- Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Center Street (13. August 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1599957299
- ISBN-13: 978-1599957296
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 2,5 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 291.823 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Gospel Side of Elvis (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. August 2007
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Gospel music was a significant part of not only who Elvis was as a man, but as an artist as well. This book looks at his roots and the role of gospel in his foundational years, as well as the comfort, solace, and strength it offered him in the years of his meteoric rise in popularity. The gospel side of Elvis is a rarely explored aspect of this American icon and one that reveals so much about who Elvis really was. From the All-night sings he attended in his youth to the gospel quartets he incorporated into his shows, Elvis insisted on having constant access to this music he loved. He found it to be a source of comfort when the demands of his career were too much. He used it as a way to stay in shape vocally or to pass the time while on movie sets. He gathered friends, family, and admirers in his suite after shows to unwind during which Gospel was the music of choice. It was enrichment; it was comfort; it was home for him. "The Gospel Side of Elvis" explores why gospel music was so important to Elvis as told through the stories of those who knew him best and who sang right along with him.
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Joe Moscheo lives in
Und ja, ich habe nun das Buch gelesen, mein Wort gehalten.
The Gospel Side of Elvis ist ein wunderbar einfühlsames geschriebenes Buch von Joe Moscheo, das niemals langweilig wird.
Er schafft es, uns die "Gospel Side" von Elvis, von seiner frühesten Jugend bis zu seinem Tod näher zu bringen. Es ist auch eine Entdeckungsreise zu den Wurzeln des amerikanischen Southern Gospel. Beim Lesen der Kapitel bekommt man automatisch Lust dazu, sich die Musik-Gruppen anzuhören, von denen auch Elvis begeistert war.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Hardly a year passes without an Elvis sighting. His birthday, January 8, never passes without commentary in the news and on the street. And most people, not just fans, remember the date of his death - August 16, 1977. Add up those numbers, 8 plus 16 plus 1977, and you get 2001 which was also the name of the number Elvis used to close his concerts, "2001: A Space Odyssey." Channel 13 on Sirius radio champions itself as "all-Elvis all the time."
With all of the books and other materials available, not to mention the fan sites on the Internet, it wouldn't seem that another book of interest about Elvis would be possible. That's what I was thinking when I saw the title of Joe Moscheo's new book, THE GOSPEL SIDE OF ELVIS. Still, I was curious. However, once I started reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised.
But first a little background is necessary. Joe Moscheo was a member of the group of gospel singers called The Imperials. The group has been around since 1964 and has had several member changes since then. The Imperials still exist as a Southern gospel contemporary Christian venue.
Gospel music has roots in the church, primarily in the South, and is attributed to the African-American culture. Since its inception, the music has been divided between white and black singers. Even back in the 1950s, Elvis came under fire for listening to black music and bringing it into the rock and roll scene. While reading Moscheo's book, I discovered that Elvis's interest in that music was longer and deeper than I'd previously believed.
Looking back over Elvis's career, you can see that he's never been far from gospel music. This is one of the trends that Moscheo brings out in his narrative. In fact after Elvis's success on NBC in 1968 in a show that's come to be known as the '68 Comeback Special, Elvis got the opportunity to play the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Normally his backup band was the Jordanaires. They had been with him on the television show and had sung with him for a number of years. Unfortunately, due to success they'd been having, the group wasn't able to do the Vegas shows.
Elvis's next choice for backup singers was The Imperials. That was when Joe Moscheo really got to know Elvis Presley. From 1969 to 1971, the group performed with Elvis for ten weeks every year. They also attended the concerts after the concert up in Elvis's room every night. They became privy to lot of Elvis's private life.
Moscheo's book isn't a tell-all bash of the man who's heralded as the king of rock and roll. Nor does the author praise or defend Elvis. Rather, Moscheo presents a fairly even-handed picture of Elvis. He acknowledges Elvis's strengths and weaknesses, the things that made him great as well as the things that brought about his downfall.
I enjoyed reading the book a lot. I grew up in the Elvis era. My mom had been one of the girls who had fallen in love with his music back in the 1950s, then fell in love with him all over again in 1968 when he did the live television special. I'd watched that special and thought Elvis was cool. I still own it on DVD. I knew most of what Moscheo writes about in his book. There's no new material here. Nothing that hasn't already been written.
What makes this book so good is that while I read it, I felt like I was listening to Moscheo tell me his story in his own words. The book is written in first person and is chock full of anecdotes, memories, and interpretations that are uniquely the author's own. Moscheo only talks about those things that he had personal experience with. He makes a statement as much about himself and gospel music as he does about Elvis Presley.
THE GOSPEL SIDE OF ELVIS is thoroughly readable. I finished the book in a couple of sittings and was reluctant to be done with it. Moscheo's writing is diverting and consuming. I could tell that he had loved and respected the man behind the music and controversy. There are a lot of pictures of Elvis and The Imperials during their performances.
There may be other books that deal with much of material found between the covers of this one, but I doubt any of them explore the material in the same personal and entertaining way that Moscheo does. This book will undoubtedly be picked up by the fans as soon as it comes out. But I think it would be a good primer for those who want to learn about the Elvis phenomena that started in the 1950s and still lingers within this world.
Elvis rocketed to stardom and his physical antics on stage are fodder for hundreds of impersonators today. Popular Elvis songs readily come to mind: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, and Love Me Tender can still be heard on the airwaves today. Too few seek to understand the greatest influence in this cultural icon's life: his insatiable love for gospel music.
Joe Moscheo, a member of the Imperials who sang as back-up for Elvis for four years, introduces Elvis as profoundly impacted by gospel music in The Gospel Side of Elvis. Moscheo portrays a Elvis as a man who would listen to a gospel recording perhaps 100 times to understand the musical intricacies. During a performance Elvis might ask his back-up singers to sing a gospel song a cappella, and have the audience bow their heads in submission. Frequently, after a performance, Elvis would have all-night vigils in his suite where gospel songs would be sung until early morning hours.
It is refreshing to read a work that strives to paint Elvis as an accomplished musician instead of capitalizing on his faults. This book is remarkable at showing the depth to which Elvis sought to understand music. Christians, particularly those who watched some of Elvis' performances, will enjoy reading about the particular songs that had such an impact on Elvis: such as, How Great Thou Art.
If you enjoy Elvis' legacy - you will enjoy this book. If you are a Gospel music fan who enjoys Elvis' legacy - you will LOVE this book.
Armchair Interviews says: Wonderful look at a different Elvis.
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