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Alfred Wertheimer's New Book on Elvis Featured on "The Guardian"

February 12, 2013

On the cusp of stardom, a new book titled Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll captures Elvis during a time when he was relatively unknown and features several rare, never-before-seen photographs. Hear from Alfred Wertheimer, the man famous for taking photos of Elvis' controversial and revolutionary rise to fame, in a new article on

"Just a week after Wertheimer and Elvis first met, the singer's debut album for the major label was released. It became the first rock 'n' roll album to reach number one in the Billboard charts and marked the start of Presley's dramatic entry into the mainstream," writes The Guardian.

Wertheimer is known for capturing the king during the '50s including photos from the legendary Stage Show appearances, personal images of Elvis with his family in Memphis and his enlistment to the U.S. Army. Wertheimer describes what it was like to work with Elvis before he became known as the King of Rock 'n' Roll and gives details about their first encounter.

"My initial impression was that offstage he was a shy person, but he also permitted closeness," elaborates Wertheimer. "Elvis seemed to instinctively understand the process I was involved in, which was to get as close as I could using a small camera and available light."

Read the entire article about Alfred Wertheimer's time photographing Elvis by visiting Elvis fans can see Alfred Wertheimer's complete collection by visiting Want to learn more about the king's legacy? Plan a rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Graceland with our free online trip planner!