Book Review: Albert Goldman

Albert Goldman was a poison pen researcher, and was a gay man who wrote as an entertainment critic; and Elvis would not have anything to do with him. After Elvis died, Goldman beat Kitty Bruce to the press.



What Albert Goldman missed:

  1. ElvisWorld: Jimmy Saville
  2. Nick Adams, despite there having been gossip magazine press in the 1950s.
  3. Goldman had also made claims about Elvis Presley film footage in circulation in “certain circles” in the 1970s and into the 1980s – none of which has turned up on the internet as of 2016.
  4. Ditto the “IT” photo of Elvis’ stage erection.

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Goldman spent 5 years “researching” – tracking down the people most willing to trash talk Elvis because he wanted to write something more lurid than The BodyGuard Book: Elvis What Happened and the Stanley’s Elvis We Love You Tender and deceiving Lamar Fike.

Goldman penned a few other biographies, the only purpose to pulp publish torrid trash – waste of trees really.

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I did read the Goldman book, I tore off the covers and kept them – photos in my scrapbook.

As I read the book, I tore the pages out, throwing them into a range of garbage cans. At the time, if you recycled you were a hippy freak, as opposed to today’s if you do not, you are an earth hating asshole.

I kept the photo section. The book, not worth reading, recycling all the worst part and ignoring the obvious major depression, complicated grief and de-contextualizing the impact of decades of drug abuse.

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Alanna Nash has swerved into Goldman territory, and had used the Prisicalla Child Bride author as her researcher.

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Documentaries are about presenting sides and bias is unseemly at best and propaganda at worse.

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Related on Dykewriter:

ElvisWorld: Elvis & The Internet

ElvisBooks: The Trash Trilogy

ElvisWorld: The Stanleys


Related on The Internet

Albert Goldman – Wikipedia

Articles about Albert Goldman – latimes › Collections

Albert Goldman, whose pitiless biographies of Elvis Presley and John Lennon infuriated their fans, is dead of a heart attack at 66.



Greil Marcus Interview – Elvis Information Network

Jul 8, 2010 – I might have first written about Elvis in a review of the soundtrack album for his 1968 comeback show in Rolling Stone in the Spring of 1969. But though I was a … From Greil Marcus’ 1981 chapter on Albert Goldman..




1970 – Elvis Presley In Concert › Newspaper Articles

“A Gross top-grosser – Elvis Presley at Las Vegas” by Albert Goldman Life (March 20, 1970)



~~~~ Albert Goldman’s Vegas Review ~~~~~~~~


CONCERT DATE: Las Vegas, January 26 – February 23, 1970

A Gross top-grosser
Elvis Presley at Las Vegas
by Albert Goldman
March 20, 1970

Gorgeous ! – or same equally effusive effeminate word – is the only way to describe Elvis Presley’s latest epiphany at Las Vegas. Not since Marlene Dietrich stunned the ringside with the sight of those legs encased from hip to ankles in a transparent gown has any performer so electrified this jaded town with a personal appearance. Without twanging a string, burbling a note or offering a hint of hip. Elvis transfixed a tough opening night audience of flacks and entertainers simply by striding on-stage in the costume of the Year.

What was he wearing? Nothing lavish, my dear, just a smashing white jumpsuit, slashed to the sternum and lovingly fitted around his broad shoulders, flat belly, narrow hips and well, it’s a nice fit. And then there are his pearls – loads of lustrous pearls, not sewn on his costume but worn unabashedly as a body ornaments. Pearls corled in thick bunches around his neck, pearls gulled his tapered waist in a fabulous karate belt: rope of pearl alternating with rope of gold, the whole sash tied over one hip with the ends brushing his left knee. With his massive diamonds flashing pinks and purples from his fingers and his boyish smile flashing sheepishly through his huge shag of shiny, black hormone hair. Elvis looked like a heaping portion of male cheesecake ripe for the eyeteeth of the hundreds of women ogling him through opera glasses

So dazzling is the superstar, so compelling is his immaculate narcissism, that you hardly notice the massive forces he has mustered to support him: the 38-piece orchestra stacked up like the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the front rank of black-clad Memphis Mafiosi armed with guitars and drums and the side-show chorus of eight integrated voices (the Sweet Inspirations and the Imperials). Elvis kicks off his show James Brown style by collaring the mike and shaking it to the beat of I’m All Shook Up, the kettle drumming orchestra shaking its huge body behind him. Coming to the guitar break, he strums the acoustic instrument slung white around his neck with the carelessness of a practiced faker. The number ends abruptly with Presley snapping into profile and thrusting his guitar bayonet-wise at the chorus.

The rest of the evening passes smoothly as the star glides through medleys of old tunes or lounges in elaborately upholstered arrangements of his new anthems. Every number ends with a classically struck profile -Elvis as the Discus Hurler, Elvis as Sagittarius. Elvis as the Dying Gaul. Between poses, he offers glimpses of his wry humor: “My mouth’s so dry, feels like Bob Dylan slept in it all night.” Not quite the erotic politician that Jim Morrison proved to be when he disrobed on stage. Elvis manages very well his constituency by occasionally grabbing a blue-haired lady at ringside and kissing her firmly on the mouth. Watching the women in the audience lunge toward the stage like salmon up a falls becomes the show’s real comic relief.

The climax of Presley’s monodrama is tremendous Cecil B. DeMille tableau. The orchestra is silhouetted against a cerulean blue cyclorama while its members are transfigured by rich gold light pouring in from the wings. At the massed musicians sustain a mighty cathedral chord, the Great White Hope falls on one knee in the classic Jolson-gladiator pose, saluting the thousands in the house, – saluting, perhaps, the house, with its three-dimensional putti stringing yards of swagging chifflon between plastic classic columns.

Grander than the “Fountainblue,” grosser than Grossinger’s, the International Hotel, the ultimate motel, 1,500 rooms redolent more of Howard Johnson than Howard Hughes, has found itself an “attraction” magnetic enough to pull the shut-in generation over 30 out of their ranch houses onto nonstop jets and down in to the Valley of Loose Gold where the King of the Oldy-Moldy-Goldys presided over his people with eternal youth and joy and jamboree.

Courtesy of Francesc Lopez


Florid Purple Prose, Gay Troll Classic!

Bitchy doesn’t start to cover it, eh.

Nina Tryggvason, Dykewriter.



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