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Last Train To Memphis

The Rise of Elvis Presley

By Peter Guralnick

  • Paperback
  • £13.99

This is the first of two volumes that make up what is arguably the definitive Elvis biography. Rich in documentary and interview material, this volume charts Elvis' early years and his rise to fame, taking us up to his departure for Germany in 1958. Of all the biographies of Elvis - this is the one you will keep coming back to.

Biographical Notes

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780349106519
  • Publication date: 02 Nov 1995
  • Page count: 592
  • Imprint: Abacus
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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