4, 2010 - Celebrate Elvis' 75th Birthday in Las Vegas
| Come celebrate the
75th birthday of the King of Rock and Roll at
THE KING'S RANSOM MUSEUM
inside the Imperial Palace Hotel
Meet the co-stars from Elvis
Presley's famous films:
KISSIN' COUSINS and BLUE HAWAII
Cynthia Pepper and Darlene Tompkins
January 8th and 9th, 2010
at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino
THE KING'S RANSOM MUSEUM
a multi-million dollar collection that contains
rare personal treasures of Elvis Presley.
SEE ELVIS PRESLEY'S LAST CAR, STAGE WORN ITEMS,
FILM WORN WARDROBE, RINGS,
NECKLACES AND OTHER JEWELRY ITEMS WORN BY THE KING.PERSONAL
A VARIETY OF ELVIS LAW ENFORCEMENT ITEMS,
PERSONAL ITEMS FROM HIS GRACELAND HOME
AND MANY MORE ITEMS ENCOMPASSING ELVIS
AND CAREER FROM THE 50S TO THE 70S.
16 , 2009 - Happy Holidays
We like to thank all of the Elvisfans for their support
throughout the year 2009. With the premiere of "My
Life With Elvis & The Colonel" by Charles
Stone during the 100th anniversary of Colonel Parker's
birthday party in Breda, The Netherlands, Praytome
Publishing received great feedback.
The "Follow That Dream"-label released the
2CD Set "Dixieland Delight" this year in
conjunction with "Bud Glass Productions"
and "Praytome Publishing". The Multimedia
Box set that goes along with that set and which has
the focus on the 5 performances in Huntsville could
not be completed in 2009. It's a huge project which
will be released in 4 differenten stages and you can
imagine that there is an enormous amount of work and
with more than 20 interview partners. To co-ordinate
and compile the material (footage, pictures and memorabilia)
from the collections of additional contributors and
collectors is not only a big task but we feel that
we have to do it with great responsibility. We do
understand that you are excited about this set, but
we are, too! So with 2010 being the 35th anniversary
of the Huntsville Shows we try our best to release
this set and share it with the world.
all of you and your family members: Have a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year 2010!
21, 2009 - "The King's Ransom" has a grand opening
at the "Imperial Palace"
Bud Glass is known for his book & DVD series "Elvis
- Behind The Image" as well as author of several
other projects like "Elvis - Adrenaline",
"Elvis - Born To Rock" or the upcoming "Dixieland
Delight" Multimedia Box set.
Howe is known for his huge collection of candid photos
on Elvis, some of them can be seen on his website:
Bud Glass and Russ Howe have
also a vast collection of items that belonged once
to Elvis Presley. These items along with additional
material from the collection of other Elvis-collectors
are presented as "The King's Ransom Museum -
Personal Treasures of Elvis Presley".
The museum toured not only the U.S. but was also on
tour in major cities in Europe, e.g. in Berlin, Germany
in August 2007.
On October 21, 2009 the museum
will open its doors at the famous "Imperial Palace"
Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
18, 2009 - latest ElvisMatters issue reports about Breda
Event and the new book by Charles Stone
Years With Elvis & The Colonel" - Review
latest issue of the ElvisMatters fanclub magazine
covers the event "100 Years of Colonel Parker-
1000 times Elvis" which took place in June
2009 in Breda, The Netherlands.
During this event the latest release "My
Years With Elvis & The Colonel" by Charles
Stone was presented by members of the "Praytome
Publishing" - team.
magazine features a double-sided review in Dutch
language. Unfortunately we don't have a translation
yet, but we will keep you updated as soon as we
In the CD / DVD Review section you find a summary
about the FTD release of "Dixieland Delight".
Despite all rumours on the internet and messageboards
the MultiMediaBox set by "Praytome Publishing"
is not out yet.
Being back from Memphis where ElvisWeek 2009 took
place we will have some great news for you with
our next update. So stay tuned!
05, 2009 - Event "Elvis Classic" in Wuppertal
with VIPs Glen D. Hardin and Ed Bonja
Peter Beines interviews Ed Bonja about the cover
shot for the album "As Recorded at Madison
On Saturday, September 5th, the event "Elvis-Classic"
was held at the "Börse" in Wuppertal,
Germany . Entertainer, "King Eddy", and
his big band, "Vegas Connection", presented
a rock n roll concert of Elvis songs.
highlight of the evening was having two original
Elvis VIPs on hand. Glen D. Hardin, who worked for
Elvis from 1970-75, accompanied more than 20 songs
that evening and received big applause by the audience.
Bonja, former tourmanager for Elvis and official
photographer of the Elvis Presley Show from 1970-77,
presented more than 30 different images of the king.
Most of the 1970's album and single cover shots
show Elvis photos taken by Ed Bonja.
the intermission of the concert, there was a 20
minute interview with Glen D. Hardin and Ed Bonja.
Glen and Ed expressed surprise that more than 30
years after Elvis' passing, he is still making new
fans. Back in 1977, they never thought that this
could be possible one day.
long as the fans are there and want to hear Elvis'
music or have general interest in Elvis' life, Bonja
and Hardin agreed, that they are happy to share
their memories about Elvis and to keep on answering
questions from the fans.
04, 2009 - Ed Bonja is now fulltime employee at Praytome
Bonja, the official photographer and
tourmanager for Elvis Presley started working
for Praytome Publishing more than a year ago
"Elvis On Tour '72 - Covering The Nation"
is the working title for the first Ed
Bonja book by Praytome Publishing
Publishing" has become famous for its world-wide
book and DVD publications such as, Behind
The Image" (in co-operation with Bud Glass
Productions) and "Elvis Adrenaline".
In a very short time, this company has made an
extremely positive name in the Elvis World. The
expertise of the knowledgeable staff members is
evident in the content of their publications.
Elvis fans are the lucky recipients of unpublished
photographs, photographs which have been restored
by their expert graphic artist and very rare Super
8 footage of Elvis, which has been expertly transferred
and enhanced, using state-of-the-art procedures,
so as to provide optimum quality to the fans.
Ed Bonja wrote the foreword for Sue McCaslands
Best Kept Secret - Elvis live Del Webbs
Sahara Tahoe". Ed has since become a
member of the Praytome Publishing team as a fulltime
employee and technical advisor.
With his experiences, expertise and special inside
knowledge about Elvis and the Elvis history, he
can contribute in a unique way to the teams
productions. Additionally, in the context of his
work, Ed had a very special, inside view of the
world of Colonel Parker. It was the Colonel who
invited Ed to bring his camera on tour to take
photos of Elvis; so, Ed took nearly 10,000 photographs
of Elvis, as well as of other events that took
place during the tours.
With the current project, Multimedia Box
Set - Dixieland Delight," Ed has been acting
as an advisor, and some of his photos will become
part of the artwork for the box set.
Because the Praytome Publishing" team
works on several projects at the same time, the
work on Ed Bonjas own book has already started,
with the working title "Elvis on Tour '72
- Covering The Nation".
Being a Praytome Publishing project, it is certain
that the pictures will go through a complex restoration
process and that the release will not be a regular
picture book, but will contain never-before-told
anecdotes by Ed, himself.
31, 2009 - "Elvis On Tour '72" - a new Praytome
Publishing project with photos by Ed Bonja
Because high-quality cameras and films were still
very expensive for fans in the early 1970s,
we have few good live shots of Elvis from this
period of his career. Because most fans used the
then-popular Instamatic Cameras, Elvis can be
seen, for the most part, as only a thumbnail or
just a small, white mark on the print. Because
photographers such as George Hill, Keith Alverson,
Shean Shaver or the recently-deceased Harold Newton
used 35mm cameras, fans were, for the first time,
introduced to very good quality photos.
A rumor has persisted that Praytome Publishing"
has been working on a book with live shots from
the year 1972. Today, we gladly put this rumor
to rest with the announcement that we have, indeed,
begun work on such a book: Elvis Covering
the Nation 72.
The work began several weeks ago with the photographs
of Ed Bonja, the official Tour Manager and Photographer
for the Elvis Presley Show during the 1970s.
Bonjas photos are well known world-wide,
because Colonel Tom Parker chose many of his photos
as cover shots for Elvis LP Albums and Singles.
Bonja met Elvis for the first time during the
shooting of "Girl Happy" in 1964 and
later worked with the king on tours during the
70's, as well as in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe,
where he took over 8,000 photos of Elvis and the
tour happenings. Many of these photos remain unpublished
As you can see, our team works on several projects
at the same time, giving Elvis fans the highest
possible quality, including perfectly restored
negatives and transparencies and as much information
as possible for the never before published pictures.
The team of Praytome Publishing can hardly wait
to complete this project and present it to the
24, 2009 - Author of "My Years With Elvis & The
Colonel" Charles Stone visits Graceland
Screenshot of EPE Website www.elvis.com
Stone, former tourmanager of Elvis Presley and
employee of Concerts West, has written a book
about his years with Elvis and the Colonel. The
latest book by Praytome Publishing premiered during
the celebration of the Colonel's 100th birthday
in Breda last month.
has been visiting Graceland recently and was portrayed
on the official EPE Website (see picture above).
Was he wearing the same sunglasses than he did
for the covershot of his book ? Who knows...
However, if you are going to Memphis this summer
you will find Charles' book in the Graceland Shops.
Probably Mr. Stone will be also in town and on
this website you will find the announcement of
his schedule for apperances and special book signings.
book is available now and you can place your order
online and email us your address so we can provide
you payment instructions!
Years With Elvis & The Colonel"
by Charles Stone
17, 2009 - 3rd German Elvis Festival in Rostock a great
Sam Thompson (left) and publisher Greg Retkowski present
the latest Praytome Publishing release,
"My Years With Elvis And The Colonel," a
book by Charles Stone.
weekend, the 3rd German Elvis Festival in Rostock
took place. The Open Air - event (www.remember-elvis.de)
was well organized; and everyone there enjoyed
the fun and laughter. All in all, the atmosphere
was great! The main attractions for Elvisfans
were the four original Elvis VIPs:
* Hollywood actrice, Cynthia Pepper, who worked
with Elvis in his MGM motion picture "Kissin'
Ed Bonja, Tourmanager and official photographer
for the Elvis Presley Show
Dick Grob, chief of the security and member of
the Memphis Mafia
Sam Thompson, former police officer and bodyguard
for Elvis Presley
to the host, there were over 2120 visitors to
the event; and all had the opportunity to buy
the latest CD and book releases and souvenirs
from the Elvis dealers.
There was a drawing in which everyone got a chance
to win products that where sponsored by Praytome
The Elvis VIPs were accessible to everyone and
had a great time answering fans questions
and fulfilling requests from autograph seekers.
A lot of fans took the day to get their copy of
the new Praytome Publishing release, My
Years With Elvis & The Colonel, signed
by Sam Thompson who contributed the foreword for
Thompson signs the foreword that
he contributed for the new book
"My Years With Elvis & The Colonel"
by Charles Stone / Praytome Publishing