When The Beatles Met Elvis: How to review this audio book by Chris Hutchins, a former journalist and tour manager who was there when it happened. It is published as a book, but comes as a 3 CD set.
The 3 CD set comes in a cardboard sleeve with three slim line CD-cases. The cover contains pictures of both Elvis and the Beatles, but none of the famous meeting.
The first disc is a real negative one. Chris Hutchens claims that Elvis, high on drugs, considered Lennon to be the Anti-Christ and should be kept out of the country or be killed. Further he claims that Elvis was spying on behalf of the FBI (Edgar Hoover) on subversive entertainers like the Beatles. Tom Jones being his ”boy wonder” talking about this in Las Vegas.
Both Elvis and John Lennon were described as emotional crippled, both hanging to their mothers. The strange thing is that both men who had a kind of the same (poor) background and both made it from rags to riches could have been the best of friends but were to become the worst of enemies due to (personal) circumstances (friends, career, drugs etcetera). Besides these remarks we hear several negative claims like Elvis’ mother dying of alcohol abuse and so on. We skipped the remainder of the disk; it simply wasn’t a pleasant CD.
The second disc is slightly better, it tells the story of the Beatles’ conquest of America and the links with Elvis. The story, again told from the Beatles point of view does put down Elvis between the lines and in favour of the Beatles.
The third disk starts with Elvis listening to ”Sgt. Peppers” trying to find anti American propaganda and encoded messages on drugs … the last tabloid kind of story we decided to listen to, so we put on an Elvis disc.
The author can be described a storyteller. Both for the presentation of the book on a CD, but more for the tabloid like storytelling of the relation between Elvis and the Beatles. For those Beatle fans that enjoy the Elvis – Beatles duel, this can be a nice book, and everyone on Elvis’ hand better skip this tabloid. Too bad that a person who was present at the historic meeting between these musical greats had to go so low…
Source: Elvis News