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Elvis Presley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
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    • African American Music Reference
      African American Music Reference brings together biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies to chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. The database covers blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.
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    Books

    The following are books available for use in the Library Reading Room.

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    Baby, Let's Play House - Alanna Nash
    Call Number: ML420.P747 N35B33 2010
    Based largely on exclusive interviews with the many women who knew him in various roles—lover, sweetheart, friend, costar, and family member—Baby, Let's Play House presents Elvis in a new light: as a charming but wounded Lothario who bedded scores of women but seemed unable to maintain a lasting romantic relationship. While fully exploring the most famous romantic idol of the twentieth century, award-winning veteran music journalist Alanna Nash pulls back the covers on what Elvis really wanted in a woman and was tragically never able to find.

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    Echoes of Elvis - E. Warren Perry
    Call Number: ML420.P747 E34 2012
    Echoes of Elvis, originally a Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery exhibit of the same name, examines how Elvis' story and widespread fame fit into the greater framework of American culture. Each chapter explores a different aspect of his life to determine and explain his cultural legacy.

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    Elvis Presley Scrapbook - James R. Parish
    Call Number: ML420.P747 E48S37 1975
    A pictorial album showing all sides of Elvis, from his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, through his motion picture career, until his death at Graceland.

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    Elvis Presley, Reluctant Rebel - Glen Jeansonne; David Luhrssen; Dan Sokolovic
    Call Number: ML420.P747 J43 2011
    Presenting a subject dear to their hearts, Jeansonne, Luhrssen, and Sokolovic offer a well-researched, entertaining volume that provides fascinating insights into Presley's life, his accomplishments, and the culture that formed him. Because it is both engaging and carefully documented, the volume will serve a broad audience".

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    Elvis: My Best Man - George Klein; Chuck Crisafulli
    Call Number: ML420.P747 K55 2010b
    In Elvis: My Best Man, a heartfelt, entertaining, and long-awaited contribution to our understanding of Elvis Presley and the early days of rock ’n’ roll, George Klein writes with great affection for the friend he knew—about who the King of Rock ’n’ Roll really was and how he acted when the stage lights were off. This fascinating chronicle of boundary-breaking and music-making through one of the most intriguing and dynamic stretches of American history overflows with insights and anecdotes from someone who was in the middle of it all.

     

    CDs

    The following are sound recordings available at the Library and Archives.

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    Elvis an Afternoon in the Garden - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD PRES-E AFTE 1997
    Recorded Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., June 10, 1972. All tracks previously unreleased except "I can't stop loving you"
    Liner notes by Colin Escott, inserted in container

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    Elvis country : I'm 10,000 years old - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD PRES-E COUN 2012
    Contains both original albums of I'm 10,000 years old : Elvis country and Love letters from Elvis
    Liner notes by Stuart Colman, inserted in container

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    Elvis inspiration : original recordings that inspired Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD COLL ELVI-IN 2004
    The two CDs include 40 original recordings that inspired Elvis, many of which he later recorded himself, including Big Mama Thornton's Hound Dog, Arthur 'big Boy' Crudup's That's all Right and Wynonie Harris's Good Rocking Tonight. The Collection features many of the King's favorite gospel tunes alongside Classic Country, Blues, and Rock 'n' Roll from the artists that shaped his sound including the Drifters, Hank Williams and Dean Martin. The Third Disc Contains a DVD Interview with Elvis recorded at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver on August 31st 1957, a few weeks before Jailhouse Rock was released.

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    Elvis is back - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD PRES-E ELVI-IS 2011
    Recorded at RCA's Studio B, Nashville, 1960-1961

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    Elvis the Home Recordings - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD PRES-E HOME 1999
    What you get here is a very interesting look (or rather, 'hear') at Elvis singing some of his favorite songs, playing guitar and piano, fooling around with his friends and in general just having one hell of a time.

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    Presley sings Lieber-Stoller - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD PRES-E PRES 1991
    Recordings made between 1956 and 1968.

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    The million dollar quartet - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD PRES-E MILL 1990
    An unrehearsed recording session with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. Recorded live at Sun Recording Studio, Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 4, 1956.

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    Viva Elvis The Album - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: CD PRES-E VIVA 2010
    This postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective, while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis' sound. Viva ELVIS - The Album re-imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echos Elvis' own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.

     

    DVDs

    The following are DVDs available for viewing at the Library and Archives.

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    A tribute to the King by Scotty Moore & friends : live at Abbey Road Studios - API Productions ; MH4 Films ; producer, Ian Brenchley
    Call Number: DVD PRES-E TRIB 2005
    Bonus Features: interviews with Scotty Moore and Jerry Schilling, behind the scenes at Abbey Road, friends of Scotty.

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    Elvis on tour - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; produced and directed by Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel
    Call Number: DVD PRES-E ELVI-ON 2010
    Elvis on Tour trails after the King on a few concert dates in 1972, as he powers through a curious set list that downplays the classic hits in favor of the likes of "Polk Salad Annie" and "Proud Mary." Rehearsal footage, preshow jitters, and after-hours sessions singing gospel with the gang are included; most revealing is a sequence that follows Elvis off stage and into his waiting limo, where he towels off in exhaustion, cracks a few jokes, and listens to the praise of the entourage.

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    Elvis: '68 Comeback Special
    Call Number: DVD PRES-E ELVI-S 2006
    The Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special DVD restores the King to his throne—with startling footage of Presley wrestling with his reputation, and winning.

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    King Creole - Elvis Presley
    Call Number: DVD FIC KING-C 2007
    One of Elvis Presley's finer acting roles came in this drama based on a novel by Harold Robbins. Elvis plays a singing busboy in New Orleans who gets a job from gangster Walter Matthau as a singer in a mob-owned nightclub.

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    Periodicals

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    Elvis Presley Jail House Rock

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum | Library and Archives
    2809 Woodland Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44115 | 216.515.1956 | library@rockhall.org
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