From his humble beginnings in Tupelo Mississippi, to his unprecedented reign as the world´s most heralded entertainer, here is Elvis Presley as he really was - an ambitious talented young man who startled a generation with his uncompromising musical presence. In these ultra-rare interviews, Elvis speaks out for the first time on a wide variety of subjects including his sudden rise to fame, the star studded trappings of success and his topsy-turvy personal life. Here is an important audiobook to be treasured by anyone who calls themselves a fan of ´´The King´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoffrey Giuliano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000503/bk_bigh_000503_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the history of rock ´n´ roll, only Elvis Aaron Presley can truly be called the King. It is a measure of his huge talent, his musical legacy, and his personality that years after his death, he is still remembered and revered by legions of fans around the world. Listen to never before released interviews with Elvis and the people who knew him best. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/ahld/000270/bk_ahld_000270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born in Mississippi, a young kid named Elvis Presley came to Memphis as a teenager and changed music forever. Fusing country and rhythm and blues with rock, Elvis brought traditional African-American sounds to the forefront of music in the 1950s, but he did so as a handsome white man before the height of the Civil Rights Movement. On top of that, his famous stage fright led to the hip gyrations that would make him the envy of young girls and the scorn of their parents. What followed was rock music´s perfect storm. Managed by Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis became the biggest music act in the world, producing about holiday classics, love ballads, and up-tempo rock songs that all hit the top of the charts in the late ´50s. Elvis merged the quintessential rock star looks with success, scoring nearly 20 #1 singles. With live broadcasts on TV appearances and movie roles, Elvis became a pop culture fixture and a music icon that made even The Beatles giddily nervous to meet him. Given the unprecedented success of his musical career, the last decade of Elvis´s life is a tragic tale of substance abuse, controversy, and an inevitable slide down from the top, as new music acts started to eclipse him. Despite all that, however, Elvis´ sudden death, like his meteoric rise to fame, shook the world, when he was found dead in his bathroom in 1977 at just 42 years old. Fittingly, Elvis has been just as big in death as he ever was in life. His fame never waned, and in 1982, portions of Graceland were opened to the public and it quickly became the third most visited home in the United States behind the White House and Biltmore. Elvis´ had a fervent following during his life, but it morphed into something borderline religious following his death. His fans, who remain tirelessly devoted decades after his passing, make pilgrimages to Graceland, treating it like a shrine. Legends of Music: The Life and Legacy of Elvis Presley chronicles the amazing story ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin McKay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034773/bk_acx0_034773_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Charles River Editors´ History for Kids series, your children can learn about history´s most important people and events in an easy, entertaining, and educational way. The concise but comprehensive book will keep your kid´s attention all the way to the end. Born in Mississippi, a young kid named Elvis Presley came to Memphis as a teenager and changed music forever. Fusing country and rhythm and blues with rock, Elvis brought traditional African-American sounds to the forefront of music in the 1950s, but he did so as a handsome white man before the height of the Civil Rights Movement. On top of that, his famous stage fright led to the hip gyrations that would make him the envy of young girls and the scorn of their parents. What followed was rock music´s perfect storm. Managed by Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis became the biggest music act in the world, producing holiday classics, love ballads, and up-tempo rock songs that all hit the top of the charts in the late ´50s. Elvis merged the quintessential rock star looks with success, scoring nearly 20 number-one singles. With live broadcasts on TV appearances and movie roles, Elvis became a pop culture fixture and a music icon that made even The Beatles giddily nervous to meet him. Given the unprecedented success of his musical career, the last decade of Elvis´s life is a tragic tale of substance abuse, controversy, and an inevitable slide down from the top, as new music acts started to eclipse him. Despite all that, however, Elvis´ sudden death, like his meteoric rise to fame, shook the world, when he was found dead in his bathroom in 1977 at just 42 years old. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Ceppos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052719/bk_acx0_052719_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the point of view of 2050, you´re history. Theological warfare. Elvis on an epic time-travel journey - the Presliad. Buddhavision - a network bigger than God (and more powerful, too). Nasty nuclear leftovers. Naughty sex habits. Dalai Dan (the 153rd reincarnation of the Lama of that ilk) and Barry, the talkative Time Sprout. Even with all this excitement, you wouldn´t think a backwater planet like Earth makes much of a splash in the galatic pond. But the soap opera called The Earthers is making big video bucks in the intergalactic ratings race. And alien TV execs know exactly what the old earth drama needs to make the off-world audience sit up and stare: a spectacular Armageddon-type finale. With a cast of millions - including you! Don’t touch that dial - it’s gonne be one helluva show… Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as ´The Master of Silliness´, and his publisher describes him as ‘The Master of Far Fetched Fiction’. He is the author of more than thirty novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he makes people laugh around the world. Robert loves going on tour, signing books for readers, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his ´air-ukulele´), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Rankin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014461/bk_adbl_014461_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records. The music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio, with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin´ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002325/bk_hach_002325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Relax! Because as the title of this groundbreaking new book from Thomas Bahler says: What You Want Wants You. Can it really be that simple? In these pages you´ll discover that it is literally effortless as Thomas shows you how completely natural it is to ignite your imagination, access your infallible intuition, and open yourself up to all the amazing possibilities and unlimited potential you already possess. Does it really work? You´ll hear the exciting stories of how it has worked, time and time again, for generation after generation of the Bahler family. And how it impacted the musical greats Thomas has worked with such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, and the immortal producer-to-the-stars Quincy Jones. Now it´s your turn to discover for yourself all the joyous freedom and all the incredible power that can be yours - simply by truly embracing the life-changing idea that What You Want Wants You. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Bähler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031622/bk_acx0_031622_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
People don´t just listen to Johnny Cash: they believe in him. But no one has told the Man in Black´s full story, until now. In Johnny Cash: The Life, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical icon, whose colourful career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to his remarkable, brave and deeply moving ´Hurt´ video, aged sixty-nine. As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life: he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed Cash and his wife June Carter for the final time just months before their deaths in 2003. Hilburn´s rich reporting shows the remarkable highs and deep lows that followed and haunted Cash in equal measure. A man of great faith and humbling addiction, Cash aimed for more than another hit for the jukebox; he wanted his music to lift people´s spirits. Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer´s inner circle, Hilburn creates an utterly compelling, deeply human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture - not only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock, whose personal life was far more troubled, and whose musical and lyrical artistry much more profound, than even his most devoted fans ever realised. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Pittard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000629/bk_orio_000629_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the time of Buddy Holly´s birth in 1936, in Lubbock Texas, rock music and its various hybrid genres were in early infancy. Signs of rock´s future magnitude would soon be seen in the sexual charisma of the young Elvis Presley, the rhythm and passion of Chuck Berry, the riveting musical dialogues of Little Richard, and the raw virtuosity of Jerry Lee Lewis. Even then, however, no one yet knew what a rock star really was, and who could become one. Viewed in that light, observers of the time must have thought it fantastical that a nerdy boy-next-door, wearing bow ties and thick, dark horn-rimmed glasses, would consider such a climb into the rarified air of the traditionally-accepted stage performer, with a charisma not to be found in daily life. Holly did not immediately seek out a niche to occupy, but studied, tweaked, experimented, and grew constantly in the areas of sound, arrangement, orchestration, unique lyrics and technology to become the ´´most progressive rock and roll star of the 50s.´´ He attracted an audience of kindred spirits with the affable ´´boy next door charm´´ to become ´´one of rock ´n´ roll´s founding fathers.´´ Along the way, he contributed his own gifts as a visionary, in the same way that Presley did, by conveying through his music, whatever the setting, ´´the wide-open spaces of Texas.´´ In addition, he altered the rock music industry in such a way that performing artists could also become self-arrangers and songwriters. Holly was, in fact, an artist whose career sustained itself almost entirely on original songs, an act of courage in the rock industry, and he has been singled out as one of the two greatest songwriters of his era, the other being Chuck Berry. While Holly is frequently given the credit he deserves, he is probably best remembered for the tragic plane crash that killed him when he was still just 22. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bobby Brill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035885/bk_acx0_035885_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even for the most ardent skeptic, it´s hard not to be curious about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maybe you´ve seen the hit musical comedy The Book of Mormon. Maybe you´ve heard about Holocaust victims and deceased celebrities like Elvis being posthumously baptized in Mormon churches. Or maybe you´ve come across some other belief or facet of the Mormon faith and can´t help but wonder whether the religion is actually as wild as it seems. Sure, the young Mormon missionaries who knock on your door with promises of a book that will change your life are happy to speak with you about their religion and provide their own answers. But if you accept their offer, you´ll likely be heavily recruited, repeatedly contacted, pressured to become a church member, and perhaps even told you´re going to be tortured in hell if you don´t accept their claims. Enter The Nonbeliever´s Guide to the Book of Mormon, which offers an easily accessible, entertaining introduction to Mormonism. For those with a curious but skeptical mind, it also provides a no-pressure, no-strings-attached way to learn about what´s contained in Mormonism´s sacred text, without the tedium of having to read the whole thing - or the risk of being pestered in this life (or the afterlife, for that matter). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rich Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082133/bk_acx0_082133_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.