Download e-book for iPad: The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker by Alanna Nash

By Alanna Nash

Publish 12 months note: First released 2003

Almost the single undeniable fact approximately Colonel Tom Parker is that he was once the chief of the best performer in renowned song: Elvis Presley. His genuine identify wasn't Tom Parker – certainly, he wasn't an American in any respect, yet a Dutch immigrant referred to as Andreas van Kujik. And he definitely wasn't a formal army colonel: he bought his identify from a guy in Louisiana. yet whereas the Colonel has lengthy been stated as anything of a charlatan, this publication is the 1st to bare the intense volume of the secrets and techniques he hid, and the results for the profession, and eventually the existence, of the celebrity he managed.

As Alanna Nash' prodigious examine has chanced on, the Colonel left Holland most likely simply because, on the age of twenty, he bludgeoned a lady to dying. coming into the USA illegally, he then enlisted within the military as 'Tom Parker'. yet, with ideal irony for somebody later styling himself as Colonel, Parker's army occupation resulted in desertion, and discharge after a psychiatrist had qualified him as a psychopath. He then grew to become a fairground barker, operating sideshows with a keenness for small-scale huckstering and the informal rip-off that by no means left him. And via the peak of Elvis's luck, Parker had turn into a pathological gambler who, even as he used to be taking, amazingly, a whole 50% of Presley's profits, frittered away all his wealth within the casinos of Las Vegas.

As Nash exhibits, as a result, the customarily baffling trajectory of Elvis Presley's occupation makes excellent experience as soon as the key imperatives of the Colonel's existence are recognized. Parker by no means booked Presley for a journey of Europe a result of darkish mystery that ensured he himself may well by no means go back there. Even at his most renowned, Elvis was once nonetheless being booked to play out-of-the-way cities in North Carolina – as the former fairground barker (who shamelessly negotiated as such regardless of best checklist corporation and picture executives) knew them from his days at the circus circuit. And Elvis used to be trapped taking part in years of laborious seasons in Las Vegas – indicates nightly, seven days every week, until eventually boredom and depression caused the over the top drug use that killed him – simply because for Parker he used to be "an open chit" whose large gains avoided his manager's losses on the playing tables being known as in.

Alanna Nash knew Parker in the direction of the tip of his existence, and has now exposed the total tale, unbelievable, surprising, and not lower than compelling, of ways this larger-than-life artificial, after which unmade, well known music's first and maximum megastar.

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