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Carroll, Patty (Photographer) & Codrescu, Andrei (Contributor). THE WORLD OF ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS. Chicago, IL: Living The Life, Llc/Verve Editions, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 100 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the most engaging and fascinating books on American and global pop culture of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Verve Editions: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Patty Carroll. Essay by Andrei Codrescu, one of the most brilliant American critics of our time. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Patty Carroll's "The World of Elvis Tribute Artists". Elvis lives! "An in-depth exploration of the worldwide phenomenon of Elvis impersonators. There are between 10, 000 and 30, 000 people who are Elvis impersonators in the world. For more than ten years, Patty Carroll travelled across the globe to photograph over 300 of them. The fruit of the singular obsession of this self-described normal person is a fabulously funny, totally engrossing portrayal of a slice of life of consuming interest to millions of people throughout the world. A vivid, exciting, richly colorful series of portraits of Elvis impersonators in full costume, fully believing that they have been re-created as The King. The portraits are presented together with commentaries and written responses about themselves and their relation to Elvis drawn from interviews by the photographer. Represents the ultimate realization of years of researching, photographing, interviewing, talking, listening, hanging out, observing, and being totally immersed in the world of Elvis impersonators. There is no end in sight for this amazing culture: It continues to expand too fast to ever really document them all. The impersonators are a diverse, un-regulated, self-obsessed, and self-promoting group of people who all have the same fantasy of being Elvis. These men, women, and children range in age, size, girth, nationality, race, religion, and profession, and include every type of person imaginable. Impersonators are at the core of a worldwide phenomenon in which Elvis Presley continues to be adored, admired, and imitated since his death in 1977" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Elvis and Patty Carroll collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen by the photographer: "TCB, Patty Carroll". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. TCB stands for "Taking Care of Business". This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATTY CARROLL AND LALLA ESSAYDI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0966035291. $50.00

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