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Last Train to Memphis - The Rise of Elvis Presley

Peter Guralnick

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From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world. This volume tracks the first twenty-four years of Elvis' life, covering his childhood, the stunning first recordings at Sun Records ("That's All Right," "Mystery Train"), and the early RCA hits ("Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel"). These were the years of his improbable self-invention and unprecedented triumphs, when it seemed that everything that Elvis tried succeeded wildly. There was scarcely a cloud in sight through this period until, in 1958, he was drafted into the army and his mother died shortly thereafter. The audiobook closes on that somber and poignant note. Last Train to Memphis takes us deep inside Elvis' life, exploring his lifelong passion for music of every sort (from blues and gospel to Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza), his compelling affection for his family, and his intimate relationships with girlfriends, mentors, band members, professional associates, and friends. It shows us the loneliness, the trustfulness, the voracious appetite for experience, and above all the unshakable, almost mystical faith that Elvis had in himself and his music. Drawing frequently on Elvis' own words and on the recollections of those closest to him, the audiobook offers an emotional, complex portrait of young Elvis Presley with a depth and dimension that for the first time allow his extraordinary accomplishments to ring true. Peter Guralnick has given us a previously unseen world, a rich panoply of people and events that illuminate an achievement, a place, and a time as never revealed before

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin Stillwell

Length:

22h 34m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

28:45


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

57:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:11:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:03:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:48:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:33:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:38:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

47:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:03:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

56:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

53:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:19:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

48:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:05:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

58:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:28:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

56:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:27:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:28