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Today marks the beginning of “Elvis Week” (August 9- 17), an occasion to celebrate Elvis Presley’s extraordinary talent and cultural influence, which coincides with the anniversary of his untimely death in 1977. If you’d like to commemorate “The King of Rock N’ Roll” yourself, here are some Elvis-themed music, books, and films you can check out using your Livingston Library card. (And don’t forget, you can catch our free screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis at the library this Sunday, August 13th starting at 1:30 PM!)

Music

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Elvis

This 70-track compilation includes dozens of The King’s greatest hits, like “All Shook Up,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “That’s All Right, Mama,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”

Books

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life by Ray Connolly

A fresh look at the twentieth-century icon who fundamentally transformed American culture, a veteran rock journalist explores the extravagance and irrationality inherent in the Elvis mythology, offering a thoughtful celebration of an immortal life. (Description provided by the publisher)

Elvis and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley (also available as an audiobook)

The New York Times bestseller that reveals the intimate story of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, told by the woman who lived it. Decades after his death, millions of fans continue to worship Elvis the legend. But very few knew him as Elvis the man. Here in her own words, Priscilla Presley tells the story of their love, revealing the details of their first meeting, their marriage, their affairs, their divorce, and the unbreakable bond that has remained long after his tragic death. A tribute to both the man and the legend, Elvis and Me gives Elvis fans the world over an unprecedented look at the true life of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll and the woman who loved him. (Description provided by the publisher)

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Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia by Alanna Nash

A monumental oral biography, Elvis Aaron Presley is the first book to capture Elvis Presley – the man and the phenomenon – in his full complexity. It is is the product of more than five years of interviews with the three individuals who knew him best: Billy Smith – Elvis’s first cousin and the person Elvis reputedly loved most after his own mother; Marty Lacker – the best man at Elvis’s wedding and foreman of the famed “Memphis Mafia,” the handpicked group of gatekeepers and confidants who formed Presley’s entourage; and Lamar Fike – touring crew member, and the man who accompanied Elvis to his army posting in Germany. Together, these three were with Elvis from his teens to his last day on earth, and the story they have to tell – most of it never before on the record – is as complete a psychological portrait of the pop icon as we’re ever likely to get. (Description provided by the publisher)

The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by Alanna Nash

Digging exhaustively into the past, this biography shows that Colonel Tom Parker was a certified psychopath and Elvis Presley was only one of his unwitting victims. The Colonel brings this fascinating story to light in full detail. (Description provided by the publisher)

Baby, Let’s Play House by Alanna Nash

The first-ever Elvis book to focus solely on his complex relationships with women, including celebrities such as Ann-Margret, Linda Thompson, Mary Ann Mobley, Cher, Raquel Welch, Barbara Eden, and Cybill Shepherd. Featuring dozens of exclusive interviews and scores of never-before-seen photos, Baby, Let’s Play House is a must-have collector’s item for fans of The King everywhere. (Description provided by the publisher)

Film

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Elvis – 2022, directed by Baz Luhrmann

An epic, big-screen spectacle from visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. (Synopsis provided by the studio)

Elvis ’56 – 1987, directed by Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond

The definitive film about Elvis Presley in his breakthrough year: 1956. Full of performance clips from TV and public appearances, Elvis performs the songs that made him famous. Narrated by The Band’s Levon Helm. Including iconic photos by the photographer who toured with Elvis that year (Al Wertheimer) who captured many intimate moments from this one year. (Description provided by Hoopla)

G.I. Blues – 1960, directed by Norman Taurog

Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life-a singin’ G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis, he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. (Description provided by Hoopla)

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Blue Hawaii – 1961, directed by Norman Taurog

The year was 1961. Fallout shelters dot suburban backyards. Ken joins Barbie. Roger Maris slugs 61 home runs. And Elvis Presley is in paradise, playing an ex-G.I. who comes home to Blue Hawaii. His mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to climb the corporate ladder. But Elvis would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar, so he goes to work as a tour guide. Lucky Elvis: his first customers are a carful of cuties. Elvis, lovely scenery, lovelier girls and rock-a-hula songs – now that’s paradise! (Description provided by Hoopla)

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King – 2015, directed by Jeanie Finlay

August 16, 1977. America was stunned by the news of Elvis Presley’s death. Some went so far as to believe that it couldn’t be true. That fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. First appearing in 1979, Orion recorded 11 albums and performed live to packed houses and rapturous fans around the nation. Orion is a stylish mystery story that finally gives a name and a face to a gifted artist who had been unjustly deprived of both. (Description by Kanopy)

The King: The Rise and Fall of Elvis Presley – 2017, directed by Eugene Jarecki

Driving a Rolls-Royce once owned by Elvis Presley – with a revolving crew of musicians in the backseat – director Eugene Jarecki embarks on a cross-country road trip to explore how Elvis lost his authenticity as America lost its soul. Nominated for the Golden Eye Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival. (Description by Kanopy)

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