"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.