If I Can Dream: Elvis' Own Story

Larry Geller, Author, Joel Spector, With, Patricia Romanowski, With Simon & Schuster $19.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-65922-6
Romanowski ( Dreamgirl ) and Broadway producer Spector collaborate here with Presley spiritual adviser and hairdresser Geller to present the singer in a better light than he has been shown in previous books. Despite a pervasive self-serving tone, the book accomplishes that even though there is scandal aplenty: Presley's drug abuse, the perfidies of Col. Tom Parker and the excesses of the ``Memphis Mafia.'' But the authors emphasize Presley's positive traits, his extraordinary generosity, his sensitivity and loyalty. We're also told that he was quite intelligent and surprisingly well-read. Much of the book focuses on the star's pursuit of spiritual understanding, and his and Geller's mutual exploration of esoteric philosophies. Presley fans will be gratified by the confirmation that the King was a fine fellow; detractors will discover little new fodder here. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1989
Release date: 03/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 368 pages - 978-0-380-71042-3
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