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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The drugs, the objectification of women he didn’t respect his marriage at allthe pain from losing his mom, retreating I always loved Elvis’ music in the early 70s Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

I was amazed to find that before his tragic decline and death, he had enjoyed two decades of unparalleled success, outselling even The Beatles at one point. In Germany, he had met Priscilla Beaulieu, who was still in high school. I just wish that he could have gotten help for his caeeless dependency because he could have done so much more with his life. Family and friends were forced to display sycophantic behaviour, to do otherwise would incur ostracism or ridicule.

It’s not like there was one big decision that went wrong.

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He celebrates Elvis Presley’s genius as an artist without ignoring his flaws – but even these are presented in a balanced way. There wasn’t one bad guy that led prexley astray. Dec 16, MentorPublicLibrary rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. It takes us through his dissatisfaction with rlvis career in endless teen films, his desire to go back on tour, his short lived marriage and many girlfriends. It’s elvia once again great on the music.


So, picking up this esteemed two-volume bio by Guralnick, I knew to expect that it ends badly because, of course, Elvis’ sordid death is well-known American pop cul I had always casually enjoyed Elvis’ music, but it wasn’t until I heard his soulful recording of “My Happiness” that I became intrigued by the legend – particularly considering that was the very first song he had ever recorded as a gift for his mom.

Nov 17, Kathleen rated it liked it. But I wasn’t prepared for quite know how sad and pathetic the end really was, with the discovery of him on the bathroom floor making me tear up. It just makes you want elvie sit down and cry.

That’s the best word to describe this brilliant, scrupulously researched biography of the King of Rock and Roll and his descent into lunacy.

Book Review: CARELESS LOVE: THE UNMAKING OF ELVIS PRESLEY (by Peter Guralnick) : AH | HistoryNet

The boys in the posse are endlessly confusing, easy to get mixed up. Guralnick’s strength is in his evenhanded approach to Presley’s life.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The other great moment is when Elvis saw a fight break out at a unmakking station and jumped out of his limousine in a sequined jumpsuit and struck a karate pose to intervene.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I am nearly done with the book and found him to be a terribly sad character. All I need to say to convince you is that his bloated corpse was photographed by his own cousin to sell to tabloids.

This is the quintessential American story, encompassing race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation.

Multivolume studies have carelsss been reserved for presidents, but in last Train to Memphis and the how Careless Love: So, the author wisely stays away from moralizing and instead focuses on why Elvis liked having his friends around. Biographer Guralnick spent 11 years with Presley, and he conducted hundreds of interviews in order to create a fond but balanced portrait of ummaking key figure in American musical history.


Return to Book Page. The second part of Peter Guralnick’s exhaustive life – more than pages from army call-up in to death in – reveals a powerless figure whose growing awareness of his helplessness lent his decline a tragic dimension. That you’re just covering for him, even after he’s dead.

Jun 08, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: A gospel record finally reignited his passion for music. In turn, the star becomes paranoid and alternates between generosity and cruelty. He developed a fixation on law enforcement, and he wanted to be a special private agent for the government so that he could turn in celebrities that used illegal drugs. This volume takes up the life of our musician following his service during World War II. Dec 20, Lucynell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Elvis needed professional help from the future and, even if it had been available, he probably would not have accepted it.

Musically he was a genius, perhaps a savant, and that remained true for over a decade after he had served in the military. The Unmaking Of Elvis Presley: