Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

By Peter Guralnick

Careless Love is the total, precise, and captivating tale of Elvis Presley's final 20 years, within the long-awaited moment quantity of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography.

Last teach to Memphis, the 1st a part of Guralnick's two-volume lifetime of Elvis Presley, was once acclaimed via the recent York occasions as "a triumph of biographical art." This concluding quantity recounts the second one half Elvis' lifestyles in wealthy and formerly unimagined aspect, and confirms Guralnick's prestige as one of many nice biographers of our time.

Beginning with Presley's military carrier in Germany in 1958 and finishing together with his demise in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unravelling of the dream that when shone so brightly, homing in at the advanced playing-out of Elvis' courting along with his Machiavellian supervisor, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a panoramic revelatory drama that for the 1st time areas the occasions of a too-often mistold story in a clean, plausible, and comprehensible context.

Elvis' adjustments in the course of those years shape a sad secret that Careless Love unlocks for the 1st time. this can be the vital American tale, encompassing parts of race, type, wealth, intercourse, tune, faith, and private transformation. Written with grace, sensitivity, and fervour, Careless Love is a different contribution to our knowing of yank pop culture and the character of good fortune, giving us real perception ultimately into essentially the most misunderstood public figures of our occasions.

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