A monumental oral biography filled with raucous joy, aching loss
and terrible poignancy, Elvis & the Memphis Mafia is the first
book to capture the King - the man and the phenomenon - in his full
complexity. Through revealing interviews with three of Elvis's
closest friends, who were also his protectors and rescuers, Nash
achieves the first true mapping of Elvis's psyche. Billy Smith -
Elvis's first cousin and the person he reputedly loved most after
his own mother - Marty Lacker - best man at his wedding and foreman
of the 'Memphis Mafia', the King's handpicked group of gatekeepers
and confidants - and Lamar Fike - the touring crew member who
accompanied him into the Army - were with Elvis from his teens to
his final days and provide unique access to the greatest of all
rock and roll legends. The revelations cut through every aspect of
Elvis's life, from the childhood seeds of his drug dependency,
through his fear for his mother's life and his plan to change his
identity, to his bizarre self-mutilation. No one who reads this
symphonic blending of three proud, ribald, sad and ultimately
wistful voices can fail to be profoundly moved.
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