Calling Elvis – Conversations With Some Of Music’s Greatest: A Personal History is a rare medley of musicians from around the world who have come together in this extraordinary collection of interviews.
Shantanu Datta’s career as a journalist placed him at the forefront of music reportage in India for much of the past three decades and therefore gave him unprecedented access to the greatest performers from around the world who played in the South Asian subcontinent. Published through Speaking Tiger, this book compiles, for the first time, the detailed interviews he conducted with seminal artistes like Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Ian Anderson and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and many others including Dr L. Subramaniam, John McLaughlin, Sting, Jean-Luc Ponty, Carlos Santana and Amyt Datta. His candid, informed conversations with these enduring legends provide a rare glimpse into the minds of those trailblazers who influenced entire generations with their music. Datta’s own life too emerges in vignettes throughout the book, as he deftly weaves together his professional life with the personal, through shared threads of melody and song. Written with an exceptional depth of knowledge, Calling Elvis is an absolute treat for musicians and music-lovers everywhere.
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About the Author
Shantanu Datta is a journalist, writing on politics, films, books, and music since 1987. He started off as a trainee in The Telegraph in Calcutta and went on to head editions of The New Indian Express and The Indian Express in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai, after a stint in IE, Delhi. He is now with The Telegraph Online, back in the city where it all began. This is his first book.