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Jerry Hopkins (photo by William Waterfall)
NOTE about the author:
Hopkins has been chronicling popular music since his graduation from
Washington and Lee University in 1957.
A Biography, published in 1971 and
files and tapes and other research material constitute one of the most
visited archives at the in the Mississippi Valley Collection at Memphis
Click on the cover of "Elvis, The Final Years"
Cover of "Elvis in Hawaii"
by Jerry Hopkins
TCB...WITH AND WITHOUT THE FLASH
The story of the
making of my third book about the King, Elvis in Hawaii, is
about Taking Care of Business, but not in the singers customary
fashion. If Id had a TCB pendant to hang around my neck, it
The idea for the
book came to me when I was living in Hawaii and my two partners in the
venture were friends who became, in the end, two of the
To find new, unpublished
visual material, we asked a Honolulu newspaper columnist to run an item
about our search, believing that some Hawaii
We also used photographs obtained from Todd Slaughter in England,the UKs leading Elvis entrepreneur who published Elvis Monthly magazine, staged Elvis conventions, and led groups of fans on annual pilgrimages to Memphis and Hawaii on the anniversary of the singers death.
For a number of
reasons, the book project was abandoned, not least because I decided to
leave Hawaii and moved to Thailand, where I still
Eight years passed
and on a visit to Hawaii in December, 2001, the islands leading
publisher, Bess Press, asked me to revive the project.
Now the the project went onto the fast track...and the snail finally was replaced with a proper lightning bolt. I was given just six months to research and write 20,000 words of text and find the illustrations.
During my Hawaii
visit, I met with both Tom Moffatt, who said hed contribute his
personal library of Elvis mementos and photos, and
still had Todd Slaughters collection from England. We had tried
to return it, but the package came back to Hawaii, unclaimed,
I also called
Velma Fisher and some others during my 2001 visit and then came home to
Bangkok, where via the Internet I found Martin Nolets
In all, more than a hundred photographs were used to accompany chapters about Elviss island stage performances (in 1957, 1961, 1972) and the 1973 satellite show, as well as about the three movies filmed in Hawaii, and his vacations there. Elvis was the only non-resident entertainer who appeared in the islands during all three decades, during which time he developed an affection for Hawaii as strong as the islands had for him.
The book further includes several sidebars---stories about how the music from Elviss movies fits into the history of Hawaiian song, the island-born karate instructor who changed the singers performance style, and the lucrative market for the Kings Hawaii-linked memorabilia.
The book was released in November 2002 and is now available at bookstores in Hawaii and through this site. Please scroll to bottom of this page to download the orderform to order your book directly from the publisher !
96 pages, 8.5" x 11", Flexibind format
ISBN: 1-57306-142-5 Retail price: $19.95
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