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My Vegas Life by Dominic Parisi

I got this memoir of Dominic Parisi’s because it was about his life working at the Las Vegas Hilton, which was originally the International Hotel and is currently the Westgate Las Vegas Resort.  This is the hotel that Elvis built. Elvis still holds the record for the most consecutive sold [continue reading]

October 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Baby Doll by Carroll Baker

I just got this first edition autographed memoir of Carroll Baker’s titled Baby Doll. I was interested in Carroll because she costarred with James Dean in Giant. But come to find out, Baker also starred in the controversial movies Baby Doll and The Carpetbaggers and had quite an interesting [continue reading]

October 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Winking at Life by Wink Martindale

I have had Wink Martindale’s Winking at Life for a while. I think I got it around 2010 at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Wink’s home town. It was the Jackson Rockabilly Festival flier in it that gave me the clue to the books origin. Originally I bought Wink’s memoir because [continue reading]

October 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Jimmy & Me by Lew Bracker

Lew Bracker’s memoir Jimmy & Me of his 16-month friendship with James Dean made me cry. I mean I knew it was coming yet I still cried when Lew described that horrible night on September 30, 1955. In fact, Lew’s account had such an effect on me I ordered the record for East of Eden, [continue reading]

October 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Graceland Gates by Harold Loyd

This book was a treasure I didn’t know I had acquired. I bought it this past Elvis Week, the 40th Anniversary, just because it was signed by the author and looked old. I either bought it at the Book Sale at Marlowe’s or at Elvis Con. Either way I was just gathering up all the books I [continue reading]

October 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

The James Dean Story by Ronald Martinetti

James Dean has always been one of my favorites. I have had a few of his biographies for years, but never go around to reading them. I am not sure what sparked my current James Dean obsession the past month, but I am in the middle of it. I ordered many memoirs by his friends and girlfriends and [continue reading]

October 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

Natalie A Memoir By Her Sister Lana Wood

I just recently purchased this first edition Natalie Wood biography in the middle of my current James Dean obsession and after watching Rebel Without a Cause – although my favorite Natalie Wood movie is Splendor in the Grass. I like to get memoirs or autobiographies, rather than biographies, [continue reading]

October 16, 2017 // 1 Comment