Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Five top books on Elvis

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books on Elvis:
Last Train to Memphis
by Peter Guralnick

The first half of Guralnick's compelling two-part biography follows Elvis from his birth in Mississippi to his drafting by the Army in 1958, encompassing the years of his rocket-ride to stardom. Relying on hundreds of interviews, Guralnick stitches myriad everyday details into a vital, revealing portrait of the young musician. But the good times are short-lived. The author's second volume of the King's life story, Careless Love, is ominously subtitled "The Unmaking of Elvis Presley".
Read about the other books on the list.

Last Train to Memphis is among Patrick Humphries' 6 favorite books about rock 'n' roll, 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