Thank you to Nigel Patterson for his thorough review of Treat Me Nice: Elvis, his music. and the Frankenstein Creature’ on Elvis Information Network. Some extracts are below, and you can read the whole article here.
Treat Me Nice… is a cogently written and totally absorbing 386 page analysis of Elvis and his importance, framed in the light of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley’s warning against society’s lack of sympathy for uncouth creatures.
Metaphorical in nature and raising the challenging theme that Elvis (a flawed genius of considerable contradictions) was a “victim”, with similarities to Shelley’s Frankenstein creature and, fatefully, both were doomed because they horrified their creator. Primary characters in the story are the Colonel as Frankenstein and Elvis as Frankenstein’s creature.
In Treat Me Nice, Howard Jackson presents a formidable treatise, a rich tapestry of insight, analysis, comparison and acute commentary….
Treat Me Nice Elvis, His Music and the Frankenstein Creature is recommended reading for those who want to be challenged and expand their understanding of Elvis Aaron Presley! Howard Jackson has written a fresh, complex and highly satisfying work which lingers in your mind long after you have read, digested and reflected on its intriguing subject matter.
Treat Me Nice is available to buy here, and can also be downloaded on Kindle.
I was just popping over to congratulate you on the review:
But mostly, for being part of the new wave of Elvis literature and exploration.
I have a lot of Elvis books and it’s great to see the trend has changed from the fan magazine/press release to the tell alls to the procedural biographies and only 30 plus years since his death – the wave of analysis.
It’s interesting to me how Elvis remains so different than other artists. The Beatles were deemed as serious artists before they broke up, but Elvis never got his due during his life and the 80’s tell all/love children – was a dark decade indeed.
But, Elvis came through all the bleakness and the ridiculous claims – to finally getting looked at as a serious and significant artist.
I guess we had to catch up to where he was in the 50’s and the sad part is, we’re not there yet.
Thanks for the comment and for the apt observations at the end. I had popped over to you as it happened earlier. I am still reading your blogs and enjoying them.