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CAUGHT IN A TRAP
De Nederlandse fotograaf Laurens van Houten woonde in augustus 1973 enkele concerten in Las Vegas bij. Hij durfde het aan foto's te maken terwijl dit absoluut verboden was en bundelde dat in een mooi boek. Voorwoord van Glen D Hardin. Distributie door It's Elvisd Time. Een Rock Legende publicatie. Echter zondermeer een Elvis foto boek welke met kop en schouders uitsteekt ten aanzien van eerdere Elvis foto boeken. Een Nederlandse groep, zeer zeldzaam in 1973, die enkele zeer memoriabele concerten van Elvis hebben bijgewoond, dat alles verzameld in dit prachtige kwaliteits boek welke zonder meer een aanrader is.
Englisgh review by David Neal:
I am not great lover of Elvis photo books and certainly not of Elvis concert photo books, nor am I a 'jumpsuit junkie'. 'Elvis: Caught in a Trap' should, then not appeal to me and, indeed, when I heard about this title, I thought it would be yet another collection of previously published concert photos with limited commentary and a high price-tag -- another attempt to suck the Elvis fan dry, in other words. I am pleased to admit that I was very wrong!
'Elvis: Caught in a Trap' is a collection of photographs made by a Dutch photographer by the name of Laurens van Houten, who has photographed numerous big names in the pop scene, including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones.
Laurens was not an Elvis fan when he was asked to take photos of Elvis in concert during a trip to Las Vegas with a group of European fans in September 1973. Nevertheless, Laurens accepted the assignment and, in his own amusing and interesting preface, explains how he went about taking the photographs, when photography was strictly prohibited, having to smuggle the parts of his camera into the showroom, use bribery to obtain a good position, and rely on the cooperation of other fans to prevent his activities from being spotted. He also gives some insight into the excitement of the fans in the group, and his own gradual realisation that Elvis was more than just another singer.
Of course, the major part of the book is reserved for the photographs that Laurens took during the course of three of Elvis's performances. And they really are excellent photographs! Over some 100 pages, the photographs, apparently in chronological order, in both black and white and full colour, show Elvis both havingfun on stage and belting out for all he's worth. One sequence of pages of almost full-length close-ups are shots taken rapidly one after the other and give an excellent idea of Elvis in full flow. Most of the photographs are without comment -- all that really needs to be said with the collection is included in the foreword and preface -- but a few are accompanied by insightful remarks quoted from associates of Elvis, including Ronnie Tutt, Shaun Nielsen and Glen Hardin (who also provides an introduction). A few contemporary newspaper clips about the shows, and a couple of pages showing the use of Laurens van Houten's Elvis photos on the covers of Dutch magazines complete the book'. Elvis: Caught in a Trap' oozes quality: it is excellently bound, with illustrated boards and saddle stitching; the photographs are printed on equally excellent paper and the text is well written. The title, incidentally, refers to Elvis's professional plight at the time the photographs were taken and is very well explained by Arjan Deelen in his own foreword, that provides a superb idea of Elvis's struggle at the time.
It is likely that a great many Elvis-related titles will be published this year, the 25th anniversary of Elvis's death; many of them, I have no doubt, will be pretty terrible -- 'Elvis: Caught in a Trap' will probably stand head and shoulders above most of them and should occupy a place in every fan's library.
Elvis: Caught in a Trap
Author: Arjan Deelen, Laurens van Houten
Publisher: Rock Legends Publications