About "The Rebel & The King"

About The Book

Elvis Presley had just exploded on the American scene and was filming his first movie, Love Me Tender, when he introduced himself to Nick Adams on the backlot of 20th Century Fox. Nick was a struggling actor, part of the Rebel Without A Cause gang and showed Elvis the town, introducing him to Natalie Wood.

Nick was infamous for writing about his famous friends and now the POSTHUMOUS PUBLICATION of Nick Adams’ raw, unedited manuscript, The Rebel & The King, details his close friendship and whirlwind eight days in Memphis with Elvis, during the famous singer’s Tupelo Homecoming the summer of '56.

The EXPANDED BOOK EDITION includes 33 classic photos, an essay by best-selling author Elaine Dundy, introduction by Tupelo historian Roy Turner and in-depth FOREWORD by Allyson Adams.


Nick Adams

“I would rather live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb. A very great man once made that statement. And that was the first thing that came to my mind when I sat down to write this story about Elvis...” - Nick Adams, 1956

The night Nick Adams died in 1968, all of his diaries, tape recordings and the typewriter given to him by James Dean disappeared. Discovered by Allyson Adams in a box of her late father's memorabilia, the raw, unedited manuscript that Nick wrote about Elvis, is revealed in it's entirety for the first time.

Nick Adams starred as Johnny Yuma in the western television series, The Rebel, in 1959-61, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Twilight of Honor with Richard Chamberlain and Joey Heatherton. Nick appeared in such film classics as Rebel Without a Cause, Mister Roberts, Picnic, Pillow Talk and No Time for Sergeants, as well as Japanese Godzilla movies, Monster Zero, Frankenstein Meets the Outer Space Monster, and Boris Karloff’s last horror movie, Die Monster Die. Nick Adams died tragically of a mysterious overdose at 36. His children are Allyson Lee, Jeb Stuart Adams and grandchildren Madison and Elijah Adams.


Allyson Adams

With over 30 produced plays, Allyson Adams is a critically acclaimed playwright and actress, as well as an award winning filmmaker and costume designer. During Adams time in southwestern Montana, she was former Madam Mayor of Virginia City, Montana and founder of the River Mountain Repertory.

Adams most recently launched The Rebel and the King by Nick Adams, published by WaterDancer Press. Visit for more info.
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“Uncompromising, unflinching X-rated toughness.” L.A. Times. “Besides her rich and raw material, playwright Adams has both wit and profound honesty on her side.” Pick of the Week- L.A. Weekly.

"The Rebel & The King is straight from the horse’s mouth, as if Nick and Elvis are speaking from the grave. As soon as I read it, I knew I needed to share it with the world.” Allyson Adams


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Allyson Adams discovers her father Nick Adams' 1956 manuscript about his trip to Memphis and Tupelo with Elvis and decides to share it with the world. Her journey becomes a spiritual experience as she discovers Elvis and her Dad along the way.