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Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Peter Guralnick
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3. Oktober 1994
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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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 576 Seiten
  • Verlag: Little, Brown and Company; Auflage: New. (3. Oktober 1994)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780316332200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316332200
  • ASIN: 0316332208
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 14 - 18 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (27 Kundenrezensionen)
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Last Train to Memphis is the first part of Peter Gurlanick's epic two-volume life of rock 'n' roll's founding father--and when no less an authority than Bob Dylan writes that "this book cancels out all others", you know Guralnick must be doing something right.

Exhaustive and thorough, though always written from a sympathetic standpoint, this first volume covers the early days: the extraordinary story of a poor young truck driver who came out of nowhere and conquered the world--all within the space of two short years. And while this tale was already one of the more familiar in post-war history, Guralnick always manages to brings something fresh to the telling. The recollections of Marion Keisker, the secretary at Sun records who recognised something special in the polite teenager's voice, help throw some light on the enigma surrounding Elvis: "He was like a mirror in a way: whatever you were looking for, you were going to find in him. It was not in him to say anything malicious. He had all the intricacy of the very simple".

Guralnick is a scrupulous biographer, now established as the definitive chronicler of the strange life and turbulent times of Elvis Presley; better still, his enthusiasm for Elvis' music shines through on every page of the text. And in the end, after all else is gone, that music will remain. --Patrick Humphries -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


A wonderful book...Guralnick gives us an Elvis of real flesh and blood...the richest and most detailed protrait of Presely we have ever had. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Unrivalled...Elvis steps out of these pages, you can feel him breathe, this book cancels out all others - BOB DYLAN Wonderful.Guralnick deserves to live in Graceland - RODDY DOYLE Last Train to Memphis is the first part of Peter Gurlanick's epic two-volume life of rock 'n roll's founding father--and when no less an authority than Bob Dylan writes that "this book cancels out all others", you know Guralnick must be doing something right. Exhaustive and thorough, though always written from a sympathetic standpoint, this first Guralnick is a scrupulous biographer, now established as the definitive chronicler of the strange life and turbulent times of Elvis Presley; better still, his enthusiasm for Elvi s' music shines through on every page of the text. And in the end, after all Patrick Humphries, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Every book written about Elvis Presley lacks two things: the essence of the person and a full explanation of the magic of Elvis Presley. Galarchuk's book "Last Train to Memphis" provides the answer to both questions, plus much more.
This book will appeal to readers who are not fans of Presley's music because it the book describes Presley rise to the top of the music industry with the hype or destruction of most Presley books.
A strongpoint of the book is the early 1950s, the period when Elvis emerged from a shy, poor, and sheltered teenager with a into a mega star with an unlimited one.
He also dispells the critics who do not respect Presley's musical talent giving him little or no credit for the production of his music. Galarchuk very strongly illustrates that Elvis was the driving force behind the musical material in the early years before Colonel Parker took complete control of Presley's career.
The secret of this book is the number of unfamilar persons who knew Elvis and were able to provide insights to the man that have never been heard before. The most interesting voice from these persons was Dixie Locke, who knew Elvis better than anyone because she was there when he crossed the bridge from the unknown Elvis into the bright lights where he became "The King" and would never be able to go back to the "old" Elvis again.
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Peter Guralnick makes the reader feel as if he is actually in the company of a young and shy Elvis Presley--BEFORE he is "ELVIS." A fascinating read about a true American success story (the sequel outlines the unfortunate demise of Elvis). Without a doubt, this is the definitive book about Elvis Presley.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE ONLY "ELVIS" BOOK YOU EVER NEED TO READ. 2. März 2000
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Even if you've read 25 five other Elvis books & think you've heard it all before, your in for a real treat with this book. Well written, interesting, Often illuminating thoughts & emotions of "the king" are disclosed at a very entertaining & well crafted pace to make you re-experience the Real life of Elvis as he himself lived it. This book gets to the heart of Elvis's life, Dreams, Woes, & Dispare. It teaches you that even "the King" had lots of normal, human feelings. You see in all to clear detail how many around him manipulated him for their own concerns. As surprising & sad as it is, after reading this book, you almost don't envy Elvis, but almost feel sorry for him & how he let his own life & destiny slip from his own control & never really went back to what he really was famous for, Rock & Roll. Overall: The Absolute, definitive, last word book on Elvis Presley's Miraculous rise as a living legend, right down to his fall as a sad & lonely, & confused normal human being. The King is Dead....But his Name Lives on!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Heart of the King 25. September 1999
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I have just completed Peter Guralnick's wonderful biography of Elvis' early life and can say that it is a refreshing insight, not to the hype or myth of Elvis but, to the heart of who he was.
While not a big fan of Elvis' music I am a fan of biographies, both in print and on film and found this one reaches into it's subject like none I have read or seen previously.
It is rare that a biographical piece ventures further than a list of fact and "almost facts" tied together in a loose story, however Guralnick has allowed us to get to know Elvis in a way that even some of the so-called "Memphis Mafia" never really did
I look forward to picking up the story in volumeII
Rob Earnshaw
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Icon of His Era And Of All Time 17. August 1997
Twenty years after his sudden death and a resulting public adoration that has become a peculiar form of near-sainthood, Elvis Aron Presley remains a complex, contradictory,
nebulous character who has been wrongly relegated by self-appointed arbiters of high culture to a dustbin of withering disdain. The first volume of Peter Guralnick's refreshing and well-documented work, "Last Train to Memphis" looks closely at Presley the person as well as the entertainer squarely within the cultural and socioeconomic contexts in which he was brought up and scored his greatest musical successes.

The result is a powerful and insightful chronicle of a man and musician perfectly representative of his time and place in history yet oddly ahead of it in many ways. His ascent from shy Tupelo, Mississippi-born truck driver to a key fixture of contemporary American folklore is a classic example of a fierce working class aspiration for a better life. Furthermore, Presley's creative blending of a variety of Southern black and poor white musical traditions into a novel sound that shook the world was a triumph of racial integration as well as musical composition, no small feat given the U.S.'s officially sanctioned racial segregation of the mid-1950s. And, along with his innovative manager, Tom Parker, "The Pelvis" permanently transformed the public image of the popular entertainer by skillfully exploiting a then still-new medium called television.

Guralnick's treatise ends with 1958, the year which saw the death of Elvis's doting mother and his Army induction, the two occurrences considered by many to be the beginning of his tragic descent into the glitzy caricature of ham actor, decadent celebrity and portly Vegas lounge act.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A precise and exciting insight into the life of young Elvis Presley....
Despite many long-standing and ingrained elvis-fans, I am a very young and new fan, so I have neither lots of comparison to other biographies, nor do I have first-hand experience... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 5 Monaten von Eva Schittenhelm veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book
this is a good book on one of musics most important Artists ever.everybody knows that LITTLE RICHARD Is THE KING OF ROCK-N-ROLL!but that Elvis was a important Musical figure. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2000 von mistermaxxx08
5.0 von 5 Sternen Heir To The Rock and Roll Throne
Dee-Dee Da Dee Dee
Listen to the first Sun Records single by Elvis, "Thats Alright". This was the song that captivated Sam Phillips late one night in the studios at... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2000 von Brent R. Kailbourn
5.0 von 5 Sternen Feeling What Elvis Felt
I can't believe that someone could actually write a book this good. I felt what Elvis was feeling at very moment; while walking down streets, in studios, everwhere. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. August 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen "The story of the greatest entertainer who ever lived!"
"This book was fantastic! I have read a lot of books about Elvis and this is by far the best.It is not only a history lesson on the birth of Rock and Roll,but a history... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 1999 von eaglew273@aol.com
5.0 von 5 Sternen The first & perhaps last major biography of a major figure
This is a great book, written with decency, respect, and compassion. It is wonderfully researched, and Guralnick's end notes discusses possible alternatives and the difficulty,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Brings new life to Elvis
Although I agree with some of the comments here, specifically those about Guralnick's confusing writing style, I truly enjoyed this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 6. April 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read
Guralnick gives us Elvis Presley before anyone knew his name, showing readers what this boy was like before he was the King. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. März 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Well-Researched & Detailed
This is the best source I've seen for the facts, instead of sleaze and innuendo, about The King. Guralnick spent considerable years going to the sources of those who interacted... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. März 1999 veröffentlicht
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