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About The Book

Dear Friends,

From my first meeting with Elvis throughout my career as an entertainer, Inside the Dream is a chronicle of amazing stories. If told without pictures, it would seem to be a fairytale. In my mind I was never a major star; just barely big enough to tour with the best of my day. I was blessed to have worked with just about every star you could name, and for some unknown reason, I always had my camera. In the early days of rock n’ roll we did not have the “paparazzi.”  The news media thought rock n’ roll was a fad. So, I took thousands of photos throughout the years. They sat in boxes until someone offered to buy the negatives to do a book. However, they just did not have the stories to go with the pictures. I bought the negatives back, and Inside the Dream was born.

I found so many great photos while scanning the negatives that I soon realized the importance of the history I had before me. It was over 50 years of all aspects of the entertainment industry which I felt must be shared.  It was then that I decided to issue this first book as a coffee table photo book presenting my collection of unpublished photos.  I hope you enjoy the stories told by the pictures themselves and in the meantime I will continue to write in more detail the stories that go with them to be released in future publications. 

God Bless,
Jimmy Velvet









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