Last Train To Memphis
  • Last Train To Memphis
  • Last Train To Memphis
  • Last Train To Memphis
  • Last Train To Memphis
  • Last Train To Memphis
ISBN: 0316332259
EAN13: 9780316332255
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 1995
Pages: 576
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 9.2" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   Everybody, ELVIS!!!
The remarkable story about Elvis'apos ; rise from obscurity to super stardom is wonderfully related in Peter Guralnick's Elvis biography, Last Train to Memphis. I read various books on the life of Elvis and didn 't think there was anything else to know, but this book proved me wrong. While it contains some in-depth accounts of Elvis'musicology, it also gives us an in-depth look at the man who has changed music history forever. Unfortunately, Elvis never kept a diary or journal. He has never related his innermost feelings on paper. All we have are the reflections and memories of those closest to him, and Mr. Guralnick spent an incredible amount of time gathering the information and recording it for posterity. And I'm glad that he did! I am now reading the follow-up biography, Careless Love, and enjoying it too.
   Elvis, the future King of Rock and Roll
Yes, he was spoiled by his mother, but he was a good son and helped the family as his father was not with the family because of his troubles in Elvis'formative years. Then life was difficult, but the Presley family pulled together even so far as Elvis turned his money over to his mother from his job to help. It was really nice to see what a beautiful person he was and how the talent gave him, especially for his love of music and his singing voice, which was to become iconic. He made the fifties a lot of fun for us 50 - teenagers and we saw the possibilities for him in the future that truly made him the King of Rock and Roll.
   Excellent reading!
I greatly enjoyed this book ''. However, I gave a remarkable account of Elvis's rise to fame. I came away '' knowing Elvis in a way I never had before.
   Very well researched
As a Memphian, it is interesting to read the detailed rise of the king. People I know, places I am familiar with, come to life in this biopic. You get a sense of the background and forces that have led Elvis to stardom and eventually consume him.
Im 23 through this book and it is absolutely the most detailed stories of Elvis in the early years. Fantastically, the old is now being rebuilt.
   Daughter is delighted
I bought this book for my daughter, because she is very interested in Elvis Presley's life. When the book arrived, she was thrilled. She is currently in high school and though the lexile level of reading is a little higher than what she typically reads her comment to me, this will prepare me for my state AIMS test in reading and the SAT. She loves having the book and is in great condition with a wonderful cover and protective material on it. Thanks a lot for the wonderful memories.
   "Spellbinding!" as a review on it says!
This book has every detail because everyone remembers how much they paid RCA Victor an hour to be a machine mechanic at Precision Tool to his first, second, third contracts with Sun, Elvis and on and on. To what schools Elvis carried his guitar, which he did not. Every apartment or house that his parents lived in rented, always from Memphis to Tupelo, to Graceland. How often do you have a 500 page mystery novel that has pages of footnotes? And how often is a page turner 500 pages long?
   Excruciating Detail
This is not so much of a problem. The detailed research for the book must be respected, but one can get lost in the weeds when a view from 50 feet above would do. I found myself speed reading through details that only an Elvis fanatic could appreciate. At one point, I was amazed that he had only aged a year since I started the book. A primary interest for me was his genesis of his downward spiral into drugs, binging, etc. No need to dwell on his demise, but one is curious. For the remaining part of his life, you have to buy Volume 2. This volume is not included. I decided to stay curious than wade into the swamp.
   The book(s) to read on The King
I liked it a lot ''. I bought the second book and read it immediately after finishing the first. The book is short on facts and heavy on armchair analysis and emotion. That might change as I get into the second book, which will detail the downward spiral of the man. But this is clearly the book to read if you are looking for a detailed, factual, and unbiased account of Elvis'life. It is long no doubt... 500 pages and I still have a second book... but it is an easy and compelling read. And disclaimer : I am agnostic on Elvis, but I think he is an important historical figure and his legacy needs to be understood by an amateur historian like myself.
   Outstanding biography
I loved the biography that Gary Vitacco-Robles wrote on Marilyn Monroe ; it was packed full of information, not smuth information. I have regretted the fact that most biographies don 't fit this criteria. This biography runs along these same lines. It is full of detail and information about his rise to stardom. You learned about Elvis'early years and those with whom he shared the stage. There were not a lot of photos, but I didn 't miss them - the writing was enough to bring it all to life. The only downside was that I had to keep putting down the book to find snippets of Elvis'early music so that I could hear it in my head. I am anxious to read Book II, though I am a little hesitant. If it is anything like this book, his downfall will be just as detailed, and so more heartbreaking.