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Peter Guralnick's books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. He is a recent inductee in the Blues Hall of Fame. Other books include an acclaimed trilogy on American roots music, Sweet Soul Music, Lost Highway, and Feel Like Going Home; the biographical inquiry Searching for Robert Johnson; the novel, Nighthawk Blues, and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. His most recent book is Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll.


Acclaimed by the critics, Guralnick's Last Train to Memphis (Audio Reviews, LJ 6/15/95) chronicled Elvis's early life, his music, and his phenomenal rise to fame. This second volume covers the period from his army service in 1958 to his death in 1977, describing his slow artistic and physical decline, accompanied by ever-increasing prescription drug use. Guralnick manages to avoid the sensationalism so prevalent in earlier biographies as he writes of nearly a decade of "B" movies, the endless tours playing at increasingly more remote cities, and the pathetic spectacle of an overweight Elvis performing outdated music in a skintight white jumpsuit. He even treats Elvis's bathroom death scene with dignity and critical distance, telling the sad facts of the prescription drug overdose with a reporter's thoroughness. This book will appeal to all who want a factual yet sympathetic account of the last years of Elvis's life. J. Charles reads clearly, sounding believable as Elvis and those around him. The tape quality is excellent. Highly recommended for all public libraries.ÄNancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

Let's get a little loud...Peter Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Aron Presley, of which Careless Love is the second installment, is not simply the finest rock-and-roll biography ever written. It must be ranked among the most ambitious and crucial biographical undertakings yet devoted to a major American figure of the second half of the twentieth century.--Gaerald Marzorati, New York Times Book Review
Nothing written about Elvis Presley comes close to the detail, authority, and uncondescending objectivity that Peter Guralnick has brought to his two-volume biography...Hypnotic.--Andy Seiler, USA Today
Riveting...A masterwork.--Wall Street Journal

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