Careless Love

Careless Love

The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

Book - 1999
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Careless Love is the full, true, and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley's last two decades, in the long-awaited second volume of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography.

Last Train to Memphis , the first part of Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Presley, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "a triumph of biographical art." This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time.

Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unravelling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking revelatory drama that for the first time places the events of a too-often mistold tale in a fresh, believable, and understandable context.

Elvis' changes during these years form a tragic mystery that Careless Love unlocks for the first time. This is the quintessential American story, encompassing elements of race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation. 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 figures of our times.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, [1999], ©1999
ISBN: 9780316332224
Branch Call Number: 921 Presl
Description: xv, 767 pages : illustrations ; 254 cm
Alternative Title: Unmaking of Elvis Presley


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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Dec 17, 2015

This is the heartbreaking story of how Elvis was lead astray by nearly everyone within his circle. He surrounded himself with hanger's on and then became angry when they wanted gifts from him. It's also the story of how Tom Parker refused to save this impressionable young man from himself; just for money. Great Read!!!


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