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Jerry Hopkins Died

June 06, 2018 | People

Jerry Hopkins, well-known Rolling Stone journalist, who published 1971's 'Elvis: A Biography' and later 'Elvis: The Final Years' (1981) and more then thirty other books died in Bangkok, Thailand on June 3rd after a long illness. He was 82.

Hopkins is also known for his Jimm Morrison / Doors biography 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' which topped the New York Times bestseller chart and was credited by many with helping kick-start The Doors' revival and was used as the basis for Oliver Stone's 1991 movie.
"It's sad to say goodbye," says Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. "Jerry was from the founding generation of Rolling Stone. He was a good friend." 

In the aftermath of the 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' success Hopkins turned his attention nearly full-time to books, writing nearly 40 biographies on everyone from David Bowie to Jimi Hendrix to Don Ho. Hopkins lived in Hawaii for a period and also published 'Elvis In Hawaii' in 2002.

Source:Elvis Information Network
LarsG wrote on June 13, 2018
In 1970 I got a letter from Jerry asking if I got any answers from readers of Elvis Monthly where I had placed a plea for information of Elvis chart placing in the Billboard magazine. He wrote that he was almost finished with a biography on Elvis. I sent him the information I had and got a very kind letter in reply. When the movie "That´s the way it is" was released he sent me av very nice press-kit including some stunning photos from the film (still have it). He was also kind enough to help me with a paper I was doing in school on american radio. He also from time to time during the seventies sent me post cards from different places. He was a nice man whom I will miss.