PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Bobbie Ann Mason turns her acumen on one of twentieth-century America’s most mysterious icons, The King himself. This new biography eschews sensational speculation to paint a thoughtfully researched but wholly felt portrait of the man-child who metamorphosed into a hero, one of the most popular and least supported characters in American history. In 1955, at age 20, Elvis provoked his first near-riot when he sang at a baseball park in Jacksonville. Inspired by black gospel quartets and mentored by producer Sam Phillips, Elvis blended hillbilly music with rhythm and blues in a synthesis that defined a new direction for popular music. Mason’s book gets at the consciousness of the icon and of the cultural climate that made him one.
Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of The Girl in the Blue Beret, In Country, Shiloh and Other Stories, An Atomic Romance, Nancy Culpepper, and a memoir, Clear Springs. She is the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, two Southern Book… More about Bobbie Ann Mason
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Published by Random House Audio Sep 06, 2002| 360 Minutes| ISBN 9781415912232
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