Last Train To Memphis

Author: Peter Guralnick
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316206776
Size: 52.49 MB
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Last Train To Memphis from the Author: Peter Guralnick. From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world. This volume tracks the first twenty-four years of Elvis' life, covering his childhood, the stunning first recordings at Sun Records ("That's All Right," "Mystery Train"), and the early RCA hits ("Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel"). These were the years of his improbable self-invention and unprecedented triumphs, when it seemed that everything that Elvis tried succeeded wildly. There was scarcely a cloud in sight through this period until, in 1958, he was drafted into the army and his mother died shortly thereafter. The book closes on that somber and poignant note. Last Train to Memphis takes us deep inside Elvis' life, exploring his lifelong passion for music of every sort (from blues and gospel to Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza), his compelling affection for his family, and his intimate relationships with girlfriends, mentors, band members, professional associates, and friends. It shows us the loneliness, the trustfulness, the voracious appetite for experience, and above all the unshakable, almost mystical faith that Elvis had in himself and his music. Drawing frequently on Elvis' own words and on the recollections of those closest to him, the book offers an emotional, complex portrait of young Elvis Presley with a depth and dimension that for the first time allow his extraordinary accomplishments to ring true. Peter Guralnick has given us a previously unseen world, a rich panoply of people and events that illuminate an achievement, a place, and a time as never revealed before. Written with grace, humor, and affection, Last Train to Memphis has been hailed as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. It is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis' humanity in a way that has yet to be duplicated.

Playing Cards Elvis Presley

Author: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publisher: Aquarius
ISBN: 9781495005886
Size: 26.79 MB
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Playing Cards Elvis Presley from the Author: Hal Leonard Corporation. A great gift for the Elvis fan] This good-quality hinged tin houses 2 different packs of 52-image playing cards yielding 104 images in all per tin. The tin measures 5.5 inch. x 4 inch. x 1.75 inch.. 100% officially licensed.

Elvis Presley Anthology

Author: Elvis Presley
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9780793528226
Size: 17.73 MB
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Elvis Presley Anthology from the Author: Elvis Presley. A comprehensive collection of 59 songs, including: Blue Suede Shoes • Can't Help Falling In Love • Hound Dog • In the Ghetto • Love Me Tender • and many more.

Careless Love

Author: Peter Guralnick
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316206725
Size: 27.74 MB
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Careless Love from the Author: Peter Guralnick. Careless Love is the full, true, and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley's last two decades, in the long-awaited second volume of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography. Last Train to Memphis, the first part of Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Presley, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "a triumph of biographical art." This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unravelling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking revelatory drama that for the first time places the events of a too-often mistold tale in a fresh, believable, and understandable context. Elvis' changes during these years form a tragic mystery that Careless Love unlocks for the first time. This is the quintessential American story, encompassing elements of race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation. Written with grace, sensitivity, and passion, Careless Love is a unique contribution to our understanding of American popular culture and the nature of success, giving us true insight at last into one of the most misunderstood public figures of our times.

Elvis Presley

Author: Kathleen Tracy
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313338274
Size: 48.79 MB
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Elvis Presley from the Author: Kathleen Tracy. Presents a biography of the rock and roll singer, guitarist, and actor who created a sensation with his unique blend of musical styles, powerful voice, good looks, and scandalous dancing.

Elvis Presley

Author: Spencer Leigh
Publisher: McNidder & Grace
ISBN: 0857161660
Size: 10.90 MB
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Elvis Presley from the Author: Spencer Leigh. Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Elvis death. As well as being the greatest solo star of the 20th century, Elvis Presley's career is full of controversy and Spencer Leigh's new biography ELVIS PRESLEY: CAUGHT IN A TRAP sorts out facts from the fiction. What separated Elvis Presley from his contemporaries, just how important was Colonel Parker, how did he come to reinvent himself for Las Vegas, did he have to die so young, and why does his legend endure. How good a singer was he, how good an actor was he, and was he caught in a trap, perhaps set by Colonel Parker Spencer Leigh has spoken to band members, songwriters, friends, fans and many people who have worked with the King, and he examines the evidence with the scrutiny of a forensic scientist. With a Foreword by RUSSELL WATSON, the 'People's Tenor'.

Images Of Elvis Presley In American Culture 1977 1997

Author: George Plasketes
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781560249108
Size: 47.39 MB
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Images Of Elvis Presley In American Culture 1977 1997 from the Author: George Plasketes. Looks at the barrage of rumors surrounding Elvis's death, including the speculations that he didn't die, and the influence he has on popular culture today

Elvis Presley

Author: Joel Williamson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199314942
Size: 75.90 MB
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Elvis Presley from the Author: Joel Williamson. In Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, one of the most admired Southern historians of our time takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time. The result is a masterpiece: a vivid, gripping biography, set against the rich backdrop of Southern society--indeed, American society--in the second half of the twentieth century. Author of The Crucible of Race and William Faulkner and Southern History, Joel Williamson is a renowned historian known for his inimitable and compelling narrative style. In this tour de force biography, he captures the drama of Presley's career set against the popular culture of the post-World War II South. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley was a contradiction, flamboyant in pegged black pants with pink stripes, yet soft-spoken, respectfully courting a decent girl from church. Then he wandered into Sun Records, and everything changed. "I was scared stiff," Elvis recalled about his first time performing on stage. "Everyone was hollering and I didn't know what they were hollering at." Girls did the hollering--at his snarl and swagger. Williamson calls it "the revolution of the Elvis girls." His fans lived in an intense moment, this generation raised by their mothers while their fathers were away at war, whose lives were transformed by an exodus from the countryside to Southern cities, a postwar culture of consumption, and a striving for upward mobility. They came of age in the era of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, which turned high schools into battlegrounds of race. Explosively, white girls went wild for a white man inspired by and singing black music while "wiggling" erotically. Elvis, Williamson argues, gave his female fans an opportunity to break free from straitlaced Southern society and express themselves sexually, if only for a few hours at a time. Rather than focusing on Elvis's music and the music industry, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life illuminates the zenith of his career, his period of deepest creativity, which captured a legion of fans and kept them fervently loyal for decades. Williamson shows how Elvis himself changed--and didn't. In the latter part of his career, when he performed regular gigs in Las Vegas and toured second-tier cities, he moved beyond the South to a national audience who had bought his albums and watched his movies. Yet the makeup of his fan base did not substantially change, nor did Elvis himself ever move up the Southern class ladder despite his wealth. Even as he aged and his life was cut short, he maintained his iconic status, becoming arguably larger in death than in life as droves of fans continue to pay homage to him at Graceland. Appreciative and unsparing, culturally attuned and socially revealing, Williamson's Elvis Presley will deepen our understanding of the man and his times.

Elvis Presley Anthology

Author:
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN:
Size: 52.57 MB
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Elvis Presley Anthology from the Author: . (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). This two-volume set in a production hardcover case is an essential addition to any Elvis fan's library. Features piano/vocal/guitar arrangements of over 200 of his best songs, including: All Shook Up * Always on My Mind * Are You Lonesome Tonight? * Baby, Let's Play House * Blue Christmas * Blue Moon * Blue Suede Shoes * Bossa Nova Baby * Burning Love * Crying in the Chapel * Don't Be Cruel * Good Luck Charm * Green Green Grass of Home * Heartbreak Hotel * Hound Dog * It's Now or Never * Memories * Suspicious Minds * and many more. Volume 1 contains a 16-page color photo section and a biography and Volume 2 features an 8-page color section and a discography.