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21.05.2006, 15:04

To be issued in next July is a new book, this is what we took of the book's website:

Author Patrick Lacy has written a book that is long overdue: a detailed, in-depth examination of the facts and figures that permeate the many Elvis books, websites, articles, and public boards. He sorts through all the information and puts things in proper perspective.

In Elvis Decoded, we find answers to questions surrounding:

* Elvis's death – heart attack, overdose, polypharmacy, or...?
* The last will of Elvis Presley...
* Illegitimate children, true or false?
* A death hoax...yes or no?
* August 16, 1977 at Graceland...what happened?
* The scams and the schemes...
* Unanswerable questions...?
* The August 29, 1977, break-in at Forest Hill Cemetery...

...and scores of other questions that no one else has answered over the past 29 years. This Elvis sleuth offers a unique perspective on the toughest questions and the most complicated issues in the Elvis Universe, and explains how things got so confusing.

"Elvis Decoded - A Fan's Guide to Deciphering the Myths and Misinformation" is presented in a Q&A format, and offers an examination and comparison of the numerous Elvis source materials. Also included in the book is the author's own research into other topics that have remained largely unaddressed since Elvis's death in 1977.

About The Author

Patrick Lacy, a 38-year old musician from D.C., is more than an Elvis fan. He has spent nearly 10 years researching, writing and talking to some of the most credible -- and incredible -- sources in the strange, claim-filled world surrounding the myths and legend of Elvis. His travels have taken him from Washington to Memphis, from Lauderdale Courts to Graceland, and from Tupelo to Las Vegas.

Patrick has consulted for VH-1 and The Family Channel on two Elvis-related programs ("Rock and Roll Record Breakers" and "The Presleys"), and currently volunteers as an Elvis expert at AllExperts.com.

Quelle: www.elvisnews.com

03.02.2007, 16:57
Das Buch habe ich.Habe gerade 50 Seiten gelesen und meine Vermutung das Dick Grob´s Buch voller Lügen ist bestätigt sich.Es ist ein Versuch Ginger da zu stellen als ob Sie mit schuld ist an Elvis Tod. Sehr interesant!Ich kann das Buch nur empfelen:top:

03.02.2007, 17:02
aha, weil in DEM buch steht das dick grob lügt, ist es automatisch auch so?
was passiert wenn grob jetzt ein neues buch veröffentlicht und sagt das lacy lügt?
das ist wie bei der drogengeschichte. die fanatics glauben immer den quellen, die ihrer vorstellung von elvis am nächsten kommen.

so ein buch ist unnötig wie ein kropf! man kann über die themen noch so viel "researchen", man wird die wahrheit eh nie rausfinden.

03.02.2007, 17:04
aha, weil in DEM buch steht das dick grob lügt, ist es automatisch auch so?
was passiert wenn grob jetzt ein neues buch veröffentlicht und sagt das lacy lügt?
das ist wie bei der drogengeschichte. die fanatics glauben immer den quellen, die ihrer vorstellung von elvis am nächsten kommen.

so ein buch ist unnötig wie ein kropf! man kann über die themen noch so viel "researchen", man wird die wahrheit eh nie rausfinden.

Erst lesen dann urteilen:-)

03.02.2007, 17:10
Elvis Decoded A Fan's Guide To Deciphering The Myths And Misinfomation, Patrick Lacy, AuthorHouse, USA, 379 pages, Illustrated, ISBN: 9781425955908

For some reason, since The King's death on a steamy, hot day in Memphis on 16 August 1977, the Elvis world has been one continually characterised by outlandish claims, wild theories and muddled information.

Illegitimate children; Elvis murdered; Elvis faked his death; secret Elvis recordings; "Elvis" double replaces The King after the Army; Elvis abducted by aliens...these and a lot more have tantalised the world since that fateful day in 1977.

Finally, someone has done the research, gathered the facts and put it all together in one book! Patrick Lacy is to be congratulated on Elvis Decoded, a powerful, yet flawed, decimation of many of the unfounded theories and claims that have been the fodder of an eager tabloid media and an even more eager Elvis underground movement.

For the latter, arguably theirs is an interest fired by an uncontrollable, inflexible and subliminal psychological compulsion...or is it in fact too flexible?

Elvis Decoded traverses a very wide spectrum of information. Within its covers the author discusses, dissects and destructs myth after myth using structured investigative research and logic.

That these professional imperatives are missing from many of the sensationalist books and magazines published about Elvis will not surprise many, but it is pleasing to finally see a cogent, well argued case across so many of the myths and misinformation which have scourged the Elvis world.

Some of the engrossing topics addressed are:

* the Forest Hill Cemetery break-in
* Dick Grob's controversial book, The Elvis Conspiracy
* what really happened on 16 August 1977
* the 1994 autopsy
* the bone cancer theory theory
* the Elvis is alive theories
* the infamous cough syrup incident,
* the meeting of the President and the King
* Elvis' will
* Dr Nick post 1977
* Lisa Johansen
* Gail Brewer-Giorgio
* Bill Beeny and DNA
* Dr Donald Hinton

While the author addresses a wide range of fascinating topics, the key driver of Elvis Decoded is Elvis' death in 1977. This is necessary given how the intersection of many of the myths and misinformation in the Elvis world.

A strength of the book's narrative is the author's willingness to explore a range of possible scenarios for each myth and to logically analyse each one. Lacy's dialectical approach to his subject matter is a correct methodology even if you do not agree with every one of his conclusions.

In presenting his argument the author essentially concerns himself with publicly available materials rather than the perverse, and at times incredulous, writings that dominate the mysterious Elvis underground. Through the use of factual investigation, a series of scenario based examinations and well thought out chronologies, Patrick Lacy has produced a wonderfully illuminating, challenging, and thought provoking book.

Lacy researched Elvis Decoded over 10 years. He sourced out primary documents, chased down leads, discounted the fallacious, and employed logical analysis in looking at the evidence like a forensic scientist. The result will please many fans, while the "true disbelievers" will undoubtedly scurry to the dark recesses of their cognitive dissonance to regroup and mount a fresh attack on the unwanted intruder to their strangely textured, underground world.

The reader is treated to many detailed explorations on how, why, when, where and what, as the author takes out his investigative tools and peers inside some of the most misunderstood and incredible stories ever told.

Lacy's depth of thinking on where Elvis' body was found is both sound and pleasingly claustrophobic, as he weaves the reader into the minutae of what transpired on 16 August 1977. You literally breathe the journey with the author as he circumnavigates each of its possible twists and turns.

On the popular Elvis is alive theme, Lacy is relentless as he pierces mortal holes in many of the commonly accepted strands of the theory. While not all of his arrows hit the bullseye, the author cogently exposes enough weaknesses to seriously undermine any ongoing rational belief in the theory.

Lacy also takes a strong line against the post-Elvis death investigation by Dick Grob. Sifting through the facts, witness statements and other evidence he builds a credible case that Grob's book The Elvis Conspiracy is a very flawed work.

On the issue of what killed Elvis (the commonly reported cause of cardiac arrythmia is by definition, medically inadequate), Lacy addresses the 1994 autopsy examination. He also deftly sheds important light on the codeine vs. Dilaudid tablets issue.

One of the more prosaic issues addressed and explained in Elvis Decoded is the 1984 Muhammad Ali-Elvis photo. Lacy gives the reader the factual reality for the "Elvis" figure in the photo. Despite this information it is amazing how many people still believe it is Elvis in the photo! Therein arguably lies an important clue as to why so many Elvis myths endure.

There is also a fascinating discussion about the mystery surrounding Elvis' last will (or six wills) including a disturbing suggestion around handwriting on the will, and a fresh and revealing look at the circumstances and motivations for the claimed Forest Hill Cemetery break-in in late August 1977. Did it really happen? The reader will be surprised at what the author has uncovered.

However, despite its many strengths, Elvis Decoded is not perfect. At times the author unfortunately dices with shades of light and dark and provides 'windows of opportunity' for his detractors to counter-punch the point.

For example, Lacy's discussion of the supposed "uncashed" Lloyds of London uncashed insurance policy will be unconvincing to many as it begs a fundamental question.

Also, his structural analysis, using excerpts from other authors, ignores the fact that many authors have simply borrowed alleged fact and position from others. Using many quotes from other authors gives the impression of a wide body of differing opinion, yet in fact there may only be one or two primary positions, with secondary and tertiary writings simply embellishing, rejigging, or adding minor details or variations to the original. While in some cases Lacy's device is legitimate, on others it unfortunately only serves to muddy the waters and suggest a bigger controversy than actually exists.

Several inconsistencies in argument also detract from an otherwise thorough research and analysis. On the chronology of 16 August 1977 Lacy makes an issue that the maids did not twig when Elvis didn't call down for breakfast (taken when most people eat lunch), yet elsewhere he acknowledges that Elvis had earlier said he didn't want to be disturbed until 4pm.

At times the narrative in Elvis Decoded begs the question. Reflecting on Lacy's discussion of travel times from Graceland to Baptist Memorial I wondered what were the changes in population and traffic flows between 1977 and now in that sector of Memphis, and what potential impact they may have on the validity of the author's argument.

I was particularly surprised that Lacy also gave more weight to non-sworn testimony than sworn testimony in concluding that Dick Grob was arguably not at Graceland on the afternoon of 16 August 1977 and did not travel in the ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital.

There are also omissions in Elvis Decoded and there are a number of myths and claims briefly discounted without material discussion (eg. Lucy de Barbin's claim of 'mothering' Elvis' child). The de Barbin story has arguably garnered more media attention than all but the Elvis is alive storyline. In the late 1980s her book, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, led the illegitimate children charge with high sales, vast print and electronic media coverage, and a proposed Hollywoood movie.

That Lacy however chooses to discuss the more recent Elvis Presley Jr. story in considerable depth is interesting but probably not surprising given its topicality, albeit of a very minor nature compared to the de Barbin story.

There is also no discussion of Timothy James Farrell (who obtained some media exposure in recent years with his claim to be an illigitimate son) or the strangely compelling Larry Blong saga.

While they are probably too current to have been included it would have been interesting to read what Lacy makes of the repugnant claims of Jimmy and Jesse Lee Denson, and the forgotten family of Elvis Presley as told by Elvis' Aunt Lois. Perhaps in Elvis Decoded 2?

Above: Part of the vast Elvis conspiracy library

In defence of Patrick Lacy, as the author stated to EIN in recent correspondence, he had to discard a lot more than he put in Elvis Decoded. It was simply not possible to include all of his research or all of the stunning myriad of colorful stories which make up the mythological Elvis underground. (And at 379 pages his book is already both a very impressive size with a very impressive content!)

For this reason, the hobo featured in the closing stages of the film Finding Graceland is discussed while the "Elvis" like figure in Home Alone is not. Operation Fountain Pen (being factual verifiable) is included, while the dubious Operation Phone Book is not.

I suspect these potentially flawed structural approaches to his work leave Lacy open to the same thing he criticises many of the proponents - accepting unverified facts, offering his own subjectively derived opinion based on research, and begging more than one question.

Having said this, these weaknesses do not devalue the essential core of Elvis Decoded. Patrick Lacy's work is a long overdue and necessary one. For far too long proponents of wild Elvis myths and misinformation have been able to operate in a context lacking a cohesive counterpunch addressing their position. While there is still some way to go to fully counter the extravagant stories of the Elvis underground, Elvis Decoded potently succeeds in derailing many of the ridiculous myths uncritically accepted by too many fans.

And as with any good work of investigative research, the fact that on some issues it raises questions rather than provides satisfying answers, only serves to reinforce the complex nature of our society and its multi-layered shades of black, white, gray and color. Sadly, establishing the full truth is not always possible.

Verdict: Patrick Lacy's Elvis Decoded is a much needed exploration and expose of many myths and misinformation in the Elvis world. It is not perfect, but it is an impressive start in sensibly assessing the mythical Elvis world in a studious, rigorous way, devoid of fanciful rhetoric. It is essential reading for anyone seriously concerned with finding the truth.