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by Dirk VELLENGA

  • ISBN: 0246134593
  • Category: Photo and Art
  • Author: Dirk VELLENGA
  • Subcategory: Music
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Grafton Books; 1st ed. edition (1989)
  • Pages: 288 pages
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  • Rating: 4.2
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Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker were associated in the public mind like Laurel and Hardy, although a more . Vellenga is a Dutch journalist; Farren, an American, is a freelance writer

Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker were associated in the public mind like Laurel and Hardy, although a more accurate pairing would have been Svengali and Trilby, as the authors demonstrate. Intriguingly, the colonel, who projected an image as American as apple pie, was foreign - born (in 1909): a Dutchman named Andreas van Kuijk, he served in the . peacetime army but never became a citizen. Vellenga is a Dutch journalist; Farren, an American, is a freelance writer. From Library Journal.

Elvis And The Colonel book. Who was the man behind Elvis? He claimed to be a West Virginia native called Colonel Tom Parker, who in fact was an illegal immigrant from Holland

Elvis And The Colonel book. Who was the man behind Elvis? He claimed to be a West Virginia native called Colonel Tom Parker, who in fact was an illegal immigrant from Holland. Here is the shocking, true story of the man who created, exploited, and some say, destroyed Elvis Presley. 16 pages of photos, many never before published.

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Presley was treated like a money-making machine, kept isolated from friends, and well supplied with drugs.

In characteristic fashion, Parker elbowed out that partner as he signed Elvis; the rest is history-but not the accepted variety, for Vellenga disputes the usual image of Parker as a managerial genius to depict him as . .

In characteristic fashion, Parker elbowed out that partner as he signed Elvis; the rest is history-but not the accepted variety, for Vellenga disputes the usual image of Parker as a managerial genius to depict him as a gambling-obsessed megalomaniac who treated his employees, including Elvis, like chattel and whose perpetual lunge for the easy buck ruined Elvis' career. In this acidic biography, Dutch er Vallenga clips Col. Tom Parker of his eagle's wings to reveal a parasitical huckster who sucked life and money from the King of rock-and-roll. "The old man is sitting on his patio,"" begins Vellanga. Each month we recycle over . million books, saving over 12,500 tonnes of books a year from going straight into landfill sites. All of our paper waste is recycled and turned into corrugated cardboard. Read full description. Elvis and The Colonel by Dirk Vellenga Mick Farren.

And for anyone truly interested in the performer many consider the greatest and most influential of the twentieth century, it is impossible to understand how Elvis came to be such a phenomenon without examining the life and mind of Parker, the man who virtually controlled Elvis's every move.


Reviews about Elvis and the Colonel (5):
Simple fellow
The colonel- A great promoter and showman. I can think of only two men who might be his equal, P.T. Barnum and the late film producer Mike Todd. All three men had carnival backgrounds and very little formal education, but all were rich in street smarts, with a gift to gab.
Flower
Col. Parker was a mystery, at least to me. How was it that that old geezer was the manager of the hottest Rock and Roll star of the century? It was pretty clear that he was a Svengali to Elvis, but how did he do it?

This short book answers those questions. The authors show how Parker grew from a carnival hustler to a successful country music promoter. Parker lacked any sentiment about people. He just up and left his family in Holland. He treated his staff and Elvis with disdain. He had no qualms about self dealing. In this he shows the marks of childhood adaptation to abuse, for which the authors present some evidence. He had one "wife" (may not have been legally married) whom he met before Elvis, and whom he saw little, but with whom he stayed with thoughout his life.

When he saw Elvis, he saw gold. He used his then business partner, Eddie Arnold, to help lure Elvis, and then cut him out. As he grew and Elvis grew, he cleverly cut Elvis out as well. The authors note how Parker's fast dealing style carnival aesthetic effected Elvis, holding back his art and his career.

While the book is not footnoted, it is convincing. The author's minimize Elvis's role in allowing this to happen. I would have liked more analysis on symbiotics of the Parker-Presley relationship and it's effect on Elvis's style. For instance, in the end, the authors say Parker had the gold suit that Elvis hated wearing. I didn't know Elvis hated that (famous) suit... It's a real carnival type thing. How much of the Elvis signature style was Parker and how much Presley?
Bremar
To the degree possible, the author has reconstructed the life of Colonel Tom Parker, probably the most notorious personal manager in show business history. Beginning with his childhood in Holland, the factors that shaped the Colonel's character are unfolded in a plausible, well presented manner - no easy task on a man who could suddenly disappear without leaving a forwarding address.
A listing of Elvis's recording sessions from 1954 through 1977 is provided at the end of the book. An index is also provided.
Xellerlu
You get a pretty good idea of what Tom Parker's life was like, because Vellenga interviewed so many people that knew Parker & Elvis.
I was very curious because I manage an Elvis Tribute Band, of how they worked together and I learned alot from their mistakes. I don't think the author liked the Colonel too much but you can tell he put alot of research into it & I'm glad he wrote the book.
You also get alot of insight into show business.
Before I read the book I thought the Colonel was maybe someone special or a superb businessman to have been so successful, but after reading it, it showed me he wasn't all that great of a manager, not keeping Elvis's best interests at heart. One example of this is he made songwriters share their profits with him thus eliminating alot of very good songwriters. "Suspicious Minds" was an exception to this. Elvis could have had alot more great songs if the Colonel hadn't been so greedy.
But their were some good things he did too, the concerts & especially Aloha from Hawaii, which was videotaped & similcast. I also liked the documentary movie "That's the Way it is" about Elvis & the NBC Special.
I think there was some kind of karmic bond between the Colonel & Elvis. Elvis said it best, "We're caught in a trap, I can't walk out, because I love you too much, baby."
Hatе&love
I am skeptical about any books on "the real story" but the author has also done extraordinary homework and interviews with other big name artists who have had the unfortunate experience of working with this manipulating, controlling, greedy manager Tom Parker.
Backed by evidence - it's a hard book to read as he treated his clients like garbage and didn't care what the artist wanted.
The crap he pulled with all the Presley's is shocking and if you read the true facts backed by Nashville big name artists- it wasn't just Elvis that he brought down as only the Colonel could. I don't do reviews much but I do Recommend this book. His fans have a right to know.

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