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Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    Guralnick Did His Homework

    Most authoritative account of Elvis's early life and rise to fame. If he were a lawyer, I would say that Guralnick came into the courtroom well prepared and knew more about the opponents case than the opponent did. He has a great style that is both relaxing and straight forward. He leaves the reader with the 'gut wrenching' choice of drawing his or her own conclusions about the events and the decisions that shaped Elvis's life especially in Careless Love, his second volume. It was interesting to me that you can read either volume first and the story seems to be uninterrupted and they come together like a sock and a shoe. I read the second volume first without knowing that there was a first volume. I've ordered and received the author's latest-Day by Day, and I have to say it's hard to put down if you're an Elvis aficianado. I believe the greatest thing that Guralnick has achieved is that he has supplied the facts and left the reader with the grueling task of drawing the conclusion. I hope that Elvis has found 'Peace in the Valley' which his troubled soul so much deserved.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Last Train To Mephis, By far is one of Elvis Presleys Tresured Books.

    September 21, 2005: I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Last Train...I thought it was going to be repeated facts and boring information that everyone already knows but I found that it was wonderful. It made you feel you were actually reading a story about a man day by day. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates Elvis. Careless Love was even better. You actually felt that you at every one of his concerts, you were at his wedding, you were there when he prepared for his '68 comeback special and you were there for his pain and suffering. Please read both of these novels. They really are breathtaking!One of Elvis Presleys great big storys that all that reads it falls in love with tis book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    This is the one.

    Stop reading this review RIGHT NOW and buy this book. Peter Guralnick knows more about Elvis Presley than the man himself would have. This is the definitive record of The King's early years, and is reverential in all the right places, truthful, thoughtful, and objective. I am now in the middle of the second part, 'Careless Love,' and the two volumes together tell you all you ever needed to know about the man whose music will live forever. There are tons of Elvis documents out there, but here is the one that puts all others to shame.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    Peter Guralnick’s “Last Train to Memphis” covers the first twenty-four years of the life of Elvis Presley. Most biographies concerning Elvis are a bit hyperbole but not this one. The author’s style is understated allowing the true Elvis to emerge. The author lays aside the myths we have all come to believe; instead we meet the young Elvis as a truly nice guy, with deep religious convictions and a passion for music. The reader will feel a sense of compassion for young Elvis the teen that didn’t seem to fit in. The relationship between Elvis and his mother Gladys was a strong one. She loved him strongly and Elvis not only loved her but respected her. Sam Phillips and the culture of the city of Memphis, TN, were deep influences on Elvis’ sound. The Elvis we meet in “Last Train to Memphis” is one of contradictions. He was insecure and yet knew he was special.

    Peter Guralnick spent years in research for this book and it shows. I have long been an Elvis fan. “Last Train to Memphis” is a fan’s dream biography for it introduces the reader to the real Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley was more than a voice and a leg that couldn’t stay still; as a young man he was a loner; inside he was a compassionate, generous, and kind man. Elvis was and is the King!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    Last Train To Memphis

    This book was a gift for my father in-law and he said he really enjoyed reading it. He is a huge elvis fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Provides a degree of humanity to the Elvis myth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Breathtaking!

    I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Last Train...I thought it was going to be repeated facts and boring information that everyone already knows but I found that it was wonderful. It made you feel you were actually reading a story about a man day by day. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates Elvis. Careless Love was even better. You actually felt that you at every one of his concerts, you were at his wedding, you were there when he prepared for his '68 comeback special and you were there for his pain and suffering. Please read both of these novels. They really are breathtaking!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Excellent Work!

    I just finished reading this book as well as the sequel, Careless Love, and I think the author did a fantastic job of stating the facts and events of Elvis' life and career without taking a judgemental view of his life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these two books and have learned alot about Elvis and the amazing things he did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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