Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

The story of how Las Vegas saved Elvis and Elvis saved Las Vegas in the greatest musical comeback of all time. The conventional wisdom is that Las Vegas is what destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior, and eventually his fatal overdose. But in Elvis in Vegas, Richard Zoglin takes an alternate view, arguing that Veg The story of how Las Vegas saved Elvis and Elvis saved Las Vegas in the greatest musical comeback of all time. T...

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Title:Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show
Author:Richard Zoglin
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Genres:Music
ISBN:1501151193
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show Reviews

  • Jim Byrne
    Oct 08, 2019
    Fun read if you?re a fan of either; even better if you?re a fan of both. Elvis and Vegas, that is. ...
  • Andrew
    Jul 04, 2019
    If you love Vegas, Elvis, and the entertainers of Vegas, you will I?ve this book. As much a history of Vegas entertainment and the entertainers who played Vegas, as it is the story of Elvis? Vegas comeback, this is just a great well written look at all these topics. Zoglin, who wro...
  • David
    Aug 08, 2019
    Surprisingly entertaining and informative book. A history of Las Vegas, a bio of Elvis. And how Elvis?s comeback launched Vegas into what we see there today. ...
  • Courtney Smith
    Sep 20, 2019
    A fun read, but not a lot of Elvis. I would have liked less pre-amble and Frank Sinatra and more Elvis and analysis of how of his Vegas comeback impacted the music industry. That said, what is here is very entertaining to read. ...
  • Mauberley
    Aug 02, 2019
    More a survey of what passes for entertainment in Las Vegas than all about Elvis? ?triumphant? return in 1969, it is still a well-researched and vividly written book. Those of a certain age will be reminded of all of the dreadful comedians who once populated the Ed Sullivan show:...
  • Dave
    Sep 06, 2019
    I was 9 years old when Elvis passed away in 1977. My mom LOVED Elvis, and I was very familiar with him. Mom played his music a lot, watched his films on TV. And as a family we watched his concert from Hawaii. This book looks at his 1969 Vegas shows. It takes it's time getting there, ...
  • Kristine
    Jul 23, 2019
    Elvis in Vegas by Richard Zoglin is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July. Elvis' tenure at Las Vegas? International Hotel from 1969 to 1976 and the post-heyday of Vegas entertainment. The way I?d describe this narrative is its sense of ?halting bravado? - you can ...
  • Melissa
    Jul 13, 2019
    Elvis in Vegas is great exploration of the history of Las Vegas entertainment and of Las Vegas itself. It is a comprehensive journey of Elvis' return to live performing. Richard Zoglin does a fantastic job of capturing this wonderful period of Elvis Presley's epic story. I highly recom...
  • Julie
    Aug 08, 2019
    Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Vegas Show by Richard Zoglin is a 2019 Simon & Schuster publication. A wildly entertaining and juicy piece of pop culture history!! Elvis truly resonated with my mother?s generation, back in the fifties and sixties, but not s...
  • Carol Custer
    Jul 17, 2019
    This book is a must-read not only for Elvis fans, but for anyone interested in the history of Las Vegas. It's a fascinating insight into Las Vegas from its beginning to the present and how the city was influenced by changing times. The impact Elvis made on Las Vegas was huge - - and it...
  • Marsmannix
    Oct 15, 2019
    I almost passed this book up because I'm more of a Metallica type person. I'm glad i checked it out of the library! The book covers not only the history of the development of the Las Vegas we know today, but traces the birth of the outrageous Las Vegas shows, and how they evolved to t...
  • Dustin Henson
    Sep 05, 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I personally have not yet been to Las Vegas, so I did not know much about the history of Vegas, except of course how much Elvis loved Vegas, and how much Vegas loved Elvis. I learned so much about the history of the city in this book, and how it evolved ...
  • Tom
    Aug 29, 2019
    The title is rather misleading, as the first half has much more to do with the rise of Las Vegas as an entertainment capital, while the second half climaxes with Elvis' first run at the International Hotel (now the Westgate). That said, it's a very fascinating look at both Elvis and Ve...
  • Carolyn Leshyn
    Oct 08, 2019
    The book interestingly begins by reviewing the history of the entertainment industry in Las Vegas. Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Martin & Lewis, Liberace, various noted comedians, the mob and many others are all noted. The history of the hotels and casinos is also discussed as well as ...
  • Rick
    Oct 16, 2019
    I don't know what I expected when I picked up this book to read. Some basic, behind the scenes, gossipy history of Elvis's exploits in Las Vegas. Instead I ended up with one of the best stories detailing the history of big name entertainment in the biggest entertainment venue on earth....
  • Jason Sands
    Aug 17, 2019
    The title is sort of deceptive The title is sort of deceptive. This is more of a history of entertainment in Las Vegas than it is a book about Elvis. Still, I found it to be entertaining. ...
  • Deanna Stevens
    Aug 01, 2019
    I was extremely disillusioned with this book. First of all, the title is a come on. Elvis is barely mentioned in the first 30% of this book. Secondly, this is more of a history of Las Vegas entertainment. I also felt the book was extremely negative. Going on about political incorrectne...
  • Nick
    Aug 04, 2019
    Excellent. ...
  • Mike Walter
    Sep 05, 2019
    An Enjoyable Look at Vegas' History I probable would rename this book because it's not as much about Elvis as it is Las Vegas and its history of entertainment through the years. But I enjoyed it nonetheless. ...
  • Ylenia
    Aug 23, 2019
    I love Elvis & I?ve always been fascinated by Las Vegas - so this book was an instant-purchase. The book in itself was really interesting - but some parts failed to engage me & hold my attention completely. This could also be my fault for not being in the right mood ??...
  • Larinda Agee
    Jul 17, 2019
    Oh, how I love all things Elvis! I am a huge fan and have read many books on his life and its many aspects. Finding particular interest in his "Vegas Years", I was elated to be approved to read this story. What I found was a wonderful comeback story of the adventures of Elvis in not on...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Aug 16, 2019
    On a personal note, my husband is a huge Elvis fan. If it's the weekend and he decides to have a few beers and gets a bit maudlin, I'll find him watching an old VHS tape of "Elvis in Hawaii" or "The '68 Comeback Special" and crying...especially when Elvis sings the song "If I can Dream...
  • Jeff
    Aug 02, 2019
    This book should have been titled "The Musical History of Vegas." There are 250 pages in the main part of the book, excluding "note and acknowledgments." The Elvis Vegas concert material starts on page 170, well over half way into the book. The book was very interesting, but the maj...
  • Thomas Drago
    Jul 28, 2019
    Zoglin does an excellent job of detailing the history of Las Vegas from its conception to the modern era and uses Elvis as a motif to package the entire narrative. The only real complaint I have is that the same anecdotes appear multiple times throughout (like Elvis's first reaction to...
  • Laura
    Aug 08, 2019
    This is a fascinating look at the evolution of entertainment acts in Vegas. Yes, it's about Elvis, but in my opinion it's more focused on how the lounge and stage acts of Vegas evolved (or didn't, in some cases) with the tastes of the American public. There were a lot of interesting an...
  • Jane
    Jun 29, 2019
    Elvis in Vegas takes readers through a the history of Las Vegas from the days it basically was a junction point on a railroad line through the development of the Strip with lots of interesting stories about the entertainers brought in to draw patrons into the casinos. Readers learn abo...
  • Donna Hines
    Jul 10, 2019
    Elvis brought Vegas to the forefront just when it was on the decline. The rat pack and other famous acts brought in many older gamblers but Elvis made it hip and young and attractive to the fun seekers and hot rollers. While drugs,sex, rock and roll may have been on the menu the noti...
  • Bob Kuster
    Aug 03, 2019
    A rockin and rollin good read !!! Elvis in Vegas was a pleasant surprise as the title made me think it would be all Elvis all the time. The book is so much more instead telling the story of the Las Vegas casino entertainment scene. Sinatra fans will be disappointed what they learn abou...
  • Chad King
    Sep 13, 2019
    The title should have been "Residency in Vegas: How Sinatra, Elvis and Hollywood Took Over Las Vegas." Yes, it talks about Elvis. And yes, Elvis had a significant impact on the modern Las Vegas show. But, as the book points out, Vegas developed into an entertainment mecca -- and one th...
  • BrotherSkip
    Sep 10, 2019
    Dreadful sentences like "Elvis began wearing a jewel-studded cape, spreading it wide and bowing his head dramatically, like some weird cross between Dracula and Jesus" with too much filler material that has no bearing on the premise made this a disappointing read. Sinatra driving a gol...