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Author Charles Stone "My Life with Elvis & The Colonel" in Finland

Praytome Publishing - author Charles Stone (My Years with Elvis & The Colonel) is actually doing shows in Finland with tribute artist Craig Parker. During the show Charles Stone comes on stage and tells little stories about his times with Elvis & The Colonel while Stone was working as a tour manager. To have an original Elvis related VIP in his country is something the local press is very excited about. They were asking for interviews and one of them was published in the Hufvudstadsbladet (see article from March 18, 2011).

You can also meet Charles Stone in Denmark as he will be there, when the Danish Fanclub "Elvis Unlimited" will have the Opening Show (Red Carpet Show) on April 15, 2011 for their museum which is called "Graceland Randers" (Ridehuset, Vaerket, Denmark).


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Publisher Gregor Retkowski and Ad van Kuijk (nephew of Colonel Parker) present the latest Praytome Publishing book "My Years With Elvis And The Colonel" by author Charles Stone

The book "My Years with Elvis & The Colonel" premiers during ElvisMatters Event in Breda

The weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Colonel's birthday is over. This event took place in Breda / The Netherlands, the hometown of Elvis Presley's manager. More than 11.000 visitors attended the event which was organized by Elvis Matters. (For more information about the event check www.colonelparker.info)

Members of the Praytome Publishing Team from Germany were invited to present the latest project, the book My Years With Elvis & The Colonel by author Charles Stone. This is definitively the very first book about "Elvis & The Colonel" that is written by a guy who was there. The storyline is based on Charles' memories, unlike previous Colonel books that were based on false assumptions and fabricated stories told by a third party.

We felt very honored when we were able to present the book to Ad van Kuijk, the nephew of Colonel Parker (see picture). A lot of people came to the booth of "Praytome Publishing" to have conversations with the members of the team and there were a lot of questions about upcoming projects, especially about the next product which is going to be the Multimedia Box Set "Dixieland Delight" by Bud Glass.

ElvisMatters also had invited author Sue McCasland from Las Vegas to talk about her Elvis' experiences. Sue attended more than 200 Elvis shows in the 1970's and also has been to the engagements at Lake Tahoe. Sue's second book entitled Elvis Presley live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe - World's Best Kept Secret was released in 2008 by Praytome Publishing. A lot of people kept her busy by asking and interviewing her about Elvis and of course people wanted to have her book signed. The book signing and the presentation of the new book by author Charles Stone were 2 out of 22 different activities during this 4day event.

June 29, 2009: Back in Germany, the packaging and mailing of the pre-orders startet. The team is looking forward to receive the first reactions and reviews which later will be made available online for you to read. In the same time we are also preparing the website for the new book so the information and content pages should be available soon.

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Gregor Retkowski supervises the printing process

Elvis On Tour '72 - Covering The Nation

Frontcover of the upcoming book by Charles Stone

ISBN: 978-3-00-027543-2

One week left until the latest Praytome Publishing book premiers at ElvisMatters Event

100 Years Parker

The complete European
Praytome Publishing Team will attend the ElvisMatters event.

www.colonelparker.info

On June 25th the 4 day event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Colonel Tom Parker starts. During this event which is organized by ElvisMatters, Praytome Publishing will present the latest release, a book by author Charles Stone.

"My Life with Elvis & The Colonel" is the title of the 128 pages hardcover book that contains the memories of Concerts West's Charles Stone who worked for Colonel Parker and the Elvis entourage in the 1970's.

As always you get an high quality product from Praytome Publishing with unreleased pictures from the archives of Charles Stone and sound engineer Bruce Jackson. Beside the paperwork you will also find a lot of stories and additional information never before told. This is definitively the very first book about "Elvis & The Colonel" that is written by a guy who was there. The storyline is based on Charles' memories, unlike previous Colonel books that were based on false assumptions and fabricated stories told by a third party.

German fans who pre-order the book before the official release date June 29, 2009 and complete the payment will receive a special bonus (free handling and shipment).

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The Praytome Publishing designer, Regina Wiegand, checks the first run of the cover printings

"My Years With Elvis & The Colonel" now in print

On June 25, Charles Stone's new book "My Years With Elvis & The Colonel" will premiere at the ElvisMatters four-day event "100 Years Parker, 1,000 Times Elvis" in Breda, The Netherlands. This latest Praytome Publishing project will be available to the Elvisworld when it debuts at this celebration of Colonel Parker's 100th birthday. For more information about the event, visit the official website www.colonelparker.info.

The weekend after next the book "My Years With Elvis & The Colonel" by Charles Stone will have its premiere during the festivities for the 100th birthday of Colonel Parker in Breda, Netherlands. The latest Praytome Publishing project will be presented to the Elvisworld during this 4-day event organized by ElvisMatters. For more information about the event visit the official website www.colonelparker.info

The printing process started last Monday at Dassel Druck.

The book will be on time for the Breda event, and fans can expect a high quality product -as always: a hardcover book with unreleased pictures allowing one an inside view of the memories of Elvis Presley's tour producer, Charles Stone.

Colonel Parker was a smart manager and naming one of Elvis' albums "Something For Everybody" was also a stroke of genius. The title not only fits the Elvis' LP, but also the content of the new book by Praytome Publishing: never-before-seen pictures, new information, new documents and paperwork, new inside views...

Today, we are happy to share with you the complete cover artwork. Below, is an image of how the back cover will look:

Stone Cover Back

The backcover of Charles Stone's book "My Years With Elvis & The Colonel"

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World premiere of Charles Stone's book about his years with Elvis and the Colonel will take place at the ElvisMatters Event, "100 Years Parker - 1000 Times Elvis"

Cover - My Years With Elvis & The Colonel

Frontcover of the upcoming book release

ISBN: 978-3-00-027543-2

We all know that with the passing of Colonel Parker in 1997, not only the person of Colonel Parker was gone forever, but also gone were all of his memories. During his lifetime, neither 'the Colonel' nor his right-hand man, Tom Diskin wrote a book about the times with Elvis.

Even though Elvis has been dead for more than thirty-one years now, Elvis fans still hunger for more and detailed background information - especially about the concert years.

Charles Stone, who was born November 8, 1943, and grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, didn't know, when he started to work for Concerts West, that one day he would work with Colonel Parker and the Elvis entourage.

Still 'Taking Care Of Business' in the Elvis world, tour producer, Charles Stone, shares his memories with Elvis fans worldwide. As tour producer for the Elvis Presley Tours in the 1970's, Charles Stone also worked closely with Colonel Tom Parker. His inside view of the business details of the Colonel and how to manage and handle the Elvis deals was something special. Charles was one of the few members who was inducted into the Colonel’s "Snowman's League" - a mysterious accommodation of the Colonel.

Along with Charles' memories, the book will present a number of private shots of Elvis on stage, a look “behind the wall" at the Colonel's private home in Palm Springs, rare shots of the sound systems, speakers and mixing boards taken and contributed by sound engineer, Bruce Jackson, and, of course, paperwork.

100 Years Parker

Charles Stone (bottom right corner) during the Elvis concert
March 11, 1974 - Hampton, VA

For the very first time, Charles Stone opens his original tour books, showing you reprinted documents and paperwork that gives you an inside view as you have never before had into the details of how the tours were produced and how things were arranged.

The rare pictures, along with the paperwork that has never before been seen, will give you a new perspective and a close-up look at how the Elvis Tours were produced.

This is definitively the very first book about "Elvis & The Colonel" that is written by a guy who was there. The storyline is based on Charles' memories, unlike previous Colonel books that were based on false assumptions and fabricated stories told by a third party.

From June 25th - June 28th, there will be a special celebration party for the 100th birthday of Colonel Parker in his hometown, Breda, The Netherlands, organized by the Belgium Fan club ElvisMatters. For more information, visit the official website for the event: www.colonelparker.info.

The close connection between Charles Stone and Colonel Parker and the 100th birthday anniversary of Elvis' famous manager make the perfect combination for the world premiere of the latest Praytome Publishing book

ElvisMatters will have the honour and exclusive privilege to have the world premiere of Charles Stone's book, My Years with Elvis and the Colonel.

The Praytome Publishing crew will also be in Breda for the event and to answer any questions you might have about this new release - or any previous releases.

Because the book will premiere at the ElvisMatters event, shipping will begin June 29, 2009. Contact your local dealer to order the book. German fans who place their order at Praytome Publishing (and pay immediately) will receive a special discount.

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