Christmas with Elvis Hardcover – Oct 1999
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Christmas with Elvis
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I have to admit that this is the "BEST" Elvis publication to date.
The photos are beautiful, touching, warm, and holiday-oriented and the information is fantastic.
A great package all the way around from cover, to size, to quality. This was money well spent!
Jim Curtin (who I have found to be the top author on Elvis books along with his writer Renata Ginter), is truly top of the line in his publications.
I did notice that Curtin's books lack the fabrications that ALL other Elvis books have. No BS in his books and what a relief!
It is quite nice to sit down and read something nice on Elvis for a change, rather than have to put up with made-up stories and information about his sex life, his drug addictions, his death, his fetishes. God let the man rest in peace.
My request is to have all the publishers publish books ONLY by Jim Curtin and Renata Ginter from now on.
Just imagine, no more bad Elvis book would be ever pushed on the public again! That would be Elvis heaven!
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I think that is important, as there are over 200 books already on the King - and most are BAD. Maybe it's me, or maybe I am just sick and tired of the dead beat so-called Elvis authorities, who have no connection, or history with Elvis, other than to make a quick buck. Jim is unlike those people. I think he would rather do something great, as this book is, and do it for the fans. I can tell he is an avid fan of Elvis, just through how he makes his books.
Did anyone ever notice that he does not include photos of Elvis where he looks ill? Or write about the bad habits, or drugs? Right there that lets me know that Jim is class and not in it for the almighty dollar.
Well about this particular book. simply said: this book is absolutely marvelous! A simple idea - yet never done until now. A collection of everything Xmas - everything Elvis. One of my all time favorites!
Well, hot damn tamale! The pictures in this book are it. As a homegrown scholar of Presleyana, I can attest that many of them HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE and offer as much insight as Guralnik's books. In this case, the pictures tell a thousand words.
As for the text, well, it's another example of the barrel-scraping trivia that's flooded the market ("In 1974... during the energy crisis Elvis did not "light up" Graceland..."), but it has been edited expertly, and positioned unobtrusively enough as not to distract from the presleyriffic picture presentation.
All in all, the pubisher did a commendable job. It's not a highfalutin art book, but it ain't one of those cheapies, either.
This is a coffeetable book for the average American coffeetable. I will pull it out and dust it off every Christmas, to share with my rockin' friends-- if only to look at all the great photos.
As the King might sing:
"Warden threw a Christmas party
in the county jail
The prison band was reading,
a new book on sale
'Christmas with Elvis'
is the name of the book
If you wanna get your Christmas kicks
you oughta take a look!
Let's look at the pictures!"
For some reason this book was not sold outright in the main bookstores.
My first initial reaction to this book, once I flipped through it, was:
too bad: some of the printing is not high quality.
But hey, once I looked through the book and read some of the stories, my second reaction took over:
wow the contents are really nice!
as an Elvis fan, I loved the collectibles and as a result I bought another copy off the net.
one is for my library and the holidays and the other I use as a collectible guide.
This is a GOOD book (a real good one) and its done by someone I really didn't know anything about, nor had I heard of him.
But I did do a check on him, once I liked his book, and he did 6 other books on Elvis.
I will see if this man, who proclaims to be the world's foremost Elvis expert, is the real thing, or another self proclaimer like the "fantastic four" (Lichter, Dowling, Tunzi, Guralnick/Jorgensen)
A hint though: from what I see in this book, this man may actually be the REAL DEAL!
he has quality and intregrity.
Some of you may remember me from my other review on the Unknown Stories book, so I am back again with a review for this one.
No I did not sit inside the store this time reading this book, nor that Fact Odyssey book, I immediately bought them after work and drove home to read them.
I have to say I have only one other book of Jim's (UNSEEN ELVIS), and I thought that was the best book made to date, but this one is better. At first I thought it would be another fake Christmas book, as was that other one made by those fans, which was BAD. But Jim surprised me once again. This one is full of ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS! Elvis photos, Elvis stories, Elvis collectibles, all relating to Christmas. It made me wonder why there hasn't been a Christmas book published on Elvis yet after all these years. But I guess that was Jim's job! And he did a magnificent job to boot!
A beautiful hardback, a beautiful concept. This book is full of love, respect, admiration and nothing but goodness. I can tell that Jim loved Elvis and vice versa. That Author's Christmas chapter alone is a piece of work.
Only Elvis! Only Jim Curtin!
Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays, but never had a connection of Elvis and Christmas crossed my mind, other than playing his music. So I was surprised to see this book in the stores and offered on the net. I immediately bought it, and let me say this: this book is by far worth the money.
What a neat collection of Christmas collectibles, photos and stories. All perfectly selected and all with a reason.
This is really a drop-dead gorgeous publication.
Just another winner from Jim Curtin!
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