the BBC broadcast a new TV documentary produced by their Arena arts team, entitled "Tales of Rock 'n' Roll: Heartbreak Hotel".

 

It was the first episode in a series of programmes looking at the stories-behind-the-songs, examining the origins of sever...

January 25, 2016

Summer 1953

706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee

 

On a hot Saturday in the summer of 1953, Sam Phillips was out of the office, leaving Marion Keisker to manage the studio. She wasn’t running professional sessions, you understand, but if anyone came in to make a personal...

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