‘Treat Me Nice’

Highly original and extremely acute, Treat Me Nice argues that Elvis and the Frankenstein Creature were condemned to self-destruction because they both horrified their creators. Treat Me Nice remembers not only the influential black musicians but also Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Herman Melville and Isaac Newton. Key figures in the doomed events are examined and Elvis is compared to other musical talents to reveal a clear view of his merit and importance. Inspired by ‘Frankenstein’ author Mary Shelley, who warned against our lack of sympathy for uncouth creatures, Treat Me Nice confronts traditional views and explores the contradictions within Elvis. It will be enjoyed and debated by Elvis fans but it will also appeal to those who enjoy popular music. ‘Immensely enjoyable and a stimulating read.’ Paul Simpson, author ‘Rough Guide To Elvis’. ‘This book deserves to be noticed. A formidable treatise.’ Elvis Information Network.

Treat Me Nice is no longer available as a paperback but a Kindle edition is available here.

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  1. I appreciate Elvis the icon; Elvis the myth; Elvis the man with all his flaws and talents, but honestly I’ve never appreciated the music in any depth. My meaning is I’ve never considered what the music meant or what it was saying about Elvis, or what Elvis was telling us. I’ve only connected emotionally with many of his songs, but never intellectually. It disappoints me that I have failed to listen to what I was hearing, but I am not a musician; therefore, I am limited to how a song makes me feel and that can be quite shallow. The book has opened my mind to listen. Presently, I am reading through The Talent Applied (2) – Classic Albums; consequently, I am updating my MP3 music lists on my mobile phone.

    Moreover, I hadn’t expected to feel the emotions flooding my soul as I read. Frankly, it’s much unexpected. At times anger is evoked, other times I am moved to tears from some of the material in the pages Addiction – His Inability to Cope with His Career. There is a sense of loss in some of the pages of your book. I don’t know if it’s a projected loss or an imagined loss, or my own sense of loss when it comes to Elvis, but it seems to be present, along with anger, frustration, and guilt. There are also moments of happiness. I still remember the joy and excitement when I purchased my first Elvis record, Elvis Golden Records album; I was hooked.

    As I read there are two things upon my mind. First, if Elvis is the “monster”, then who made him? Second, I am curious how the Twilight Zone chapter of The Lost Episode of Space Fleet 35C fits in to the comparison and how it will pan out. I think I get it, but will finish the read before I come to a conclusion.

    Brilliant, Mr. Jackson, the book is absolutely brilliant. It’s an intriguing study of Elvis, but there is a single regret. I wish I had purchased the printed book rather than downloading the Kindle version. I like to mark my books and jot down the thoughts as they come to mind. The Kindle does not allow me to notate the way I like to. Looks like I’ll be lining your pockets with a few more quid when I purchase the printed book after I read the Kindle version. Your book will serve as a reference about Elvis for me. I’ve also downloaded the original, uncensored 1818 version of Frankenstein to read alongside Treat Me Nice.

    All right, now onto the next chapter.

  2. Jim

    Good to hear that you are enjoying the book. Good also to know that you are revising MP3 lists. Elvis Golden Records was my first Elvis Album. Elvis Golden Records Vol 2 was the 2nd with 4 extra tracks in the UK and then the album For LP Fans Only also with 4 extra tracks in the UK. Imagine the impact of those records. Pleased that you mention the Twilight Zone. Rod Serling is a hero of mine. The episode means whatever you think but after you finish the book I will tell you what was in my head if you want. Thanks again. It is good to make a connection.

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