|Pages/Publication Date:||304 / 2019|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
The conventional wisdom is that Las Vegas is what destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs and eccentric behavior that culminated in his death at the age of 42. Taking a different point of view, Richard Zoglin argues that Vegas is where Elvis resurrected his career and helped the city transform itself into an entertainment mecca. Revisiting the Rat Pack era and Elvis's 1960s career doldrums, Zoglin relates how the King opened the door to a new generation of pop/rock performers, and brought in a mass audience from Middle America that Vegas depends on for its success to this day.