Elvis Is King: Costello's My Aim Is True

Elvis Is King: Costello's My Aim Is True

Richard Crouse / Jan 20, 2021

Elvis Is King Costello s My Aim Is True An explosive groundbreaking album that crowned a new king of rock in just minutes Before Elvis Costello was one of Rolling Stone s greatest artists of all time before he was inducted into the Roc

  • Title: Elvis Is King: Costello's My Aim Is True
  • Author: Richard Crouse
  • ISBN: 9781770411883
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • An explosive, groundbreaking album that crowned a new king of rock in just 33 minutes Before Elvis Costello was one of Rolling Stone s greatest artists of all time, before he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was Declan P McManus, an office drone with a dull suburban life and a side gig in a pub rock band In 1976, under the guidance of legendary labelAn explosive, groundbreaking album that crowned a new king of rock in just 33 minutesBefore Elvis Costello was one of Rolling Stone s greatest artists of all time, before he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was Declan P McManus, an office drone with a dull suburban life and a side gig in a pub rock band In 1976, under the guidance of legendary label Stiff Records, he transformed himself into the snarling, spectacled artist who defied the musical status quo to blaze the trail for a new kind of rock star with his debut album, My Aim Is True.In Elvis Is King, Richard Crouse examines how the man, the myth, and the music of this arrestingly original album smashed the trends of the era to bridge the gap between punk and rock n roll.

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    About "Richard Crouse"

      • Richard Crouse

        Richard Crouse is the regular film critic for CTV s Canada AM , CTV s 24 hour News Channel and CP24 His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, Entertainment Extra, originates on NewsTalk 1010 He is also the author of six books on pop culture history including Raising Hell Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils and The 100 Best Movies You ve Never Seen, and writes two weekly columns for Metro newspaper He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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    1. Elvis Is King: Costello's My Aim Is True by Richard Crouse is the story of the making of a star and a record. Crouse is the regular film critic for CTV’s Canada AM, CTV’s 24-hour News Channel and CP24. His syndicated Saturday afternoon radio show, "Entertainment Extra," originates on NewsTalk 1010. He is also the author of six books on pop culture history.I found several interesting things in this book. Being the same age as the author and raised just on the other side of the border we would [...]


    2. I bought Elvis Costello’s “My Aim is True” when I was in high school. As I lived in a small, Midwestern town in a rural area of Illinois, this made me an outlier in music appreciation. At the time, hard rock was de rigeuer, especially the type made in America. Nevertheless, I was attracted to the wonky look of Elvis, the attitude, the sound, and the songs of being inept at love. This book describes Elvis’ start, early Stiff Records history, and ends with a description of the making of th [...]



    3. Elvis is King – and I don’t mean Presley. Those of you who were born in the in the ‘70s or before and were into “alternative” music (not pop, metal, or just plain rock) will know what I’m talking about. For the rest of you, you are definitely missing a great artist and album.Richard Crouse’s Elvis is king. Costello’s My Aim is True was written for ECW Press’s Pop Classics series. Crouse tells us of Declan MacManus, his transformation to Elvis Costello and the making of his firs [...]


    4. 'Elvis is King: Costello's My Aim Is True' by Richard Crouse is a true fan account of the early days of Elvis Costello. When I say early, I mean just until a little after the release of his first record My Aim Is True.We get the early days of Declan P. McManus, including his early work in pub bands, and the influence his parents played. We find the lucky confluence of an angry young office drone and a spunky recording label called Stiff Records. Declan transforms to Elvis and finds fame even tho [...]


    5. In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book for free through First Reads. As a teenager in the late 1970's, my initial musical interest centered around progressive rock bands such as YES, Genesis, Renaissance, David Bowie, etc,Progressive rock bands struggled with losing connection with their audiences, as concerts became grander with more special effects. At this time, disco music gained in popularity. I totaling rejected disco, but enthusiastically jumped head first in to the emer [...]


    6. Fun read, even though anyone could have done it: It's a collection of secondary sources run together in a sensible outline. Loved the story of Stiff Records, a kind of sound-factory-meets-third-place that helped launch the New Wave.



    7. Interesting look at an influential chapter in music history. As a Costello fan, I was intrigued to read about how he came to the music scene, and what influenced him.


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