In some circles, this may rank as the most highly anticipated album of 2010. Over the past several years, Frankie Rose has made a name for herself in Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, and Crystal Stilts. Now she's at the helm, and this debut arguably surpasses all the fine work the above-mentioned bands have given us.
In 1934, Vernon Presley, age 18, recalled blacking out at the instant of his son’s conception; then, regaining consciousness, he had seen the night sky thronged with brilliant blue stars. Elvis Aron’s twin brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn. The future King’s God-fearing mother, Gladys -- who herself almost died in the delivery -- believed he had inherited Jesse’s soul, and was "the One."
Years later, Gladys would suffer a miscarriage, making her all the more protective of her only surviving child.
"My mama never let me out of her sight," said Elvis.
Vernon told biographer, Peter Guralnick (Last Train to Memphis): "He never spent a night away from home until he was seventeen. The three of us formed our own private world."
The head of California's thirty-ninth largest corporation was in full diabetic shock. His blood sugar was the second highest the doctors at Marin General had ever seen. His kidneys had shut down. He was running a 105-degree fever from a systemic infection. He was in a coma.
Outside the ICU, the corridor was packed with family, friends, managers, reporters. And the Hell's Angels. Only the patient's wife was permitted inside.