When Frank Sinatra hosted the Welcome Home Elvis television special, he was trying to maintain a measure of hip by rubbing a little Elvis on. CD reissue of “The Complete Sun Sessions” has ended 12 years later with the publication of “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley. Reading Peter Guralnick’s Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley is like watching a train wreck about to happen. You know what’s.

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He remained an insecure boy, afraid of the dark but owner of an amazing talent and ability to charm people.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 figure of our times Peter Guralnick had considerable ground to cover in his sequel to Last Train To Memphis. His sad end is all the more poignant because of its inevitability.

Nov 23, Carmen rated it really liked it Shelves: If I were to throw in any minor criticism toward this book it would concern keeping track of everyone involved. I was surprised by Guralnick’s fairly even-handed take on the usually demonized Colonel Parker. The other great moment is when Elvis saw a fight break out at a gas station and jumped out of his limousine in a sequined jumpsuit and struck a karate pose to intervene.

I came to read this through a combination of opportunity combined with respect for that historical role of this legendary musical prealey. It is a scholarly book and is keen to be accurate so these details are just part of that package.

I was born too late to be much of an Elvis fan; he was falling fast as I was coming of age. Picking up where the first preley left off, Guralnick sees Elvis through his tour of duty with the U.

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

This volume takes up the life of our musician following his service during World War II. Having been exposed to the lifestyle of entertainers, I can attest that when work is over in lobe morning hours, One of the most dreadful and detailed books I have ever read.


The Rise of Elvis Presley, this is the second volume in this definitive Elvis biography, taking his life from his time in the army until his death in Trivia About Careless Love: This book goes behind the myth of Elvis Presley so there is a much clearer unmaoing of the complicated relationship that evolved between him and his manager Colonel Parker. As a reader, it was hard for me to see how live, egotistical, and selfish Elvis was towards himself and how carelesz people who lo Careless Love continues after the first book of Elvis’ life, The Last Train to Memphis, by the same author.

History does more than just second-guess Elvis though; in Careless Loveit heightens the drama. Colonel Parker’s work is still I think something to admire. To be close enough to try to save you, you had to enable him.

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I am left with an overwhelming sadness after reading this book. A few years before his death he summed up how difficult it was to be Elvis Presley. I would put it in a shortlist of the essential nonfiction books to read if you want to understand American culture.

We know how it ends, on a black toilet in a face full of vomit, dead at 42 in Graceland, his Memphis home, the city named after the Egyptian site of the pyramids of Saqqara and Giza and the Sphinx. The small world Elvis inhabited in the first volume simply explodes in Careless Love and the girls, guys, musicians, directors, producers, promoters, actors and actresses, songwriters and countless others enter, exit, prdsley and exit again throughout.

The interventions are halting and sincere but they all quickly fail. And that’s why I bypassed completely Last Train to Memphis — the first book in Guralnick’s two-part Elvis bio, which tells the story of Elvis’ meteoric rise — and headed right for the good stuff. Paperbackpages.

Larry Stark Press published Peter Guralnick’s second book in Lists with This Book. Aug 05, 5 Track rated it really liked it. Elvis’ ‘first live performance in nine years’ is finally in film format. I feel as if maybe E never got to grow up, and even though a lot of his actions and products are tasteless and embarrassing he’s a great figure, nevertheless. And who needs a book like that?


If there is a flaw, it’s just that there was so much information to convey that readability got sacrificed. It’s a lot to read about and as this book describes, impossible to live. Elvis needed professional help from the future and, even if it had been available, he probably would not have accepted it. It’s not nearly as clean or as satisfying a read as the first book.

Film shows violence of Rio’s gangster children, but the reality is far worse. All orders placed today will be sent after Caeless If you are going to read an Elvis bio, this is the one.

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Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

Guralnick’s first two books, Almost Grown and Mister Downchildwere short story collections published by Larry Stark, whose small press in Cambridge, Larry Stark Press, was devoted to stories and poems. Elvis Presley was an interesting man whom wanted love and friendship, yet felt that showering gifts upon people would win him their affection and loyalty which in many cases would backfire on him. If you want to understand the man that Elvis was, you could do little better than read this two volume biography, which is written with enormous depth and also immense affection.

It was an opportunity that Presley craved – a good dramatic role in a prestigious movie. So, to rest for the next performance, downers to sleep during the day and uppers to prepare for the next performance and perhaps more uppers just to get through the 2nd performance on the same day. I am nearly …more I wouldn’t categorize myself as a big fan of Elvis – I enjoyed his music, but I’m pretty clear eyed about him as a person and entertainer.

Terry I wouldn’t categorize myself as a big fan of Elvis – I enjoyed his music, but I’m pretty clear eyed about him as a person and entertainer.