Last Train to Memphis, the first part of Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Presley, received unprecedented accolades. This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis's 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's relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking drama that places the events of a too often mistold tale in a fresh, believable, and understandable context. This is the quintessential American story, encompassing 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.
Little, Brown & Company
Publisher and industry reviews
'beautifully written and refreshingly sincere, sets new high standards' -DAILY MAIL 'Homeric in its play of beauty and folly, this is a monumental work' - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
UK Kirkus review
To many fans, the decline of Elvis Presley began in 1958 when he entered the army. It was an unnecessary move which eventually cost Elvis his life, as it was in the service that he began his lifelong addiction to drugs. This is the story of Presley's last two decades that began in triumph and ended in tragedy. Guralnick, the author of Last Train to Memphis which chronicled Presley's early years and his rise to fame is a true fan, and treats his subject with a respect that barely conceals his sorrow at his untimely demise. Read it and weep. (Kirkus UK)
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