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Elvis Day by Day

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Elvis Presley, Elvis Day by Day

Guralnick, who recently published volume 2 of his definitive Presley biography, works with record producer Jorgensen on Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music, a highly entertaining, if rather unattractively designed, time line.

Is it really that improbable that, as it turns out, something interesting happened to the King nearly every 24 hours of his existence? Commencing with the usual biographical marking posts, ”Day by Day” becomes at once assiduously businesslike (noting every concert booked, every fee paid, nearly every contract drawn up and signed) and expansively surreal (Elvis watches ”Dr. Strangelove” no fewer than five times in August 1964; he takes his only LSD trip the day after Christmas 1965 while watching the movie ”The Time Machine” and eating take-out pizza). At the least, fascinating; depending on your degree of interest in the subject, probably invaluable.