Elvis in Vegas by Richard Zoglin

Elvis in Vegas

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 Vegas is where the King of Rock and Roll resurrected his career, reinvented ...

Details Elvis in Vegas

TitleElvis in Vegas
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, History, Culture, Pop Culture, Rock N Roll

Reviews Elvis in Vegas

  • jesse r lewis
    Most people who aren't Elvis fans (and many who are) most likely don't know that Elvis actually played Las Vegas in the 1950s. His style at the time didn't fit the clientele (though he was invited back), so left it behind and moved on to mega-stardom. Then, with his music career in danger of being forgotten, Las Vegas came calling again. This time, both Elvis and Vegas were ready for each other. The popular view of Elvis in his Vegas years is of ...
  • Larinda Agee
    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 only the development and impact Vegas made on his life but what he did for Las Vegas during its "golden age" as well. For fans and non-fans (Is there even such a huma...
  • Donna Hines
    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 notion that his singing career was just reaching it's peak is an understatement.He truly set a new bar for opening acts to achieve bringing with him higher salaried perform...
  • Jane
    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 about the mob connections, easy divorce laws, the rise of nudity, the humiliation early black entertainers endured. Reading this book was a wonderful trip down memory ...
  • Kristine
    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 practically hear a ‘skrill’ of rewind during a Vegas Strip tourism newsreel, going dizzyingly forward and back through time, while you feel uncertain of what’s go...
  • Carol Custer
    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 was huge for his career as well. I saw Elvis live once in Las Vegas and though I've never been a huge fan, I liked him and his show was magical. I've seen Las Vega...
  • Deanna Stevens
    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 incorrectness about certain performers dialogues. This was over 50 years ago let it go! I could not finish the book. When the author started ripping a part the Elvis movies I ...
  • Andrew
    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 wrote a great biography of Bob Hope, really tells a great story here. Highly recommended.
  • Thomas Drago
    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 Streisand opening the International Hotel). Engaging, easy ready.
  • Melissa
    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 recommend it to anyone with an interest in Elvis or Las Vegas. Thanks to #NetGalley for an arc of #ElvisInVegas.
  • Jeff
    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 majority of it was about people and events before Elvis's arrive on the Vegas scene.