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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

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He was much more than a member of the Memphis Mafia, Jerry was the closest thing to a brother Elvis ever knew. Jerry Schilling does a great job talking about what Elvis was like OFF the stage, how kind he was (maybe a little too kind with his money), and how progressive Elvis was with his interests (egs. What Jerry Schilling has written in Me and a Guy Named Elvis is an account of one man’s experience, a personal memoir that, while it places its narrator squarely in the midst of historic events, never claims credit for those events in the way that so many self-serving memoirs are inclined to do. But more than anything else he was Elvis's close friend and confidant: Elvis trusted Jerry with protecting his life when he received death threats, he asked Jerry to drive him and Priscilla to the hospital the day Lisa Marie was born and to accompany him during the famous lost weekend when he traveled to meet President Nixon at the White House.

He told Ed that he did not want many people around him involved in this project, but he mentioned only one by name that he did want to be a part of it: me. A shock for the Bible Belt and many might bristle at the thought of the man who could sing "How Great Thou Art" with such conviction and passion, and also "be into" numerology (Cheiro's Book of Numbers). Me and a Guy Named Elvis looks at Presley from a friend's perspective, offering readers the man rather than the icon-including insights into the creative frustrations that lead to Elvis's abuse of prescription medicine and his tragic death. What I think distinguishes the book most of all, though, is its emotional honesty, the generosity of spirit with which Jerry seeks to emulate his friend and mentor. Off the slopes, Elvis spent a lot of time with … Denver policemen he had met on past trips to the city.

Now after half a century of living through all kinds of experiences with this man and his family and friends, I've come full circle - I'm now ready to share some history. We also learn a bit about Elvis's attitude towards his movie career (Elvis knew his movies were crap, but seems stars didnt have the pull they do today).

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. So and so had a horrible childhood, fell in with the wrong crowd, found music (and drugs), made it big, fell to abysmal depths, then (hopefully), cleaned up and discovered life in a more meaningful way. Jerry Schilling was a friend of Elvis for years and is still involved in developing Elvis projects, including projects with EPE.

Jerry recognized that what he had with Elvis was precious, and so he didn’t just lose the King of Rock and Roll on August 16, 1977 like most of the rest of the world -- he lost his best friend. When Jerry left to pursue a career he wasn’t shut out the group like other former MM and Elvis actively encouraged and supported him. Me and a Guy Named Elvis looks at Presley from a friend's perspective, offering readers the man rather than the icon - including insights into the creative frustrations that lead to Elvis's abuse of prescription medicine and his tragic death.

And I’m glad I read this one, because it had such a lovely story to tell: that of a close friendship between the author, Jerry Schilling, and Elvis, that spanned their entire adult lives. It is an account of two good-ole-boys from Memphis who begin their journey orchestrating touch football games, but end up touching each other's lives meaningfully even beyond the tragic death of the man known as the King. I mean, we all know that Elvis was unable to be faithful to any woman, but "Cilla" wasn't also a fragile victim.

What I didn't like was, how Schilling skipped over Elvis's death, it was like a page and then, straight back into what Jerry was doing; IE, managing the Beach Boys. Through the words of this book I grasped that Elvis began to loose his humanness because people talked to him like he was this super hero but he was just a guy that had major talent. On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered into a Memphis touch football game, only to discover that his team was quarterbacked by a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the local teenager whose first record, “That’s All Right,” had just debuted on Memphis radio. He sounds like someone who is so generous because he wants to be not because it would have looked good in the papers. It just so happens that my subject of expertise is Elvis Presley, one of the most important figures of the 20th century and certainly the most remarkable man I've ever known.I agree with you when you said Elvis had too many creative dissappointments very sad, he would have been the next James Dean, Marlon Brando he had depth in his acting career. Schilling, I feel like I have way better understanding of who Elvis was as a human being and a singer and actor. A lot of people thought they had something against Elvis, but I never saw anybody who spent any time with him walk away not liking him.

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