- Taschenbuch: 592 Seiten
- Verlag: Abacus; Auflage: New Ed (2. November 1995)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0349106517
- ISBN-13: 978-0349106519
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 3,6 x 19,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 27 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 414.694 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. November 1995
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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
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)
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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.
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
It was time for a serious, profound biography. The internet said Peter Guralnicks' books on Elvis were the best, so I ordered the first volume which covers the first 24 years of his life. I'm not even through with it yet, but I already recognized that this was not a mispurchase. People like me who like everthing in pinpoint accuracy and double-proven will be very satisfied. The author interviewed literally everybody who had ever been around Elvis (the last 20 pages or so are a list of names of people to whom he expresses his thanks for beeing involved in the work.) This does not only guarantee historical accuracy, but it also opens different perspectives on different situations.(sometimes also including Elvis' own point of view in retrospect)
The author writes his biography in a careful tone, beeing cautious about his own judgement. He lets the numerous quotations tell their own tale, sometimes slightly ironic and disenchanting, sometimes tender and endearing. He spares us of hysterical admiration. Embeding Elvis' story into the stories of the people sourrounding him, the author creates a complex net that expresses the time and mentality that influenced Elvis. As a concequence, Elvis and his actions never stand alone, but are always underpinned by his background. This gives the reader the feeling to finally discover the truth. However, the author writes that there cannot be THE truth about Elvis, but that he rather wants to give the reader tools to envisage his own truth.
I think lots of hysterical Elvis-fans and -haters could do with that, because Elvis, as anybody else, was a complex person of many faces who cannot be reduced to only one or two qualities. He, as any human beeing, was sometimes superb and sometimes a total asshole. Some of the things he did were great, others were stupid, others had just no significance at all. Since the author, and his honest readers, are willing to take in all this, they are in my opinion heaps better Elvis-fans than those who get into fights on internet portals about Elvis beeing "an angel sent from God Almighty to grace the world for a limited time" or those who have a complete collection of Elvis-lookalike ken-dolls and handkerchiefes touched by him.
ok, I couldn't make it short again...but the book just impressed me so much that this needed to be said;)
I recommend the biography to every Elvis-fan that needs tools to envisage his version of how young Elvis Presley lived before his carrier and during the rise of his fame.
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