His incendiary “Nashville Skyline” entry has been picked by the Vancouver Sun, the LA Times, and will no doubt reverberate in the coming days as yet another pie-in-the-Murdoch-face. Flippo connects the dots between the media baron’s early U.S. newspaper handiwork in San Antonio and the 1977 book Elvis: What Happened? written by trenchcoat tabloid legend Steve Dunleavy. Writes Flippo about content also serialized in the New York Post:
For the first time, the book revealed the full extent of Elvis Presley‘s complete and total dependence on a long list of prescription drugs. And it was not a pretty story. It was a virtual pharmacopia of drugs and other sundry and tawdry personal details about Elvis.
Close Elvis associates have said the book had a devastating effect on Presley. He read portions of an advance copy of it, became alternately depressed and enraged and was agitated to the point of talking about luring [former bodyguards and two of the book’s three interview subjects] Red and Sonny to Graceland and then killing them.
Flippo notes that Elvis died just a few weeks after the book was published.