Published: August 2017
Renowned music historian, biographer and broadcaster Spencer Leigh has written another masterful account of a legend of our age, Elvis Presley. Not content to just write a biography purely focusing on the life of Elvis Presley, Spencer takes you on an evocative journey of time and place. He delves into the history of America's Deep South and discusses how music became an integral part of the location that was to be Elvis' birthplace. Elvis' career was full of controversy and Elvis Presley: Caught in a Trap sorts the facts from fiction. What separated him from his contemporaries, his bizarre relationship with his manager Colonel Parker, just how old was Priscilla when they first met, how did the reinvent himself for Las Vegas, did he have to die so young, and why does his legend endure? To answer these questions Spencer spoke to band members, songwriters, friends and fans of Elvis and many other people who worked with the King, and he examines the evidence with the scrutiny of a forensic scientist. Book jacket.