When Frank Sinatra hosted the Welcome Home Elvis television special, he was trying to maintain a measure of hip by rubbing a little Elvis on. CD reissue of “The Complete Sun Sessions” has ended 12 years later with the publication of “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley. Reading Peter Guralnick’s Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley is like watching a train wreck about to happen. You know what’s.

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Most notable of these was a famous meeting with President Nixon to announce his anti-drugs stance – a joke considering his own intake – and a desire to act as a federal agent. One of his entourage noted that it was like living in a virtual world in which the courtiers became as isolated as the king, where even the most dramatic event assumed the texture of an episode on a television series.

Never leaving his room, the drugs, his strange fascination with law enforcement badges, the strange childlike manner in which he courted women well, very young girlshis bursts of primal anger, etc.

Whereas the author’s earlier book, Last Train to Memphis, brought home the story unamking a young boy from a poor family who was blessed with unnatural talent and timing rising almost overnight to unimaginable heights of fame and fortune, Careless Love details his tragic end.

So, the author wisely stays away from moralizing and instead focuses on why Elvis liked having his friends around.

Army in Germany, where he first met–and was captivated by–a year-old girl named Priscilla Beaulieu. Dec 27, Chad Byrnes rated it really liked it. Having been exposed to the lifestyle of entertainers, I can attest that when work is over in early loove hours, the entertainer, in this case, Elvis Presley, is wired. It is such a shame. He was, Guralnick shows, more of an artist than many assume him to be.

The one time I visited New York City, I got a garrulous cab driver and asked if he had driven for celebrities. The American Dream becomes An American Tragedy and held this reviewer elviz its grip until the bitter end. I don’t know how one can put together a book of this magnitude in perfect layout in less than a thousand pages so I guess this will do. This is the quintessential American story, encompassing elements of race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation.

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It is a scholarly book and is keen to be accurate so these details are just part of that package. From some reviews, it seems pretty bad. Multivolume studies have generally been reserved for presidents, but in last Train to Memphis and the how Careless Love: Guralnick picks up momentum with Presley’s return to the stage cageless thereafter his narrative arc doesn’t falter.

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

Colonel Parker’s work is still I think something to admire. It is all in all a predictably depressing story, this American tragedy, but we do get as close to the man and the biggest star in all uunmaking music history as anyone ever got. Less enjoyable than part 1, but no less well researched.

The Fantasy Concert DVD is an incredible complete show created using a tremendous collection of footage to make a very enjoyable show. I am nearly …more I wouldn’t categorize myself as a big fan of Elvis – I enjoyed his music, but I’m pretty clear eyed about him as a person and entertainer. At least Parker seemed to see Elvis’ value and want him to be financially successful and pushed for bigger and better venues, like his initial plan to have Elvis pioneer pay-per-view concerts, even as he racked up huge fees on his own side of various d Heartbreakingly detailed and comprehensive.

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Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

Read our Careless love Book Review. Prescription drugs provided him with something only he could understand. Guralnick’s achievement is making this cartoon human, even more than that, vital. Have you ever careelss up a book and, just by the feel of it, known that you are holding something special?

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Refresh and try again. When Frank Sinatra hosted the Welcome Home Elvis television special in the Spring of thd, he was trying to maintain a measure of hip with teenagers by rubbing a little Elvis on him. Elvis had a really good heart and desire to please everyone.

Apr 21, Susan rated it it was amazing. And then again, this part of the story is a tragedy. Aug 05, 5 Track rated it really liked it. Elvis’ ‘first live performance in nine years’ is finally in film format. I get a sense that Elvis never fully developed into a man. Yes, it’s sad in many ways.


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This is the second volume of the definitive biography of Elvis Presley, renowned as the king of rock and roll. I just wish that he could have gotten help for his drug dependency because he could have done so much olve with his life. Nov 16, Jacob Eckstein rated it it was amazing. All orders placed today will be sent after January See 1 question about Careless Love…. 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.

The end of his life was a series of tours, excess spending and drug-induced behavior.

His sad end is all the more poignant because of its inevitability. A lot happened to Elvis between and and it is all explored in the pages making up Inmaking Love It has a cast of hundreds, many of whom are difficult to remember and place, especially those of the ‘s and there is too much detail charting the financial details of Presley’s and Parker’s business deals and splits but that is my only criticism.

He does not judge or condemn, nor idolize Elvis, rather simply reports on his research and thousands of interviews with those that knew Elvis, in an easily readable manner. Not only was he ten times more famous than the aforementioned, but he was much more disturbed.

This is a tome, and requires a certain amount of commitment and dedication to complete but the journey is a worthwhile one. Prewley this book to get to know the complex human being that was Elvis Presley. Then he decided to go to Washington D.