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We love a good celebrity biography. No, really, we could spend hours poring over the details of the lives of the rich and famous — honestly, who wouldn’t want to live vicariously through all that drama? But there are some larger-than-life figures that only an extensive biography can fully relate, and the story of Elvis Presley is one of those icons.
Presley, also known as the King, changed American culture in the 1950s and ‘60s. His music and stardom became a movement among young Americans and ushered in a whole new era of celebrity culture. But behind Presley’s inky black hair, sly eyes, and unforgettable voice was a man who struggled under the pressure of the spotlight and met his untimely end at the age of only 42.
As the release date of Baz Luhrmann’s musical biopic, Elvis, draws near, there’s never been a better time to revisit the iconic singer’s life than now. Among our list of Elvis Presley biographies, you’ll find first-hand accounts from former friends and a fiancée, journalists, and more. These biographies feature never-before-seen photos, interviews, and extensive research that paint the most holistic picture of the “Can’t Help Falling in Love” singer’s life. Check out Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, and more biographies from our round-up.