Books come no more riveting than this mini-masterpiece that reads both as an eye-opening
travelogue and close analysis of the lives - and deaths - of four all-American icons.
Marilyn Monroe. Elvis Presley. James Dean. JFK.
Their names and images are known the world over, and - as British-born author Andy Bull discovers
- they will quite simply never be forgotten.
First and foremost, on each of their death-days there are hordes of people who congregate in
a location of prime importance to mourn the passing of the relevant star.
For starters, James Dean tragically died whilst driving his beloved Little Bastard motor
car, and in remembrance of him a number of die-hard fans of the rebel without a
cause actually turn up at the actual site where he crashed and burned: at the exact
time, and on the exact day, that the accident occurred.
Even more intriguing and fascinating are the number of conspiracy theories that are
still flying about concerning the suspicious deaths of Marilyn, Elvis and good old JFK.
I guess nobody will ever know if Marilyn committed suicide or if there was some foul play in her death.
Likewise, Elvis might still be alive and kicking somewhere (there's always a chance).
Still, most conspiracy theories relate to the fatal shooting of President Kennedy back in 1963.
Lee Harvey Oswald was convicted of the killing, yet a shocking number of people still
believe that there was a huge conspiracy and that there could have been anything up to
six gunmen that sunny day in Dallas.
Andy Bull gets to meet some true characters through his research into such theories
surrounding the ever-enduring mystery surrounding the murder of JFK.
Still, perhaps the most bizarre theory uncovered in this book is that Elvis could have
been some sort of messenger from God. One lady's case is almost convincing once she
points out that God placed Elvis beside Jesus.
If you're a fan of anagrams then you best brace yourself. Just look more closely at the
declaration Jesus Lives. Yes, Lives is actually an anagram of Elvis.
What's even spookier is the fact that Elvis (or his career at the very least)
metaphorically rose from the dead in 1968 with his Comeback show.
At the time Elvis was 33 ... The same age as Jesus when he rose from the dead.
Also, in a life that rather bizarrely did seem to run in a somewhat parallel manner to
Jesus' life, Elvis' parents fled with their son from Mississippi to Tennessee after he'd
been born, just like Mary and Joseph fled with Jesus from Israel to Egypt.
Oh, and that's not to forget about the possible belief that Elvis actually knew when he was
going to die and foretold the exact date through the intro music that he used in his show.
He used the theme music from 2001. Bear in mind that Elvis died for real on 16-8-1977, and
then do the simple arithmetic: 16 + 8 + 1977 = 2001.
Well, you could say from this kind of sinister evidence that the plot has indeed thickened...
Reviews, Books - Blackpool Highflyer by Andrew Martin (Faber and Faber Ltd.) Reviewed By Cathy Walker
A novel about a Yorkshireman who is nuts about the railways and his adventures as an engine driver...
Admittedly this sounds like something that might appeal just to trainspotters, but in the
Blackpool Highflyer:, Andrew Martin:
Reviews, Books - The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck Reviewed by Steve Rudd
After the bare requisites to living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some
record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed.
He leaves his proof on wood, on stone or on the lives of other people.
This deep desire exists in everyone, from the boy Read more...
Reviews, Theatre - 15th February 05 - The Woman in White at the Palace Theatre, London By Steve Rudd
The Woman in White is the latest box-office-busting musical extravaganza from
Andrew Lloyd Webber,
based on the famous Victorian novel of the same name that was published way, way back in
1860 by the distinguished and understandably
Reviews, Theatre - GO WEST, to the South of the Thames and see National Anthems! By Steve Rudd
The West End of London city centre is a magical place, packed with cinemas and theatres.
There are always some amazing shows to be seen in such theatres, whether they are full-blown
musicals or pure drama-driven plays, and I guess the most frustrating thing about taking
a trip to
Reviews, Films - Meet The Fockers By DJ Chris Plant
Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker (Stiller) to wed his daughter (Polo),
ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes (De Niro) and his wife (Danner) travel to Detroit to meet the
parents, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker (Hoffman and Streisand),
Reviews, Books - The Butterfly Effect by Pernille Rygg Reviewed by Steve Rudd
Death is nothing to young girls, except as part of the adventure, an exciting secret
whispered by a dark lover, not something you meet one evening when you're going home to your movie or father.
Such a notion is all about to change
Reviews, Events - Comedy in Hull - A Ringside Seat - Thursday 2nd February 05 By Jim Higo
While we all sit around moaning about the lack of decent live entertainment in
Hull; Buzz Comedy Club have been doing something about it.
While we get in from work, moan again about the lack of decent live entertainment in
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It was in America that horses first roamed.
A million years before the birth of man, they grazed the vast plains of wiry grass
and crossed to other continents over bridges of rock soon severed by retreating ice.
They first knew man as the hunted knows the hunterRead more...
Reviews, Books - Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland Reviewed by Steve Rudd
I realise that by deciding not to do things, I've lost millions of threads of chance
and opportunity to have new experiences, to meet new people - to be alive, really.
So now I'm going to start doing things I'm bad at again. Heck, I'm going to do things
Reviews, Books - The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy Reviewed By Steve Rudd
The one way to be happy is to love, to love self-denyingly, to love everybody and everything.
If you fancy a nice little slab of classic literature, then this beauty of a story might be for you.
Set on the harsh Russian Steppes back in the nineteenth century, this simple-living
Reviews, Books - Pink by Gus Van Sant Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Famed Hollywood-based director Gus, like actor Ethan Hawke, is now making his name as an author too.
This is his debut novel, and a bizarrely tripped-out one at that, putting the reader in the mind of
Douglas CouplandRead more...
Reviews, Books - God's Debris by Scott Adams Reviewed by Katherine Horrex
God's Debris explores the philosophy of physical science within a fictional story.
It was written by Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert and is the number one best-selling
E-book on the planet.
Adams himself describes it as a
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This is Steve's sixth action-thriller novel, and it is arguably his most exciting and accomplished so far.
Michigan-born Steve sets all his work in such a perpetually snowbound state
(or so it would seem from reading his work),
Reviews, Books - The Shark Net by Robert Drewe Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Ok. So most movies, books or long-running TV-orientated soaps tend to
dwell on the sunnier side of living in Austrailia. Am I right?
Sure, there are instances of scandal now and again amidst the emotionally
challenged sprawl of Ramsey Street, but nothing too shocking or