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Picking up where the first volume left off, Guralnick sees Elvis through his tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Germany, where he first met--and was captivated by--a 14-year-old girl named Priscilla Beaulieu. We may think we know the story from this point: the return to America, the near-decade of B-movies, eventual marriage to Priscilla, a brief flash of glory with the '68 comeback, and the surrealism of "fat Elvis" decked out in bejeweled white jumpsuits, culminating in a bathroom death scene. And while that summary isn't exactly false, Guralnick's account shows how little perspective we've had on Elvis's life until now, how a gross caricature of the final years has come to stand for the life itself. He treats every aspect of Presley's life--including forays into spiritual mysticism and the growing dependency on prescription drugs--with dignity and critical distance. More importantly, Careless Love continues to show that Guralnick "gets" what Presley was trying to do as an artist: "I see him in the same way that I think he saw himself from the start," the introduction states, "as someone whose ambition it was to encompass every strand of the American musical tradition." From rock to blues to country to gospel, Guralnick discusses how, at his finest moments, Elvis was able to fulfill that dream. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The books are thoroughly researched, well written and insightful.
Everyone knows someone like that, or maybe is someone like that, so you can understand how hard it is to free yourself from what has shaped your life.
Mr. Guralinick's 1st book on Elvis ("Last Train to Memphis: the Rise of Elvis Presley") is a must read also.
This book picks up with the Army years and covers Presley's life until his untimely death on August 16, 1977. Read morePublished 1 day ago by HuntleyMC
One would think that Elvis Presley, who possessed talent and great charisma and wealth and unparalleled fame, would be a person to be envied. Read morePublished 6 days ago by gammyraye
I could hardly finish this book. The story made my heart ache and it was so sad to read how Elvis lived his life. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Paulette
This story is written as a compilation of points of views by a few of Elvis's paid friends. It is poorly written and often hard to follow who is telling the story. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Glenna S Dennis
A must read for anyone interested in Rock n Roll, the 20th Century or Elvis... and I think that's just about everything isn't it?Published 21 days ago by Martin Kellard
I feel the same way about this book as I do "Last Train To Memphis" they are very well written and a very huge fan of Elvis. Some people call me an Elvis Freak! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cricket Fredrick
Very detailed bio of the latter part of Elvis' life. I was never a huge fan but old enough to remember his rise to fame. Read morePublished 2 months ago by batty
I love to read anything written about Elvis. This book is awesome. I can't put it down. It's hard to imagine the lonely life that Elvis had to lead being the super star that he... Read morePublished 2 months ago by roadrunner
Another great and informative book on Elvis Presley. Really a must read if you liked Elvis. It is a well written book as well.Published 3 months ago by Donna R. Walters