Comeback 68 Elvis: The Story of The Elvis Special will be the perfect addition to your Elvis Presley library! This 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book features the Behind-The-Scenes story from Steve Binder, Producer/Director of ELVIS: '68 Comeback Special.
Comeback 68 Elvis: The Story of The Elvis Special delves into the dynamic (and often intimate) stories behind the performances by The King of Rock & Roll during the iconic, now legendary, evergreen landmark “Comeback” NBC broadcast on December 3, 1968.
The stunning book begins with a heartfelt accolade penned by Priscilla Presley and includes beautiful original photographs and never-before-seen memorabilia from the personal archives of the book’s author and the show’s conceptualist, producer and director, Steve Binder.
As a trusted visionary, Binder’s narrative brings to life the biggest television event of 1968 and one that is still enjoyed today by fans all over the world. He captures the behind-the-scenes tug of war between himself and Colonel Parker as they fought for their competing visions. That Steve Binder won is evident as the result was an iconic and life-changing event, enjoyed by millions of American viewers that evening in December 1968 and has been talked about ever since…Elvis’ most defining hour.
The showcase was all about Elvis, exposed and raw, where during the set, DJ Fontana beat his drumsticks against a guitar case rather than a drum kit. Elvis seamlessly migrates from acoustic to electric guitar, this was Elvis, unplugged — before the “unplugged” concept ever existed.
The book includes various segments and insights from the intimate in-the-round jam sessions to big production numbers with dancers, a full band and an orchestra. The show culminates with the iconic performance of “If I Can Dream” with Elvis dressed all in white standing in front of a marquee of 310 red lights spelling E-L-V-I-S – something that would become a trademark element of his performances.
Book author Steve Binder recalls:
“Meeting Elvis not only changed Elvis’ life … but mine as well. Who would have thought that 50 years later, Elvis would be as popular, if not more so, than when we had the opportunity to work together on the NBC Comeback Special. Memories I will never forget.”
- 192 Pages
- Striking Elvis photos and never-before-seen memorabilia from Steve Binder’s personal archives