From Hillbilly Cat to the King of Rock and Roll"I don't think there was a better time and place to be a teenager than in Florida in the 1950s. It was such a magical place. Elvis is part of what contributed to that excitement."--Bob Graham, former Florida governor and United States senator"Kealing tells us the story of what happened when Elvis arrived in Florida and what role the Sunshine State pla...
Hardcover: 280 pages
Publisher: University Press of Florida (March 7, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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There's a wealth of fascinating detail in "Elvis Ignited" on a pivotal era in Presley's emerging career....his 4 tours of the Sunshine State over 15 months in 1955-56. Kealing's attention to detail is exhausting but never tiresome. As is another re...
life and musical career. This is a critical era in the Elvis Saga."--William McKeen, editor of Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay: An Anthology"Presents a great picture of what it was like to be a touring musician in the 1950s and also of Florida at the time and how the culture was changed by the shock of Elvis."--Joy Wallace Dickinson, author of Remembering Orlando: Tales from Elvis to DisneyIt was his most electric and influential time as a live performer. The young and hungry Elvis, the rising star, burst onto stages large and small--sexy, controversial, brimming with talent and ambition. One lightning-hot year in Florida fueled his rise from novelty act to headlining megastar.Elvis Ignited follows the immensely talented performer through his four tumultuous Florida tours in fifteen months spanning 1955-1956. In 1956, his most crucial and transformative year, Presley played more live shows in Florida than in any other state in the country becoming the object of worship, scorn, and controversy.