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Colonel Parker - Hero or Heel

November 24, 2021 | Book

With Baz Luhrmann's new ELVIS biopic being released next year and focussing on Elvis' relationship with Col Parker his manager, UK Fan Club President Todd Slaughter has announced the release of his new book, 'Colonel Parker - Hero or Heel'. Out April 2022.
The subtitle 'Godverdomme' is Dutch for 'God-damn'! 
As Elvis fan-club President Todd Slaughter frequently corresponded with Col Parker, and of course it would be Parker who helped arrange the tickets for Elvis' concerts as well as the chance for Todd Slaughter to actually meet with Elvis.

Slaughter's book will no doubt suggest that, despite his minor faults, Col Parker was a hero. 
Others closer to Elvis and Parker might say otherwise...
Red West, "I'd like to know who says he's the greatest manager. It couldn't have been anybody that was around Elvis."
Marty Lacker, "In my opinion Parker never was concerned about Elvis' well being and his bullshit after Elvis died was to always say "he only did what Elvis wanted him to do".
Elvis should have gotten rid of him around 1962... I blame Parker's actions for a big part of Elvis relying on pills to escape his mental well-being."

Source:Elvis Information Network
Milky White Way wrote on November 28, 2021
Certainly won’t be buying this book. I have my opinions on Parker and if I wrote a book, it would not be a pleasant read. Elvis needed a year off and a challenge. I heard Elvis was going to sack him in Sept 77 and publicly talk to his fans on stage at his upcoming Memphis concert about his personal problems. If only…
PageBoy wrote on November 29, 2021
My view is that Colonel Parker wanted to cash in Elvis's formidable talent to the nth degree and had little or no interest in The King's artistic reputation, capability or integrity. But then that also seems to be true of Elvis, who - perhaps traumatised and understandably wanting to distance himself from an impoverished childhood - waited until the late '60's, nearly a decade too late, before looking to salvage the credibility he'd destroyed in no budget Hollywood musicals and a deficient parallel recording career. Even then, Elvis's masterplan (performer of mature, sophisticated, cutting-edge pop songs) was over ina flash, failing to survive first contact with the lucrative alternatives offered by Las Vegas cabaret engagements and the Country music market. Blaming Colonel Parket for the missteps in Elvis's career patronises and infantalises The King. Elvis Presley was an adult who made some very good choices and, as we all do, some spectacularly bad ones - it humanises him to say so and makes his achievements more noble still.
Gorse2 wrote on December 01, 2021
I don't pretend to know what Elvis thought or whatever the deep psychological pressures he might have been under brought on by life and its consequences, and do not care to offer an analysis. I do believe however that by keeping him away from soul searching interviews and world tours etc. Colonel Parker created wittingly or unwittingly a mysterious type Greta Garbo type figure bolstered additionally by his early passing into an everlasting legend.