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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.
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 24 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Donna R. Walters
In the Author's Note to this second volume of the Elvis Presley biography, Peter Guralnick writes that the story of Elvis is "a story of celebrity and its consequences. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barry Sparks
Its a big story that drags on and on and on. Nothing new in it, more less a big collection of things everyone already knows.Published 3 months ago by TOM HALL
The author does an amazing job, dealing with a very sensitive and difficult subject matter. I felt like I was in the room with Elvis throughout the book. Well done.Published 3 months ago by JG
I thought this was a mature book about Elvis. As a lifelong fan, I have come to appreciate books that humanize him, after all he was a man - an incredible man.Published 3 months ago by Katie Mills