Field Guide to Elvis Shrines



Newly Updated Edition With GPS-Ready Addresses

by Bill Yenne

“It’s enough to wear out several pairs of blue suede shoes.” - The New Times

This is your guide to hundreds of places where Elvis lived, played, performed, recorded, made movies, attended church, ate, drank or swiveled his hips. Also included are the places where he was born, where he died, where he is buried and the many shrines that exist so his memory will never die.

  • Walking and driving tours of Memphis, Tupelo, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and more

  • Every home — from Bel Air to Memphis — that Elvis ever owned or lived in

  • Every concert hall, auditorium, or other site, in over 30 states, where he performed

  • Explanations of the historical significance of the sites

  • Addresses are listed, so the sites are easy to find with GPS!

  • With its detailed text, The Field Guide to Elvis Shrines is as useful for the armchair traveler as it is for the traveler diving his or her 1959 Cadillac through the streets of Memphis or Las Vegas.
This book is organized regionally, beginning in the South and proceeding to the North and the West. The starting point is Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born, and the third stop is in Memphis, Tennessee — 88 miles to the northwest — where he grew up and spent much of his adult life.

In tracing the history of Elvis’ life and times — the archeology of Elvis if you will — one finds that the passage of time has wrought many changes. Some sites — such as those in Tupelo, Mississippi — have gone unchanged, while in other cases, the original building still exists, but it is hardly recognizable.

Among other things, Bill Yenne is the author/packager of several successful Elvis books including I Am Elvis: A Guide to Elvis Impersonators, which The Baltimore Sun called “Perhaps the most important Elvis Presley book of the hundreds already published.”  Other important Elvis titles produced by Yenne and his team was the classic Elvis cookbook Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis’ Favorite Recipes.


Media Praise for The Field Guide To Elvis Shrines by Bill Yenne

  It’s enough to wear out several pairs of blue suede shoes.
  —— The New York Times

  Everyone says “Elvis lives,” but Bill Yenne did something about it.
  —— PLAYBOY Magazine

  Comprehensive guide to finding monuments to the hunka burnin’ love, complete with maps, directions, and elaborate descriptions.
  —— Entertainment Weekly

  If Elvis bought a house, stayed in a motel, ate in a cafeteria, checked into a hospital, graced a movie set, bought a motorcycle, opened a bank account or gave a concert, that place and its Elvis history will be listed here.
  —— Toni Stroud, The Chicago Tribune

  Almost anywhere you travel, you’re likely to run into reminders of Elvis. “The Field Guide to Elvis Shrines” makes it easy to find them.
  —— Richard B. Carpenter, The Boston Globe

  Every Elvis fan should have this book!
  —— Randy Aschienbrenner, KSKE-Radio

  For the obsessed Presley fan, Yenne’s “Shrines” is the perfect field guide.
  —— Mike Harden, Scripps Howard News Service

  It’s really a fascinating book. . . well thought out and really well researched. . . If you’re an Elvis fan. . . it’s a great guide to some really cool stuff!
  —— Nick DiGilio, WGN-Radio, Chicago

  San Francisco-based writer Bill Yenne. . . has an Elvis mini-industry. He has written ‘‘The Field Guide to Elvis Shrines,’’ ‘‘I Am Elvis: A Guide to Elvis Impersonators,’’ and co-written ‘‘All the King’s Things: The Ultimate Elvis Memorabilia Book.’’
  —— By John Bordsen, Elvis News (www.elvisnews.com/articles)