Elvis Presley’s stepbrother pens brand-new book detailing The King’s demons AP Images
FILE - This 1972 file photo shows Elvis Presley, the King of Rock "n" Roll, during a performance. The former Beverly Hills home of the late Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is up for sale for a cool $12.9 million. Real estate website operator Trulia says the home hit the market Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo, file)

Believe it or not, when it comes to books, nobody owns their own story.

Not even Elvis.

God knows that much has been written and thousands of tales have been told about the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ Yet when you consider Elvis’ love for the lavish, it’s hard to separate truth from fiction sometimes. Now in a new book penned by his stepbrother, David Stanley, more of the truth may be coming out.

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In his new book, “My Brother Elvis,” set for release on Aug. 16, 2016, the anniversary of Elvis’ death, David’s deeply personal story dives into his brother’s last years of struggling with addiction. Having witnessed Elvis fight his demons daily when he joined Elvis on the road at just 16 years old, Stanley, a former addict himself, used his stepbrother’s death as his own wake-up call to clean up his life. Now, his hope is to help those struggling with addiction be able to improve their lives after learning about how addiction took a toll on Elvis.

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“I hope that these revelations of my time with Elvis might save others from the pain I suffered during the final years of his life,” David said. “It’s my way of reaching out to those who loved Elvis in the hopes of touching their lives as much as he touched mine.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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