Talk:Biography

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A General Note regarding the Bio

I've been quietly adding in extra external links into the bio lately - this will be an ongoing process. Reading the whole bio again - it crosses my mind that I wrote the original version of it back in about 1999 - and although I have slightly alerted the tone of certain passages over the years, it is hard to escape the fact the some of it is just a matter of opinion. Sometimes the opinion is mine, sometimes it is Elvis' and sometimes it's a kind of "group-opinion" of the hard-core Elvis fans on the 'Net. However, a listing of "mere facts" would be pretty dull. I know what Elvis thinks of other people trying to tell his story - and I certainly did my best to avoid dwelling on certain events (without entirely ignoring them) or trying to psychoanalyse Elvis. As Elvis won't cooperate in any attempts of others to write a biography of his life, there's no point trying to interview him. What inevitably happens in the large-scale biographies is that other "concerned parties" end up talking to the writer instead - eg, Bruce Thomas and Bebe Buell, and that tends to send the scales reeling in the opposite direction. It's not that their viewpoints aren't valid, but there are many others. It's easy to get lost in the deep dark hall of mirrors... thepopeofpop (talk) 00:40, 24 July 2014 (CDT)

Please Please Me vs. Fame At Last

Regarding the change from At the age of nine, Declan bought his first record, the Beatles’ “Please Please Me” to At the age of nine, Declan bought his first record, the Georgie Fame EP "Fame At Last", there may be some confusion from Elvis describing "Please Please Me" as the first record he ever owned and "Fame At Last" as the first record he ever bought.

But simply changing the name of the record isn't sufficient, since "Fame At Last" wasn't released until 1965, when Declan was at least 10, possibly 11. And if you change the age, then the "Nine Year Old Puts His Money Down" heading no longer makes sense. --Nunki 10:23, 7 August 2006 (CDT)

Fame At Last might be more literally accurate but does rather ruin Elvis' line about being nine years old! I could probably rewrite the sentence to include both records...

I've added a tiny bit of biographical detail about Jake Riviera, corrected a few typos, and added a new section at the end which will no doubt grow soon --Pauli 12 November 2006

I've toned down some of the comments about Columbia in the mid-eighties. I've been talking to somebody who worked for them at the time and it looks like Costello's opinion of their promotional efforts is at odds with the actual efforts made to promote KOA and B&C in the US. thepopeofpop 22:46, 26 June 2007 (CDT)

Brutal Youthy

I wonder if youthy is a misprint or a word that escaped me. --Hans555 11:16, 13 April 2008 (CDT)

It's a pun ... combining the titles of "All This Useless Beauty" and "Brutal Youth". The two albums go together as they were the result of Elvis reuniting with the Attractions in the 1990s. Most of the chapter headings in this biography are puns of one sort or another, which seemed appropriate given Elvis' love of wordplay (particularly in his early songs). thepopeofpop 10:53, 5 October 2008 (UTC)