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Last Train to Memphis
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley | Peter Guralnick
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From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world. This volume tracks the first twenty-four years of Elvis' life, covering his childhood, the stunning first recordings at Sun Records ("That's All Right," "Mystery Train"), and the early RCA hits ("Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel"). These were the years of his improbable self-invention and unprecedented triumphs, when it seemed that everything that Elvis tried succeeded wildly. There was scarcely a cloud in sight through this period until, in 1958, he was drafted into the army and his mother died shortly thereafter. The book closes on that somber and poignant note. Last Train to Memphis takes us deep inside Elvis' life, exploring his lifelong passion for music of every sort (from blues and gospel to Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza), his compelling affection for his family, and his intimate relationships with girlfriends, mentors, band members, professional associates, and friends. It shows us the loneliness, the trustfulness, the voracious appetite for experience, and above all the unshakable, almost mystical faith that Elvis had in himself and his music. Drawing frequently on Elvis' own words and on the recollections of those closest to him, the book offers an emotional, complex portrait of young Elvis Presley with a depth and dimension that for the first time allow his extraordinary accomplishments to ring true. Peter Guralnick has given us a previously unseen world, a rich panoply of people and events that illuminate an achievement, a place, and a time as never revealed before. Written with grace, humor, and affection, Last Train to Memphis has been hailed as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. It is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis' humanity in a way that has yet to be duplicated.
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Amandajoy
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Decided to play in the #riotgrams fun. My mostly nonfiction #shelfie. These are also two of the tidiest shelves. 😉

DebinHawaii Nice! 📚👍 3y
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kaylaraeintheway
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A very detailed and thoroughly researched account of Elvis Presley's humble beginnings and rise to fame. Very fascinating, and I eagerly await the start of the 2nd volume of his biography

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BookBabe
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Happy #Elvis Day! I first heard his music when I was 7 years old, and I was never the same. He changed my life forever. So thankful for his beautiful, brilliant music. ❤️🎶 #RememberingTheKing
This is considered one of the best books about Elvis ever written. It's 4.5 stars on #Goodreads, with over 4K ratings! Can't believe it's on my shelf and I haven't read it yet. I have a mission!

LauraBeth I ❤️ Elvis and I ❤️ this book! 3y
Titania I have a soft spot for Elvis. Grew up in Mississippi where there is NO escaping his mythos. 3y
SaraFair I will check it out. Have loved his music for so long. And Clambake has been on all week! 3y
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ramyasbookshelf I have loved Elvis and his music for many years now! Surprisingly, I've never read a book about him! 3y
DivineDiana Visited Graceland with a group of students a few years ago and became a die hard fan after that trip! Need to read this book! 3y
GuiltyFeat Elvis day? We celebrate the day he died aged 42? 3y
MrBook 😁😁😁😁👏🏻👍🏻👌🏻🙌🏻 3y
BookBabe @GuiltyFeat We celebrate his memory. 👼🏻 This is Elvis Week, a weeklong celebration of his life and music at Graceland. Last night was the candlelight vigil. 🕯🙏🏻 I do see your point, which is why I always do something to celebrate his birthday too, on January 8. ✌🏻️❤️ 3y
BookBabe @DivineDiana Awesome! I had the pleasure of visiting Graceland too, and it easy an incredible, unforgettable experience. ❤️ 3y
BookBabe *was, not "easy"...Thank you, autocorrect ? 3y
UwannaPublishme 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I loved his movies as a kid. 😀 3y
BookBabe @kaysreadinglife "Loving You," "King Creole," and "Viva Las Vegas" are my favorite movies of his ? 3y
Amandajoy I liked this book, though I did feel he got a little longwinded at times. I also felt it ended abruptly. Haven't read the second book yet. 3y
rustoryhuf Go to Graceland during "Death Week". You will be amazed at the number of Elvis lookalikes ? 3y
love_everylittlething I moved to Memphis when I got married and my husband took me to Elvis' favorite restaurant, Coletta's. It is the bestest tackiest most glorious place where you can get homemade Italian food and BBQ pizza in the same meal. HEAVEN. All the gilding. All of it. 3y
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brendanmleonard
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Lots of stuff in history happened today! We begin in 1956, when Elvis scandalously performed "Hound Dog" on the Milton Berle show. My family took a trip to Memphis in 1996, and it spurred my interest in early rock music. Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus are among my writing heroes. Check these out!