Baby, Lets Play House (Hardback)
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Baby, Lets Play House (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 25/03/2010
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Elvis Presley re-made popular music - blowing away the polite, buttoned-up crooners by harnessing the feral sexual energy of black blues. The result was rock & roll - and "Elvis the Pelvis"'s provocative hip-shaking, the unbridled sexuality of his performances, scandalised America and Britain (and saw him only filmed above the waist to preserve good taste). But what of Elvis's own relationships with women - from his complicated and morbidly close relationship with his mother to his youthful sexual hyper-activity and his unsuccessful marriage? How far did they determine and affect his music? And what would the women who starred in movies with him, or who saw him at close quarters, or even became intimate with him - what are their memories of and insights into the real Elvis? Alanna Nash's book is the first to focus on Elvis and the most central aspect of his music and performances: sexuality - the thing that made him what he was and not Pat Boone. The revelations are often shocking, sometimes amazing, always fascinating. Alanna Nash's books on Elvis are characterised by their immense research and thoroughness, and their desire to soberly and responsibly get at the truth. This new book presents the most important side of Elvis, and the most overlooked. Alanna Nash is the author of several acclaimed books about Elvis and his circle, including Elvis and the Memphis Mafia and The Colonel, both published by Aurum. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Publisher: Aurum Press
ISBN: 9781845135119
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Brilliant. . . . Bloody good read." -- Uncut (on THE COLONEL)
"No one knows American country music better than Alanna Nash. No one is such an indefatigable researcher and writer." -- Louisville Courier Journal (on THE COLONEL)
"A compelling look at an amazing American saga." -- The Fort Worth Star Telegram (on THE COLONEL)
"Addictively readable. . . . A riveting rock and roll mystery." -- People (on THE COLONEL)
"A commendably temperate and serious treatment of a story that could have tempted a lesser writer to sensationalism. . . . Nash tells in unprecedented and meticulous detail the full story of Parker's real history and his audacious posing." -- New York Review of Books (on THE COLONEL)
"Using the cunning of a detective and the straightforward prose of a journalist, Nash, to the delight of Elvis lovers everywhere, answers some lingering questions while posing a few new ones about the man who made the King and then stole his crown." -- Publishers Weekly (on THE COLONEL)
"Splendid. . . . Though the relationship between Elvis and his crooked manager has been examined so many times it is a familiar story, Nash constructs it so well it reads like a freshly conjured thriller." -- Seattle Times (on THE COLONEL)
By far the best study of Elvis Presley I have read. The King emerges more clearly from this mosaic of his troubled love life than from any linear biography to date.Impressively researched, written--and felt. --Philip Norman, New York Times bestselling author of John Lennon and Shout!
The most comprehensive work ever on how the women in Presley s life influenced him and his music. --New York Newsday
A frank and fascinating portrait of an essentially lonely man...[told] with grace and intelligence...The work of a master. --Louisville Courier Journal
In this astounding look at the King s unstoppable pursuit of women from his elementary school days until his untimely death at 42, hundreds of girls and women pass through the revolving doors of Elvis love life. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution
An exhaustive and penetrating work that functions as an intimate personal profile, a family study and a psychosexual investigation of one of the 20th century s true cultural icons. --Memphis Commercial Appeal
Deliciously gossipy but never mean, revealingly intimate but never leering, Baby, Let s Play House is a masterwork of psycho-sexual history neatly disguised as celebrity journalism. --David Hajdu, author of Positively 4th Street, music critic for The New Republic, and professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism David Hajdu, author of Positively 4th Street, music critic for The New Republic, and professor at Co
What s left to say about Elvis? Plenty, if Alanna Nash is on the case. She rips the satin sheets right off the King, resulting in the most entertaining Elvis book ever. Ann-Margret! Raquel Welch! Barbara Eden! Tura Satana! This is very funny book. --Jimmy McDonough, New York Times bestselling author of Shakey: Neil Young's Biography
Alanna Nash meticulously documents and explores all the relationships Elvis had with women that were extremely special, as Ann-Margret so delightfully (and euphemistically) phrases it. I was delighted to see my stepmother, June Carter, make an appearance, as she always became uncharacteristically silent when Elvis name came up in conversation. Nash belongs in the pantheon of great music writers, and this book is a fascinating study--Rosanne Cash
Alanna Nash turns her eye toward The King s other women in a psychological history ...Among those who loved him tender - Ann-Margret and Cybill Shepherd. Those who turned him down include Cher and Karen Carpenter. And of course, there s plenty on the No. 1 woman in his life - Mom Gladys Presley. --New York Post
If anything, Baby, Let s Play House heightens the heartbreaking aspects of Presley s life. --Los Angeles Times
A major new contribution to Presley lore...[Alanna Nash s] focus on Presley s relationships with women takes us on a long and often fascinating journey...It s a welcome and well-crafted addition to our understanding of his strange, triumphant and tragic life. --The Globe and Mail
Un-put-downabble. --Jezebel.com
Alanna Nash s long look at Elvis bizarre history with women...collect[s] all the madness, badness and sadness of the Elvis myth in one exhaustive and embarrassingly tempting volume. --New York Times
New girls slip between [Elvis ] satin sheets on nearly every page...Combine that with an absorbing snapshot section, and [Baby, Let s Play House] will leave you all shook up. --BettyConfidential.com
"A major new contribution to Presley lore...[Alanna Nash's] focus on Presley's relationships with women takes us on a long and often fascinating journey...It's a welcome and well-crafted addition to our understanding of his strange, triumphant and tragic life."--The Globe and Mail
"The most comprehensive work ever on how the women in Presley's life...influenced him and his music."--New York Newsday
"Alanna Nash...turns her eye toward The King's other women in a psychological history ...Among those who loved him tender - Ann-Margret and Cybill Shepherd. Those who turned him down include Cher and Karen Carpenter. And of course, there's plenty on the No. 1 woman in his life - Mom Gladys Presley."--New York Post
"New girls slip between [Elvis'] satin sheets on nearly every page...Combine that with an absorbing snapshot section, and [Baby, Let's Play House] will leave you all shook up."--BettyConfidential.com
"Alanna Nash's long look at Elvis' bizarre history with women...collect[s] all the madness, badness and sadness of the Elvis myth in one exhaustive and embarrassingly tempting volume."--New York Times
"A frank and fascinating portrait of an essentially lonely man...[told] with grace and intelligence...The work of a master."--Louisville Courier Journal
"If anything, Baby, Let's Play House heightens the heartbreaking aspects of Presley's life."--Los Angeles Times
"An exhaustive and penetrating work that functions as an intimate personal profile, a family study and a psychosexual investigation of one of the 20th century's true cultural icons."--Memphis Commercial Appeal
"By far the best study of Elvis Presley I have read. 'The King' emerges more clearly from this mosaic of his troubled love life than from any linear biography to date.Impressively researched, written--and felt."--Philip Norman, New York Times bestselling author of John Lennon and Shout!
"Deliciously gossipy but never mean, revealingly intimate but never leering, Baby, Let's Play House is a masterwork of psycho-sexual history neatly disguised as celebrity journalism."--David Hajdu, author of Positively 4th Street, music critic for The New Republic, and professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism David Hajdu, author of Positively 4th Street, music critic for The New Republic, and professor at Co
"What's left to say about Elvis? Plenty, if Alanna Nash is on the case. She rips the satin sheets right off the King, resulting in the most entertaining Elvis book ever. Ann-Margret! Raquel Welch! Barbara Eden! Tura Satana! This is very funny book."--Jimmy McDonough, New York Times bestselling author of Shakey: Neil Young's Biography
"In this astounding look at the King's unstoppable pursuit of women from his elementary school days until his untimely death at 42, hundreds of girls and women pass through the revolving doors of Elvis' love life."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Un-put-downabble."--Jezebel.com
"Alanna Nash meticulously documents and explores all the relationships Elvis had with women that were 'extremely special, ' as Ann-Margret so delightfully (and euphemistically) phrases it. I was delighted to see my stepmother, June Carter, make an appearance, as she always became uncharacteristically silent when Elvis' name came up in conversation. Nash belongs in the pantheon of great music writers, and this book is a fascinating study--Rosanne Cash

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