A profile of Elvis by his army companion, road manager, and personal confidante describes their whirlwind years of concerts, parties, women, and Hollywood, addressing previously unanswered questions about Presley's personal life and death. Reprint.
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Esposito may not tell all, but he comes close in this brutally honest, yet loyal, memoir of his days with the King. From when they met in the Army to the afternoon when he was one of the first to discover the dead body of Elvis Presley where he had collapsed from his toilet throne (Esposito was the one who raised his pajama trousers to avoid embarrassment), Presley's right-hand man was in a position to know the inside scoop. He and Oumano (Paul Newman, 1989) describe Elvis as being like a little boy who spent his wealth making himself and the people around him happy. The anecdotes are endless as this pivotal member of the ``Memphis Mafia'' comes clean on the partying Elvis's parade of girlfriends and his suitcase full of sexy videotapes and Polaroids of Priscilla (Esposito handed it to her the moment she arrived at Graceland for the funeral). Esposito tells of the Elvis who stopped passersby to give them money or gifts, who would decide suddenly that ten or so of his friends all needed Harleys to race around Bel Air, who would not flinch at buying a car for family or friends who were loyal to him, and who made an infamous visit to see President Nixon. But he also gives up the goods on the Elvis who was hopelessly self-indulgent, constantly demonstrating his dubious karate skills, buying people off with expensive gifts rather than admitting he was wrong, and finally dying a prisoner in his own bedroom, uninterested in facing new challenges and addicted to prescription drugs. Video rentals of Girls! Girls! Girls! are sure to surge so people can look for the scene in which Elvis sports an erection in his too-tight pants. While apologetic and loyalist at times, Esposito doesn't let the King off too easy. (16 pages of b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
In 1958, Esposito, an Italian kid from Chicago, met Elvis Presley, then in the army near Bad Nauheim, Germany. He struck up a friendship that lasted until he helped remove Elvis' body from the bathroom off the master bedroom at Graceland. Elvis' road manager and right-hand man (Elvis named his entourage the Memphis Mafia in honor of Esposito's heritage), Esposito exhibits real love and respect for the King as he tries to set the record straight rather than exploit the Elvis bio market. He makes few revelations (well, maybe the only movie appearance of "Little Elvis" is one: while shooting a dance scene in Girls! Girls! Girls!, Elvis became aroused; nobody noticed, and the scene ended up in the final cut). Esposito doesn't flinch, though, when recording Elvis' drug addictions, and he defends Dr. Nick, who prescribed massive quantities of drugs for Elvis. He catalogs Elvis' numerous girlfriends (Elvis was afraid to sleep alone, he writes, because of a chronic sleepwalking condition) but represents Elvis' sex life as only a bit peculiar. Ultimately, Esposito adds little to Elvis studies (so to speak). Still, his account will be essential reading for avid fans. Benjamin Segedin
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Descrizione libro Avon Books (Mm), 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110380726947
Descrizione libro Avon Books (Mm). PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0380726947 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0175665
Descrizione libro Avon Books (Mm), 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0380726947