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Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

Peter Guralnick

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The definitive biography of Elvis and an excellent slice of social history.

LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS is arguably the first serious biography that refuses to dwell on the myth of Elvis. Aiming instead to portray in vivid, dramatic terms the life and career of this outstanding artistic and cultural phenomenon, it draws together a plethora of documentary and interview material to create a superbly coherent and plausible narrative.

The first of two volumes, covering Presley's rise to prominence up to his departure for Germany in 1958, LAST TRAIN to MEMPHIS will undoubtedly become the benchmark by which other biographies of him are judged.

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Praise for Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

  • 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

  • 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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Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick is not only an acclaimed biographer but a cultural historian, the author of several famously received books about blues, country and western, and soul music.

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