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 unraveling 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
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.
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