Child Bride

Author: Suzanne Finstad
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0307790517
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The myth-shattering account of the most famous and most taboo love story in rock-and-roll history Child Bride reveals the hidden story of rock icon Elvis Presley’s love affair with fourteen-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, the ninth-grader he wooed as a G.I. in Germany and cloistered at Graceland before marrying her to fulfill a promise to her starstruck parents. Award-winning biographer Suzanne Finstad perceptively pieces together the clues from candid interviews with all the Presley intimates—including Priscilla herself, along with hundreds of sources who have never before spoken publicly—to uncover the surprising truths behind the legend of Elvis and Priscilla, a tumultuous tale of sexual attraction and obsession, heartbreak and loss. Child Bride, the only major biography of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, unveils the controversial child-woman who evolved from a lonely and sexually precocious teenager kept by the King of Rock and Roll into a shrewd businesswoman in control of the multimillion-dollar Elvis Presley empire, a rags-to-riches saga of secrets and betrayals that began when Priscilla was only three years old. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Chaplin

Author: David Robinson
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257607911
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin jr. war ein britischer Komiker, Schauspieler, Regisseur, Drehbuchautor, Komponist und Produzent. Geboren am Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts, prägte er das Filmschaffen des 20. Jahrhunderts wie kaum ein Zweiter. Als Ikone des Stummfilms bleibt der kleine Mann mit Schnauz und Melone unvergessen. David Robinsons einzigartiges Monumentalwerk wird Chaplins Person und seinem Schaffen mit vielen Details und Hintergrundinformationen gerecht.

Elvis Presley

Author: Joel Williamson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199314942
Format: PDF, ePub
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In Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, one of the most admired Southern historians of our time takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time. The result is a masterpiece: a vivid, gripping biography, set against the rich backdrop of Southern society--indeed, American society--in the second half of the twentieth century. Author of The Crucible of Race and William Faulkner and Southern History, Joel Williamson is a renowned historian known for his inimitable and compelling narrative style. In this tour de force biography, he captures the drama of Presley's career set against the popular culture of the post-World War II South. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley was a contradiction, flamboyant in pegged black pants with pink stripes, yet soft-spoken, respectfully courting a decent girl from church. Then he wandered into Sun Records, and everything changed. "I was scared stiff," Elvis recalled about his first time performing on stage. "Everyone was hollering and I didn't know what they were hollering at." Girls did the hollering--at his snarl and swagger. Williamson calls it "the revolution of the Elvis girls." His fans lived in an intense moment, this generation raised by their mothers while their fathers were away at war, whose lives were transformed by an exodus from the countryside to Southern cities, a postwar culture of consumption, and a striving for upward mobility. They came of age in the era of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, which turned high schools into battlegrounds of race. Explosively, white girls went wild for a white man inspired by and singing black music while "wiggling" erotically. Elvis, Williamson argues, gave his female fans an opportunity to break free from straitlaced Southern society and express themselves sexually, if only for a few hours at a time. Rather than focusing on Elvis's music and the music industry, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life illuminates the zenith of his career, his period of deepest creativity, which captured a legion of fans and kept them fervently loyal for decades. Williamson shows how Elvis himself changed--and didn't. In the latter part of his career, when he performed regular gigs in Las Vegas and toured second-tier cities, he moved beyond the South to a national audience who had bought his albums and watched his movies. Yet the makeup of his fan base did not substantially change, nor did Elvis himself ever move up the Southern class ladder despite his wealth. Even as he aged and his life was cut short, he maintained his iconic status, becoming arguably larger in death than in life as droves of fans continue to pay homage to him at Graceland. Appreciative and unsparing, culturally attuned and socially revealing, Williamson's Elvis Presley will deepen our understanding of the man and his times.

Moonwalk

Author: Michael Jackson
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 364121887X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Der Superstar in SEINEN Worten - Michael Jacksons einzige und einzigartige Autobiografie "Ich habe mir immer gewünscht, Geschichten erzählen zu können, Geschichten, die aus meiner Seele kommen. Ich würde am liebsten an einem Feuer sitzen und Geschichten erzählen – meine Zuhörer dazu bringen, Bilder zu sehen, zu weinen und zu lachen, sie gefühlsmäßig irgendwohin zu entführen mit den so täuschend einfach wirkenden Mitteln der Sprache. Keine Kostüme, kein Make-up, nichts, nur du und deine Stimme ..." Michael Jackson in Moonwalk. Am 25. Juni 2009 steht die Welt kurz still. Michael Jackson ist tot. "Moonwalk" nimmt uns noch einmal mit zurück in sein Leben: von den Anfängen der "Jackson Five" bis zu seinen größten Hits als Megastar. Ausführlich erzählt Michael Jackson von den Jahren in seiner Heimatstadt Gary, dem Verhältnis zu seiner Familie und späteren Freunden wie Diana Ross oder Paul McCartney. Erstaunlich offen gewährt er Einblicke in seine Arbeitsweise und spricht erstmals auch über die Schattenseiten seines Erfolges. Über die Angst, zu scheitern, die rufschädigenden Gerüchte und seine fast unerträgliche Einsamkeit. Mit „Moonwalk” offenbart Michael Jackson den Menschen hinter dem Star – und trifft damit mitten ins Herz. Der Mensch hinter dem Megastar – außergewöhnlich offen und sehr berührend.

The Colonel

Author: Alanna Nash
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439136959
Format: PDF, ePub
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In The Colonel, Alanna Nash, the author of Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch, explores in depth the amazing story of Colonel Tom Parker, the man behind the legend and the myth of Elvis Presley. The result is a book that reads like the most riveting of real-life detective stories -- one that will completely change your view of Presley's life, success, and death. While scores of books have been written about Elvis Presley, this is the first meticulously researched biography of Tom Parker written by someone who knew him personally. And for anyone truly interested in the performer many consider the greatest and most influential of the twentieth century, it is impossible to understand how Elvis came to be such a phenomenon without examining the life and mind of Parker, the man who virtually controlled Elvis's every move. Alanna Nash has been covering the story of Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker since the day of Presley's funeral in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the first journalist allowed to view Presley's body, a compelling and surprising sight. But the profile of Parker attending the funeral in a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap was even stranger, and led her to investigate the man behind the myth. It has been known for twenty years that Thomas Andrew Parker was, in fact, born in Holland as Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk. But Nash has dug much deeper and, in a masterpiece of reporting, unearthed never-before-seen documents, including Parker's army records and psychiatric evaluations, and the original police report of an unsolved murder case in Holland that lies at the heart of the Parker mystery. In the process of weighing the evidence, she answers the biggest riddle in the history of the music industry, as it becomes clear that every move Parker made in the handling of Elvis Presley -- from why he never allowed Elvis to perform in Europe, to why he didn't halt Elvis's drug use, to why he put him in so many mediocre movies, and even the Colonel's direction of Presley's army career -- was designed to protect Parker's own secrets. Filled with startling new material, her book challenges even the most familiar precepts of the Presley saga -- everything we presumed about Parker's handling of the world's most famous entertainer must now be reevaluated in the light of information Nash reveals about Parker, who cared little for Presley beyond what the singer could do to bolster the Colonel's precarious position as an illegal alien. Elvis Presley, as one of Parker's unwitting victims, paid a major price for the Colonel's past and his overwhelming need to be more important than his client. As a result, Presley was never allowed to reach his potential and died in drug-induced frustration over his stunted and mismanaged career. In this astonishing, impeccably written, and vastly entertaining book, Nash proves that the only figure in American popular culture as fascinating as Elvis Presley is Colonel Tom Parker, the man who shaped Elvis, who in turn helped shape us.

Furious Love

Author: Sam Kashner
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641079268
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Eine Liebe, zu groß für die Ewigkeit - Die einzige Biografie des Skandalpaars in Zusammenarbeit mit Elizabeth Taylor »Sie war so unfassbar schön, dass ich beinahe lachen musste. Sie war einfach hinreißend und unglaublich sinnlich. Sie war, kurz gesagt, einfach eine Nummer zu groß, und nicht nur das: Sie ignorierte mich auch noch völlig.« – So beginnt eine Affäre, die bald die ganze Welt in Atem hält: Alkoholexzesse, Sex, Trennungen, Glamourauftritte und millionenschwere Versöhnungsgeschenke: Die Burtons lebten und liebten, als gäbe es kein Morgen. Leidenschaftlich, zerstörerisch, berauschend – eine Liebe, die sie ihr Leben lang nicht mehr losließ ...