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Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him
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|I received an advance copy of the book 'Baby, Let's Play House - Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him' and have to report to you that it does NOT deserve reading as it contains lies about Elvis, unsubstantiated claims and allegations from unreliable sources such as Byron Raphael and Child Bride author Suzanne Finstad who is credited for 'fact checking chapters', which is a joke in itself. And totally uncalled for explicit discussion of very private matters. So for all those that have emailed me in the past months saying we should not be reporting on her book, you were correct! It is such a shame, but this book is trash, Alanna's Trash.
Based on exclusive interviews with the many women who knew him in various roles - lover, sweetheart, friend, co-star, and family member - veteran music writer Alanna Nash's fascinating new book explores Presley's love affairs with, among others, Ann-Margret, Linda Thompson, Sheila Ryan Caan, June Juanico, Barbara Leigh, Joyce Bova, and Cybill Shepherd, as well as his friendships with actresses Raquel Welch, Barbara Eden, Mary Ann Mobley, Yvonne Craig, and Celeste Yarnall. The book also spotlights important early girlfriends (Regis Wilson, Carolyn Bradshaw, Wanda Jackson, and Barbara Hearn) and the women who dared turn him down (Cher, Petula Clark, Karen Carpenter, and Tanya Tucker).
Alanna Nash presents Elvis in a new light: a charming but wounded Lothario who bedded scores of women but seemed unable to maintain a lasting romantic and sexual relationship. His problems, rooted first in the death, at birth, of his twin brother and his unhealthily close relationship with his mother, and later in his reliance on prescription drugs, drove him to channel much of his emotional and sexual energy into his performances which defined the erotic dreams of his generation. While fully exploring the most famous romantic idol of the twentieth century, 'Baby, Let's Play House' pulls back the covers on what Elvis really wanted in a woman, and was tragically never able to find.
In 'Baby, Let's Play House', Alanna Nash: Offers the most comprehensive female viewpoint of the life and career of Elvis Presley, through interviews with Elvis' girlfriends, lovers, and co-stars, as well as female family members, record company executives, and platonic friends.
Examines how both the death of Elvis' twin, and the extremely close bond he shared with his mother, set him up for remarkably close, yet ultimately doomed relationships with women.
Presents, in a bombshell of reporting, never-before-published legal information about Priscilla Presley's lawsuit against Currie Grant, the man who introduced her to Elvis. Grant challenged the fairytale myth Priscilla cultivated; he has claimed that Priscilla (at fourteen) set out to meet, bed, and marry Elvis, and he dispels the myth of Priscilla as the virgin bride. His claims were met with Priscilla's allegations that Grant tried to force himself on her. Nash examines both sides of the story and the subsequent legal settlement.
Dispels a number of myths, including the story that Elvis would never been intimate with a woman who had born a child.
Includes recently discovered letters from the 1938 prison file of Vernon Presley, Elvis' father, including one from Gladys Presley, who pleads for Vernon's early release ('I have a little boy three years old. Please send [my husband] home to his wife and baby'.)
Examines the two categories into which Elvis separated his women: the girls at home (virginal innocents to be protected and molded into his ideal of young womanhood), and the girls on the road (sexually eager fans, showgirls, and strippers).
Packed with 70 photographs, many of which have never before been seen by the public, 'Baby, Let's Play House' is a stunning, intimate look into the hidden thrills, fears and needs of the most iconic performer in rock n' roll. Advance reader's copies will be available in the coming weeks; please be in touch if you are interested in receiving a galley.
About the Author
Winner of the 2004 Country Music Association Media Achievement Award, Alanna Nash is the author of six books, including The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley (winner of the 2004 Belmont Award for the best book in music), Dolly: The Biography, Behind Closed Doors: Talking With The Legends Of Country Music, and Elvis and the Memphis Mafia. She also co-edited Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America, for which she won another Belmont Award.
She has written about music for such publications as Vanity Fair, People, The New York Times, USA Weekend, TV Guide, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, Ladies Home Journal, and Reader's Digest, where she was a contributing editor from 2004 to 2008. Nash, whom Esquire magazine named one of the 'Heavy 100 of Country Music', was the first journalist to see Elvis Presley in his casket. She lives in Louisville, KY.
Interviews by Alanna Nash
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Articles by Alanna Nash
Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him by Alanna Nash - Elvis Presley Book