- Behind The Image - The Book - Volume 2
the release of "Elvis: Behind The Image"
Volume 1- The book and its unbelievable success
it was decided to do a different genre instead
of focusing on a sequel. That's why the concert
book "Elvis: Born To Rock" was released
with the DVD "Elvis: Behind The Image 2"
it was the same situation we know from the great
Hollywood movie history:
There, second parts are mostly a cheap copy
of the successful first part, the original.
The numerous fan reactions and the positive
praises (see "In
The Press") didn't let this product
remain a product during the months after the
release, but they elevated it to an institution.
It was quickly agreed that with BTI the book
a classic had been created and that this ingenious
format shouldn't be used to cannabalize this
more than famous name.
Bud Glass and the complete Praytome Publishing
Team didn't only considered it a challenge but
a mission to create a worthy second part as
follower of the book the fans call lovingly
"Queen of Candids".
the problem resulted, to not only create something
but to improve something good - not an easy task for
Bud Glass for the second part of his series..
In editorial staff conferences for hours all pros
and cons were compared to each other and a concept
for the promising book project "Elvis: Behind
The Image 2 - Welcome To His World" was created.
What composed the charm of the predecessor should
remain in the second part and should be complemented
with new features:
The original style should remain so that the reader
quickly feels homelike again. Despite the original
artwork should be improved by several detail advancements,
evolution instead of revolution was the motto.
Like on all BG Productions we attached also in this
book great importance to the information content and
it should not only be a book which contains random
pictures on a single page but if possible precise
details concerning place and date as well as authentic
stories of people which were there on the different
occasions. Equally important for the producers were
background information you can get through newspaper
articles or show reviews.
Photos which have lost color intensity due to their
age, should be post-worked. We wanted to use every
possible technological help to remove kinks, cracks
or stains to come up to the historic photos.
*Cost & Performance
Due to the fans reacting positive to the improved
paper quantity and print quality in the "Born
To Rock"- book, we decided to use the same material
on this project, the "BTR paper" to achieve
again excellent results. While BTI 1 the book covered
the years 1966-1975 we wanted to cover a larger time
frame of Elvis's life in the new release. But, however,
to attach the same importance to every decade of Elvis's
life we used considerable more photos, which led of
course to a higher number of pages. This means for
the customer and fan more quality, more content while
the already low cost / performance ratio, which was
already established by the predecessor, was maintained.
Worth mentioning is that the book is a totally independent
project, like the predecessors BTI book/DVD and that
it differs from the DVD according to the content.
The only parallel is that the book also deals with
the private and personal side of Elvis and shows the
man "Behind The Image".
The producers were especially pleased when it became
clear, that the dream team of the predecessor could
be united again. Sandi Miller's unique journals let
the private Elvis seem so human and are in addition
interesting and exciting. Besides Sandi's memories,
the producers were able to include further stories
and reports from contemporary witnesses so that previously
not so famous or totally new impressions could be
documented for the fan world. The stories are being
impressively illustrated by photos Sandi Miller took
herself at that time and further candids, which derive
from the impressive Russ Howe archive (www.KingCandids.com).
Photos were also used from The Bob Klein Archives
well as from many other generous fans who were happy
to share their collections with the author for this
great new production.
We want to thank the eye witnesses who did not only
make their stories but also their photos available
for this unique work. Bud Glass took great care that
these photos were presented in an appropriate and
Translation by Nadine Schwenk
Elvis - Behind The Image - The Book - Volume 2