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Book - Last Train to Memphis
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Book - Last Train to Memphis

LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS
THE RISE OF ELVIS PRESLEY
By
PETER GURALNICK

Paperback
543 pages

Last Train to Memphis was hailed on publication as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. Peter Guralnick’s acclaimed book is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis’ humanity, as it traces Elvis’ early years, from humble beginnings to unprecedented success. At the heart of the story is Elvis himself, a poor boy of great ambition and fiery musical passions, who connected with his audience and the age in  a way that has yet to be duplicated.
     
The book also brings to life the world Elvis arrived in, America in the fifties, and the people who, together with Elvis, would change that world forever. Drawing frequently on Elvis’ own words and on the intimate reflections of those who knew him, this is biography at its best and classic in the chronicling of our culture.

“Elvis steps from the pages, you can feel him breathe, this book cancels out all others.”
--Bob Dylan

“Even the minor revelations are positively spellbinding… Mr. Guralnick’s narrative is rendered with an intimate, restrained intensity eerily reminiscent of the plaintive tone of Presley’s ballads.”
--New York Times Book Review

“#1 book of the year”
--Entertainment Weekly

“The first great rock-and-roll biography”
--Boston Phoenix

Chapter Headings:

  • PROLOGUE: MEMPHIS, 1950
  • TUPELO:  ABOVE THE HIGHWAY January 1935-November 1948
  • MEMPHIS: THE COURTS November 1948-June1953
  • “MY HAPPINESS” July 1953-January 1954
  • “WITHOUT YOU” January-July 1954
  • “THAT’S ALL RIGHT” July-September 1954
  • GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT October-December 1954
  • FORBIDDEN FRUIT January-May 1955
  • MYSTERY TRAIN June-August 1955
  • THE PIED PIPERS September-November 1955
  • STAGE SHOW December 1955-February 1956
  • THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN March-May 1956
  • “THOSE PEOPLE IN NEW YORK ARE NOT GONNA CHANGE ME NONE” May-July 1956
  • ELVIS AND JUNE July-August 1956
  • LOVE ME TENDER August-October 1956
  • THE TOAST OF THE TOWN October-November 1956
  • THE END OF SOMETHING December 1956-January 1957
  • LOVING YOU January-April 1957
  • JAILHOUSE ROCK April-September 1957
  • WALKING IN A DREAM October 1957-March 1958
  • “PRECIOUS MEMORIES” March-September 1958


The definitive biography of Elvis Presley. Guralnick's acclaimed book brings to life the world Elvis lived in, America in the 50's, and the people who would change the world forever. Covering Elvis' first 23 years, this is biography at its best.

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