Colonel Tom Parker by James L. Dickerson
The Curious Life of Elvis Presley's Eccentric Manager

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Based on unprecedented research and interviews, this authoritative biography of Colonel Tom Parker (1909-1997) includes new revelations and insights into rock music's most renowned and notorious manager.

About James L. Dickerson

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James L. Dickerson is an investigative journalist and the author of Devil's Sanctuary, North to Canada, and Yellow Fever. He was a staff writer at the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News, the Commercial Appeal, the Delta Democrat-Times, the Greenwood Commonwealth, and the Tallahassee Democrat.
Published January 21, 2003 by Cooper Square Press. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Too frequently, he also makes a hash out of facts: “During the first year more than a half million people visited Graceland” gives way to “more than 300,000 fans paid to tour the mansion in the first year.” Then there’s the sheer bombast and nonsense: “One cannot look at Colonel Parker without se...

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Elvis's manager gets a good skewering in this uneven biography by Dickerson (That's Alright, Elvis, with Scotty Moore), a veteran Nashville writer. The s

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To Dickerson’s credit, this is always Parker’s biography, the well-trod ground of Elvis’s life given just enough ink to clarify Dickerson’s points about Parker, but the fact remains that if Parker is a cartoonish villain, then Elvis is someone who was taken in by a cartoonish villain—he becomes J...

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