Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N' Roll
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Is no one going to talk about the fact that Elvis was giving Priscilla drugs?! A 14 year old? And basically OD’d her at 16?! K, what????!!! Whatever her intentions in writing this book were, it only made me love Elvis even more. He was as human as you and I. He was not perfect, but he was a good, generous and loving man... having said that, I will always advocate for Elvis when others deliberately and obviously try to taint his image.
Elvis was a very complex man and this book displays more than any other media I’ve come across what a problematic man he was. The age gap, his manipulation, and all the infidelity are so clearly stated in here, yet I’m surprised how casual Priscilla is about it and that the book ends on such a positive note regarding that. I would’ve wanted even more reflections from her side how she believes that this has affected her life and her personality. Or perhaps she had not even worked through that by the time she wrote the book. Has she even by now? I posted some pics along with my review on IG if you’re so inclined 😃 - I just love the old pictures. They go hand in hand with my general nosiness. I have enjoyed this book since the first day it was available for sale. As much as I respect what she wrote in the book I have even more respect for...what she left out.
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Another big part of this book, other than their dysfunctional relationship, is the drug abuse and how early it actually started and how casual it seemed as first. It’s really tragic to read about how early in his life Elvis started taking sleeping and diet pills. Of course he is gonna have a very relaxed stance on it if it’s something he has been doing without any major consequences for 20 years. Priscilla also describes several episodes involving Elvis' explosive temper and his jealous nature; including the time he went into a rage and threatened to fire a male employee ( Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schilling), who supposedly acted too "friendly" with Priscilla. According to her account, Elvis told Priscilla that they had to wait until they were married before having sex. He said, "I'm not saying we can't do other things. It's just the actual encounter. I want to save it." Priscilla adds, "Fearful of not pleasing him—of destroying my image as his little girl—I resigned myself to the long wait. Instead of consummating our love in the usual way, he began teaching me other means of pleasing him. We had a strong connection, much of it sexual. The two of us created some exciting and wild times."
Priscilla writes that it was years later before she realized his tactics were part of a need to control her. This pattern began before they were married, but in her 2005 made-for-television documentary titled Elvis by the Presleys, she admitted he had affairs with other women during their marriage. Priscilla Presley admits she had two affairs of her own, and the up and down marriage was irreparably broken down by 1972. The last straw for Priscilla came when Elvis, possibly having learned of the second affair with her karate instructor Mike Stone, raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room, telling her, "This is how a real man makes love to a woman." Also during this time, Elvis considered hiring a hit man to kill Stone, but ultimately didn't follow through.This was a difficult read in how it explores the details of how Elvis groomed and manipulated a young child (actively being failed by her parents) into marrying him. Even more difficult is the denial Priscilla lived in at the time of writing this memoir 38 years ago. Per her memoir, Elvis’s desire to ‘control’ Priscilla was so great that he once told his pal Rex Mansfield that he chose her because he could “train her in any way I want” due to her tender age. Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley recently shed light on her past relationship with the signer in a new memoir and even went into candid details about the good and the bad.