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”ELVIS CATNIP” - Dylan Jones (GQ)

A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF REAPPRAISALS OF ONE OF THE MOST
SERIOUSLY MISUNDERSTOOD SINGERS OF THEM ALL

Music Focused

Discusses Elvis’s music rather than his life. The book explores his central role in shaping to his the songs that he made so great.

Entertaining

Can great songs really be compared? Figure out whether you agree with the song choice and ranking.

Insightful

A celebration of the Presley catalogue that offers different perspectives on songs from across his amazing career.

Accessible

Whether you are new to Elvis’s music or have a high level of expertise, you should be able to get something from this riveting read.

Well Researched

Based on material and quotes from a wide range of sources. The endnotes run to over 500.

Easy To Read

Available in hardcover and Kindle options. Songs presented in bite-sized sections of a few pages.

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    THIS IS ELVIS CATNIP, A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF REAPPRAISALS OF ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUSLY MISUNDERSTOOD SINGERS OF THEM ALL. - DYLAN JONES (Editor-In-Chief of GQ MAGAZINE)

    COUNTING DOWN ELVIS: HIS 100 FINEST SONGS IS A CELEBRATORY APPROACH TO THE ELVIS SONGBOOK, AN INCISIVE AND ILLUMINATING CONSIDERATION OF THE CREAM OF HIS VAST RECORDING OUTPUT. - NIGEL PATTERSON (ELVIS INFORMATION NETWORK)

    DUFFETT'S BOOK SHINES A LIGHT ON ELVIS PRESLEY'S IMPORTANCE AS AN INTERPRETER OF SONGS WRITTEN BY OTHERS. LIKE FRANK SINATRA BEFORE HIM, PRESLEY LEVERAGED HIS KNACK FOR PICKING TUNES THAT REFLECTED AND SOMETIMES HELPED DEFINED POP CULTURE'S ZEITGEIST. - BILL KOPP MUSOSCRIBE.COM)

    FASCINATING COMMENTARY IS PROVIDED BY COMPOSERS, PRODUCERS, MUSICIANS, AND MUSIC SCHOLARS, INCLUDING THE AUTHOR... RECOMMENDED FOR MUSIC AND POPULAR-CULTURE COLLECTIONS AND ANYONE FOR WHOM ELVIS HAS NOT YET LEFT THE BUILDING. - BOOKLIST

    IN THIS ENERGETIC AND INSIGHTFUL LOOK AT THE SONGS OF ELVIS PRESLEY, DUFFETT... LOOK[S] AT THE SINGER'S CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION TO POPULAR MUSIC. ELVIS PRESLEY FANS WILL FIND THIS A FASCINATING AND USEFUL LOOK AT THE KING’S WORK. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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Why write anything more about Elvis?

There have been many books written about Elvis Presley's personal life, but too few written about his music. The aim is to progress beyond stereotypes and examine his creative contribution in more detail.

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What is COUNTING DOWN ELVIS?

A book-length, in-depth critical assessment of Elvis’s Presley’s best songs ranked in order of their relative greatness. It combines discussion of Elvis's influences, stylistic choices and different performances of the songs.

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Who is the intended reader?

The book is intended for anyone who loves Elvis’s music or is intrigued by his popularity, from curious outsiders and new enthusiasts to dedicated fans. Anyone interested in why Elvis matters should give it a look.

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How was the ranking achieved?

The ranking was based on the author's personal preferences, not polls or sales. It was really an excuse to continue the discussion about Elvis's creativity and research his music in much more depth.

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In what formats is the book available?

At the moment, COUNTING DOWN ELVIS is available in hardcover and kindle formats only. If you want to get the hardcover, we encourage you to support your local bookshop and ordering the book in person.

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Are there any plans for a sequel?

At present, unfortunately not. COUNTING DOWN ELVIS took a long time to write and involved a lot of research. While a sequel is unlikely, the author is pursuing related writing projects. Please join the mailing list to stay informed.

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About The Author

Two Decades Exploring The World of Elvis

Mark Duffett

Dr Mark Duffett is Reader in media and cultural studies at the University of Chester. He is widely recognized as an expert on popular music and media fandom, a role cemented by the publication of his book Understanding Fandom (2013). He has spent the last two decades investigating Elvis fan culture and is also a dedicated Elvis fan.

When he’s not talking Elvis’s music, Dr Duffett does academic research associated with music fandom. He has edited two books and various journal special issues in his research area and published many academic chapters and articles. His expert comments have been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, TalkSport Radio, and on the BBC World Service.

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