LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS is arguably the first serious biography that refuses to dwell on the myth of Elvis. Aiming instead to portray in vivid, ...Show synopsisLAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS is arguably the first serious biography that refuses to dwell on the myth of Elvis. Aiming instead to portray in vivid, dramatic terms the life and career of this outstanding artistic and cultural phenomenon, it draws together a plethora of documentary and interview material to create a superbly coherent and plausible narrative. The first of two volumes, covering Presley's rise to prominence up to his departure for Germany in 1958, LAST TRAIN to MEMPHIS will undoubtedly become the benchmark by which other biographies of him are judged.Hide synopsis
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I read Guralnick's second volume prior to buying this one. Both are must-reads for any Elvis fan or for someone wanting to know how his life developed. It's thorough without being boring. I devoured it.
A fascinating and well-written insight into the rise of Elvis. An easy read and structured more like a novel than a biography. There are few direct quotes ( all Notes are extensively included in the back of the book) and it therefore has an excellent narrative style. The book appears very balanced and non-judgemental. I have read many bios and many are either unduly fawning ( the subject can do no wrong), unnecessarily daming ( dishing the dirt) or reading more like a chronology of events, this excellent book is none of these and would well appeal to people who generally avoid biographies. I bought the follow up "Careless Love" and have just started that, also excellent. Highly recommended.
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