The Elvis Encyclopedia
The Elvis Encyclopedia - Adam Victor - Overlook [$65.00]
Perhaps this should be subtitled 'Elvis' Eternal Reach Beyond the Grave'. Sure, this is an impressive collection of facts and details about the boy from Tupelo -- from his love of Monty Python to his quotes about money to his first ride on an airplane – and it's replete with rare photos and an abundance of quotes from and about the man. But it also documents his wide-reaching influence in pop culture to this day. Elvis-themed restaurants, merchandise, movies (of course), and all the people, places, and industries his persona impacted are meticulously listed, here. You'll see an entry on homosexuality, another on Stax history, and so much more. This is an excellent historical resource and a pleasurable flip-through read. I can think of about, oh, a few million who would just die to have this book in their collection.