Sonny West, Elvis Presley’s longtime bodyguard, friend and charter member of the Memphis Mafia has announced the creation of a new web site.
The site, www.sonnywest.com, is currently a shell on the Internet. However, West says it will soon contain photos, videos, blogs, podcasts, FAQ and other state-of-the-art multi-media media. He said it will also offer an e-commerce link with various items for sale.
“It’s something I’ve been working on for some time and with the release of my new DVD and book, the timing seemed right,” West said. “I also wanted a forum to stay in touch with the fans.”
2007 is shaping up to be a big year for West, who will release a DVD and book. “Elvis: Up Close and Personal,” a two-and-a-half hour DVD, will contain one of West’s live shows, a question and answer segment, a meet and greet with fans and bonus backstage footage. The DVD is slated for a spring release.
West’s highly anticipated memoir, “Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business,” will cover West’s 16 years with Elvis Presley from 1960 to 1976. The book also includes two appendices – “All The King’s Men” and “Myths, Facts and Frequently Asked Questions.” The former is a section on former Memphis Mafia members while the latter is a list of questions West answers directly from Presley followers.
“Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business” will be published by Triumph/Random House and is set for a May release.