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Peter Guralnick is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including Lost Highway, Sweet Soul Music, Searching for Robert Johnson, and the novel Nighthawk Blues. His two-volume biography of Elvis, published as Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, is widely regarded as definitive. His essays on Elvis Presley in the 1992 and 1993 boxed sets The Complete '50s Masters and The Essential '60s Masters were both nominated for Grammy Awards and he won a Grammy for his liner notes to Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club.Peter Guralnick lives in Massachusetts. Visit his website at http://www.peterguralnick.com/Find his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/peterguralnickofficialhttps://twitter.com/PeterGuralnick
Author Peter Guralnick has no equals when it comes to researching
the characters around Fifties and
Sixties rock music, and this biography has been many years in the writing. ...(a) valuable and fascinating book.
*DAILY MAIL - Book of the Week*
In the hands of a storyteller as deft as Peter Guralnick it effortlessly engages the reader throughout.
*TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT*
Guralnick's book is exhaustive but exhilarating. Writing about music is notoriously difficult ... Guralnick manages to do so with ease, so that every description of a recording gets you scurrying to YouTube, to check if he's right. He invariably is. It's a big book about a huge personality whose influence on popular music has been enormous.
Guralnick brilliantly captures the period, its attitudes and its characters in a book that is essential reading for anyone interested in popular music.
Getting to know Sam, Mr. Guralnick explains, opened up "a world in which I had clearly not grown up but to which I so desperately sought admittance, as historian, as writer, as fan." So began the quest that has produced the gold-standard Presley bio and now a complete portrait of his inspiration.
Mr. Guralnick has captured what was different, real and raw about a great artist. His Sam Phillips comes out perfectly imperfect.
*WALL STREET JOURNAL*