Thursday, September 15, 2011

Patrick Humphries' 6 favorite books about rock 'n' roll

Music journalist and biographer Patrick Humphries recently co-edited a new edition of Robert Shelton's landmark Bob Dylan biography, No Direction Home.

For The Week, he named his six favorite books about rock 'n' roll, including:
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

Elvis Presley lived the American dream, going from shack to mansion in only a few short years. It's a familiar story, but Guralnick astonishes us with his comprehensive account of the polite young truck driver who would become the king of rock 'n' roll.
Read about the other books on the list.

Last Train to Memphis is among Daisy Alioto's five worthy Elvis biographies and Sanjeev Bhaskar's six best books; it also appears on Robert Fontenot, Jr.'s top ten list of Elvis Presley books and Bob Stanley's critic's chart of top books about Elvis.

--Marshal Zeringue