ELVIS DAY BY DAY 2022 RELEASED!
It's time to TCB, Take Care of Books! The fifth volume in the 'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review' yearbook series has been released as a 420-page paperback and as a 420-page Deluxe Hardcover Edition.
Some artists fade away after they die, but not Elvis! His legacy is just as diverse as it is relevant 45 years later. This new volume holds "everything Elvis Presley" from one of the best Elvis years of the past decade, on 420 pages. Literall making it the biggest edition in the series until now!
FIRST REVIEWS FOR ELVIS Day By Day 2022
REVIEW BY MICHAEL SANDER
Kees Mouwen has just published the 5th volume in his ‘Elvis Day By Day’ yearbook series. With the 2022 edition just out, which includes two articles co-written by me and Kees - a modest 10-page contribution on a total of 420 pages - I thought it was time for a review. Despite my participation, I tried to be completely objective.
By Michael Sander.
Shortly after the announcement of the release of this new volume you could read the usual comments on various forums; “what's the point of this book when you can basically read most of it online?” Well, you could say the same thing about fan club magazines, although there is still the difference as the latter are not limited to today’s Elvis news and new releases, but also cover a wide variation of other Elvis topics. Nevertheless, the new releases with the corresponding reviews, are often the most interesting reads for me.
You could think of Kees' books as a collection of bundled 1 year fan-club magazines. And anyone who is a member of a fan club is probably well taken care of with their fan-club magazines. These fans know that the reviews they read in their favorite Elvis magazines are, in most cases, much more in-depth than what they find online. The articles in these magazines are usually written by experts who usually don’t participate or write (much) online. This is what makes these physical paper releases so great!
About the book
It's the same with Kees Mouwen’s book, the core of the book are the numerous and detailed reviews. Although I've been following all the new releases throughout the year, I actually discovered a few that I somehow didn't really pay attention to during the year, but which in retrospect, turn out to be interesting. The new mix of ‘Elvis Is Back’, released by the Danish Memphis Mansion record label as ‘Soldier Boy 53310761’ is one such example.
Anyone who thinks that the reviews are all taken from the corresponding websites is wrong. On the contrary I should say, the majority of the reviews is written specifically for the book. Several of the reviews and articles written by Kees himself were previously published on his blog, so he is both the main contributor and competition to his own book. But presented on paper, with the additional illustrations and pictures, it looks and reads a lot better than online.
Speaking of “reading better”, the large print is very pleasant too. There are books that make you lose interest, because you first need to find a pair of glasses before you can actually read it. The author consistently uses paragraphs separated by blank lines in the text - a virtue sometimes forgotten by writers - that makes reading it a real pleasure. The great advantage of a book is also that it has a table of contents, which makes it easy to find any review. How often does it happen that I want to read something again online, but have to search forever to find it. This is something you won’t find online that often.
As for the further structure of the book, it is a chronological listing of all events and new releases, as we know it from the author’s Day By Day website. This listing is divided into three columns per page, with the corresponding photos and the official text and publicity blurbs from the publishers.
I said I would be objective, so to be honest, I'm still skipping these pages at the moment, because they consist of a lot of still well-known releases - news that happened not all that long ago - so it doesn't contain anything new at the moment. The official press releases and announcements of future releases are often just exaggerated advertising and usually unnecessarily long. The author once stated that he writes reference books, “to preserve future memorabilia / content in a digital world where everything disappears after a while … and don’t we all love books with old newspaper clippings, advertisements and so on?”.
That said, the listing of all these new items makes a lot of sense and does make the book colorful in the truest sense of the word. There is no saving on pictures, everything is illustrated. Visually, the books are real treats, beautiful colors on quality paper and, as I said, very pleasant to read.
The reviews are inserted at the appropriate place and stand out visually. Apart from the table of contents, you can clearly see where the next review starts when you flip through the book. And you can see right away whether a release has any relevance. Positive or negative, all essential releases are presented with a review. With the abundance of reviews, however, it is now difficult to go into further details. As an example I want to show you the Follow That Dream ‘It Happened at the world’s Fair’ LP review, which I think is spot-on.
My first thought, like last year, was what a ton of work must have gone into these books. You can only do that if you're an absolute hardcore fan. Even if a lot of content could be read on the author's website over the course of the year, it still has to be checked, corrected, and sometimes rewritten, illustrated and designed for publication in a physical book. The care and attention to detail that Kees also shows on his website can be found here too.
What is particularly pleasant, as I also know from working with him, is that Kees always maintains the necessary objectivity. Even for fans who are well informed this is exciting, because you may not always share the same opinion or have reservations about a release, but here you get to read perspectives from him and other fans, authors and Elvis experts that shed a different light on some releases.
For me personally, the whole book could be just the reviews, those alone would be worth it, but the mix makes it more attractive in the end. A complete Elvis year, summarized in a book, unique in this completeness and a nice yearbook to browse through every now and then. And in a few years it may grow into a that future reference the author mentioned earlier, just like the old Elvis Specials and magazines.
Thanks you for the honest review Michael, much appreciated and it motivates me to continue the series!
REVIEW BY ADRIAN TEDESCHI
Adrian Tedeschi received his copy of ‘Elvis Day By Day 2022’ and allowed me to share his first impressions:
Just to let you know the books arrived yesterday and all i can say is WOW!
When I eventually opened the packages (initially thought it was the new ‘On Tour’ set) I had a quick flick through or so I thought! I was literally still reading it going back and forth over the pages 2 hours later! I don't know where the time went but that shows me what an enjoyable and great product it is.
If I can compare it to other book releases, I have never, when receiving a new Lorentzen book, spent 2 hours let alone 1 browsing it as I always feel so let down by the over promise under delivery of his books. I cannot believe the amount of products released worldwide that go largely unnoticed, sure we know all about the imports from the FECC-forum and the like, but some of the other lesser known stuff is incredible.
I must admit when you released your first volume I was really skeptical thinking why do you need a book when it’s all on the net, well I am truly converted these books are as invaluable as a discography in my eyes .
Great work Kees, SUPERB in fact!
Thanks Adrian, I really appreciate the kind words; guess you really need to read it, to get to know, understand and like :-) the concept of this series.
Anthony Stuchbury summed it up nicely: "Once again Kees Mouwen provides an essential reference book for all things Elvis from 2022. You just can’t beat dipping into a real book for this kind of thing, and personally, to me, it’s easier on the eye than keep looking at a damn screen!"
REVIEW BY GIUSEPPE CASTIGLIA
Giuseppe Castiglia shared his first impressions of the 2022 edition of ‘Elvis Day By Day’.
I have to say that I have zero knowledge on design, but I can tell what looks good on the eye. First of all, the graphics within the book are excellent! I love that everything has a corresponding picture to it. Items gone at auction, magazines, records etc. The reader is never left to imagine what the subject of the article / write up, looks like.
I love the use of different colors for the pages that match the background or main color of the item displayed. I enjoy also the way you take elements from a release (title or logo), blow it up and place within the article, it looks really good. Love the bright colors and the fact that you made sure the text is easy to read, very important.
The articles are, as usual, varied and well written. I enjoyed your review ‘Boston '71 Back To Back’, very comprehensive, the "ELVIS’ soundtrack and others. I really appreciate your honest review of ‘Prodigy’ and ‘The Airplanes and the King’ books. It is important for a book like yours to stay impartial and occasionally criticize when needed.
I though the audio analysis of FTD’s ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ was exceptional! I really enjoyed that one. The best of the best for me, is the review of the movie ‘ELVIS’. Rogier Van Luyken has delivered the best and most intelligent overview of this biopic. I have found that people in the Elvis world are too emotionally attached to the subject to be able to relax for 2 hours and 40 minutes and enjoy a great performance.
It makes me smile how people got upset because they're not included in the movie or they feel they should have been involved somehow. Then there are the ones that don't know the difference between a documentary and a biopic that complain about mistakes. Baz knows very well that ‘Trouble’, was recorded in '58-for example, but he needed it at that point to help the story and it's very effective. Rogier’s review is very thorough and pleasant to read. I particularly like what he says about the positive financial impact Elvis had on movie studios, something that has been forgotten. He really "got it" and does an amazing job illustrating it. Magnificent!
Alanna Nash's interview is interesting, even more when she moves on from the movie discussion. I thought ‘The Lost Session’ FTD release deserved more, but I'm being picky. It's great to read about the many books that have come out, there are so many that you need some sort of guide to decide the ones that are worth reading and your book helps immensely. Interesting interview with the Polish collector. How interesting would be talking to someone from Poland when Elvis was alive to hear what it was like back then.
These are some of the thing that stand out for me, on my first read. I hope you can find these comments of use to you, I know how important feedback is when we present a project that we invested a lot in. Before I go back to read the rest, let me thank you again for allowing me to share some of my thoughts in your book.
Giuseppe Castiglia, January 2023.
All I can say is, “thank you, thank you very much!”, this really inspires my to continue the series.
ABOUT THE 2022 Yearbook BOOK
Four and a half decades, that's how long it has been since the world lost Elvis Presley. After some entertainers pass away, they fade away too. Not Elvis! His legacy is just as diverse as it is relevant 45 years later.
If the memory of his greatness and uniqueness as a musical artist has slightly faded over the past years, the stunning No. 1 Hollywood blockbuster 'ELVIS', starring Austin Butler as the man himself and Oscar-winner Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker, is a powerful reminder of what an unmatched giant musical and showbiz force he was - and continues to be. And did you hear the soundtrack for the 2022 biopic? Elvis, side-by-side with contemporary artists, really rocked! Confirming once more that his life and legacy still influence pop culture today.
But there was more that made 2022 another great Elvis year. After 50 years we finally got all the concerts from 'Elvis On Tour', remastered and remixed to perfection by audio-engineer Matt Ross-Spang, just like he did with the 'Aloha from Hawaii' album. From the Follow that Dream collectors label we got the ‘Lost Album Sessions’, new concerts and vinyl re-issues. Official and bootleg labels treated us with many new titles containing new concert performances or alternate recordings, while others offered us newly created stereo mixes. Also hot this year was fan shot 8mm concert footage, especially the combination of remastered concert on CD with the live footage included on DVD proved to be a favorite among fans.
The ’Elvis Day By Day 2022’ yearbook covers all the movie released on DVD and Blu-ray, new music releases on CD, vinyl, cassette-tape and digital platforms. Also included are books from all corners of the world on his all aspects of his life, faith, the SUN recordings, the German and U.K. and LP catalogues, the marketing of his first movies, his cars, planes, pilot and much more.
Added to all the news, this 2022 yearbook contains 55 reviews on all the important releases, including the year’s Top 10 must-have releases and warnings which ones to stay-away from and an in-depth interview with renowned Elvis-author Alanna Nash, talking about Colonel Parker and the 2022 biopic and more. Yes, Elvis still matters today, and with this 5th volume in the series - over 70 pages bigger than the 2021 edition! - you hold the proof in your hands.
The foreword is written by Elvis World's Phil Gelormine.
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Have You Heard The News?
Elvis Presley left us 45 years ago, yet hardly a day goes by without news on new music, book or movie release, magazine article or advertisement that still features Elvis as a reference point.
The www.ElvisDayByDay.com blog covers "everything Elvis Presley" that happens around the world since 2010. In 2020, celebrating 10 years on-line, the blog published the first physical 'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review' yearbook through Poplar Tunes Publishing. So far volumes on 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 have been released. The latest volume on 2022 was released January 2023. All books are available as paperback and as hardcover editions.
ELVIS DAY BY DAY 2022 OUT IN JANUARY 2023
Poplar Tunes Publishing announced the January 2023 release of volume 5 in the 'Elvis Day By Day - The Year In Review' series. This new edition covers everything Elvis Presley from 2022 on almost 400 pages.
What a great year it was for Elvis fans with Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' #1 movie and soundtrack putting Elvis back in the spotlight. Add to that the 50th Anniversary release of 'On Tour', FTD's 'Aloha', classic hits, albums, concerts and alternate takes in mono, stereo and HD-quality on CD, vinyl, DVD and 4K Ultra HD discs. Interesting books on Elvis' musical catalogue, the SUN years, airplanes, pilot, manager, cars, jewelry, concert tours and much more. 'Elvis Day By Day 2022' contains it all, with a foreword by Elvis World's Phil Gelormine.
Literally, a great addition your Elvis library, available January 2023.
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MEMPHIS VOYAGER INTERVIEW (May '22)
When I was in Memphis a long time ago, I picked up a copy of the Memphis Voyager I never would have thought that one day the The Memphis Voyager would feature an interview with me on the story behind my Elvis Day By Day blog and Elvis Yearbooks. #proud!
You can read the story on the >>> Memphis Voyager website.
Elvis and poplar Tunes
Back in the fifties Elvis Presley loved to shop at the Memphis based Poplar Tunes record store, and check the sales of his latest records too. It also was the first shop to sell an Elvis Presley record, the SUN release 'That's Alright Mama'. Here you see Elvis with WHBQ deejay Dewey Phillips - the first DJ to play an Elvis record - and co-founder of Poplar Tunes, Joe Coughi.
PRESERVING Elvis History
Since the mid-fifties paper newsletters and fan club magazines were the main medium to share information about 'everything Elvis Presley' every few months. Around 2000 the internet changed everything. Fan club websites, (specialized) news sites and social media became the new and 24/7 up-to-date Elvis news sources, connecting fans worldwide and 'real-time'.
Fans moved from off-line to on-line and for fan clubs it became more difficult to fill their magazines with news and up-to-date content for their subscribers. Several magazines disappeared or changed their focus from news to articles and photographs, sharing the latest Elvis news through the fan club's on-line channels.
With all that news mainly available online and in part in fan-club magazines I decided to create Elvis Presley Yearbooks. These 'Elvis Day By Day' books offer a comprehensive and illustrated chronology of ‘everything Elvis per year’ in one physical reference book. Including the good, the bad, the sad and even the news and reviews you may have missed.
The books come with additional long-reads, in-depth reviews, articles and interviews on the main releases by the author and a wide range of Elvis-experts, Elvis-authors and Elvis fans from around the world, all sharing their expert and personal opinions and perspectives on the main releases of the year.
The books feature contributions by Carlos R. Ares and Carlos Varrenti (Argentina), Piers Beagley, Nigel Patterson and Geoffrey McDonnell (Australia), Andy Pendl (Austria), Robert Gilbert (Canada), Michael Sander and Thomas D. Weiß (Germany), Rogier van Luyken (The Netherlands), Giuseppe Castiglia (United Kingdom), Phil Gelormine and Trina Young (United States) for your advice and inspiring contributions to this series. The combination of the news with your reviews and articles helped to create a more complete and more interesting year in review. Great to see Elvis still connects fans around the world!
I'm proud to say that Elvis authors Alanna Nash and Paul F. Belard wrote the foreword for the 2020 and 2018 editions, Elvis songwriter Michael Jarrett wrote the foreword for the 2021 edition and Elvis World's Elvis Expert and Fan Phil Gelormine wrote the foreword for Elvis Day By Day 2022.