To call author Spencer Leigh prolific would be something of an understatement. He has written over 30 books on musical and entertainment subjects . In the space of two years he has published definitive works on Frank Sinatra  and Simon and Garfunkel . Now, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the death of "The King" he has written an authoritative account of the life and career of Elvis Presley.
Admittedly, there is no shortage of books about Elvis on the market but few, if any, can match this meticulously and painstakingly researched book by Spencer Leigh who is not your typical "cut and paste" merchant.
In this impressive tome , the author uses primary sources, such as his own extensive interviews with well over 100 of Elvis' associates, fellow musicians and fans and it is clear that he has a deep understanding and knowledge of his subject.
What I particularly like about this book is that ,by way of introduction to Elvis, he takes us on a musical and historical tour of the Deep South ,particularly Mississippi and Tennessee, where Elvis was born and raised ,thus setting the context for Elvis' family history and musical influences.
Another key feature of this book is the extensive discography and lists of songs about Elvis or which refer to Elvis as well as notable cover versions of Elvis' songs.
If you think that you know all there is to know about "The King",think again because there is much to be learned about the man and his life from this incredibly well-researched and fascinating account by Spencer Leigh.