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"Let's get a little loud. Peter Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Aron Presley 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 20th century." -- Gerald Marzorati, New York Times Book Review

"A master work.... A streamlined and riveting narrative." -- Wall Street Journal

"Nothing written about Elvis Presley comes close to the detail, authority and uncondescending objectivity that Peter Guralnick has brought to his two-volume biography. Superb." -- Andy Seiler, USA Today

"A triumph of biographical art...profound and moving....Even the minor revelations are positively spellbinding....Mr. Guralnick's narrative is rendered with an intimate, restrained intensity eerily reminiscent of the plaintive tone of Presley's ballads, that tremulous yearning of America itself." -- Stephen Wright, New York Times Book Review

"Elvis the incendiary musical firebrand loner who conquered the western world, he steps from these pages, you can feel him breathe...." -- Bob Dylan


This slip-cased edition offers the two volumes of arguably the first serious biography of Elvis Presley that refuses to dwell on his myth. Aiming instead to portray in vivid, dramatic terms the life and career of this outstanding artistic and cultural phenomenon, they draw together a plethora of documentary and interview material to create a coherent and narrative. The first volume, "Last Train to Memphis", covers Presley's stunning rise and ended with his departure for Germany and his mother's unexpected death in 1958, while "Careless Love" covers the great years of the 60s and the difficult, decadent later part of Elvis's life, up to its untimely end in 1977.


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The best Elvis biography 15. September 2008
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Of all the thousands of biographies of Elvis Presley, this is easily the best one because Guralnick is a fine writer and a relentless researcher. He neither over-idolizes Elvis nor sugarcoats the more troubling aspects of his life. When he is conflicted about the "truth" as it has been told by multiple sources, he says so. The reader always feels how deeply respectful of Elvis the writer is and how seriously he has taken his responsibility to the truth, in so far as he himself has been capable of finding it. Notes at the back of the book are fascinating in themselves; they too are a rich source of information. Not only does this two-volume set provide an intimate, honest, and fair view of Elvis Presley, but it also offers insight into the role of the responsible biographer to his reader and to his subject.
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Most COMPLETE biography 25. Februar 2011
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A MUST have for ANY Elvis fan! I am new to the Elvis-sphere and found these books to be geniuine and honest. I enjoyed reading them very much and have found myself picking them up to look again at different sections. Peter Guralnick has given me an insight into the world of Elvis that I never thought to glimpse. Fantastic!
Peter Guralnick: Last Train to Memphis & Careless Love 31. Januar 2014
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I like anything about Elvis.
I recomend this to everyone that's an Elvis fan.
I waited way too long for it to arrive.
I like it and I so happy to get this book 18. Dezember 2013
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I love Elvis and have read this book in Russian. I now have the opportunity to read the original in English. I am very happy.
In depth look at the life of Elvis 21. November 2013
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I am still reading the first book, Last Train to Memphis, and it is definitely an interesting read. The book goes into detail the social and economic settings of the times which makes an interesting twist. You find out more about Elvis's family, especially his parents, than ever before. That kind of explains things to come after Elvis's initial rise to fame and what happens during the 60's and 70's leading to Elvis's demise. If Gladys had lived longer, and much longer too, then the career of Elvis may have had a whole different outcome. Or at least a longer life. I can't wait to finish the book and start Careless Love.
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