|About the Book|
Goldmans 1981 biography Elvis was much more controversial. In this book, Goldman drew on more than four years research into Elvis Presleys life. But for many fans and some critics, his research was undermined by his intense personal dislike ofMoreGoldmans 1981 biography Elvis was much more controversial. In this book, Goldman drew on more than four years research into Elvis Presleys life. But for many fans and some critics, his research was undermined by his intense personal dislike of Presley. For instance, Goldman dismissed Presley as a plagiarist who never did anything of note after his first records at Sun Records, insisting that he was inferior as an artist to Little Richard and other early rocknroll singers. He also portrayed Presley as nearly insane, using stories that some might see as innocuous (such as Presley taking his friends halfway across the country to buy them peanut-butter sandwiches) to prove that the singer had lost his grip on reality. On the other hand, the book includes several newly discovered facts. For instance, in the course of his research, Goldman discovered that Presleys manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was not a Southerner but a native of Holland. Parker had successfully covered this up to the degree that Presley himself allegedly never learned of it. (The book is harshest on Parker out of all the figures in Presleys life with whom it deals.) Furthermore, the book critically deals with the singers weight problems, his diet, his choice of performing costumes, and his sexual appetites and peculiarities. The author even suggests that Presleys promiscuity masked latent homosexuality. Discussing Presleys personal life, Goldman concludes: Elvis was a pervert, a voyeur. Some critics found comments like these overly biased and judgmental.