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Last Train to Memphis

The Rise of Elvis Presley
Lu par : Kevin Stillwell
Durée : 22 h et 33 min
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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 24 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. Written with grace, humor, and affection, Last Train to Memphis has been hailed as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. It is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis' humanity in a way that has yet to be duplicated.

©2012 Peter Guralnick (P)2012 Hachette Audio

Critiques

"The first half of Guralnick's projected two-volume biography is eminently engrossing. Taking pains to keep the story fresh and flowing and refraining from foreshadowing and editorializing, Guralnick lets the facts speak for themselves. If you really want only one Elvis biography, let this sensitive book be it." ( Booklist)
"A serious, musically literate, and historically attuned biography. An American epic that belongs on every bookshelf." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Carson
  • 13/10/2017

Very Eye Opening

This gave me a real look into Elvis's mind and life, really made me understand why he ended up like he did. Such a wild existence. Thanks to the author!

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  • Joachim Møller
  • 24/04/2015

True fans will be delighted.

Long as hell which is good. Great value for money. Nice narrator. Intimate details I never knew about and overall fascinating.

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  • Vicki
  • 12/07/2013

I'm an Elvis fan now

Where does Last Train to Memphis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love biographies and, in recent years, have really enjoyed biographies from the music industry. Elvis was a little before my time so his music wasn't "my" music. I appreciated the impact that he had on rock and roll but I didn't really appreciate his music.

Much of what I knew about his was from the later part of his career. I knew nothing about his early years in the business. Mr. Guralnick did a great job of telling that story. The book was interesting from the first word to the last. It also prompted me to YouTube where I was able to see some of his work from his early years.

Now I understand what it was all about and I have a new appreciation for the man and his work.

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  • KellysHero718
  • 21/02/2015

Wonderfully Thorough

A most satisfying portrait of a young man lost. It has changed my perspective of the human being behind the music, and has inspired a greater appreciation for the singer's less well-known recordings.

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  • colleen
  • 11/06/2013

Absolutely outstanding.

What made the experience of listening to Last Train to Memphis the most enjoyable?

This book is heavy on the details - reading the researched minutia might have been a little bit overwhelming. The performance of the reader, combined with an incredible biography, made me listen to this book non-stop. It was incredible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Train to Memphis?

All of it was wonderful, but the reader clearly understood where to put the emphasis and inflection. He was wonderful. I loved hearing him pretend to cheer like a teenage girl! The ending was heartbreaking, and he used the power of his dramatic pause very effectively.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Stillwell – was your favorite?

His portrayal of Elvis was wonderful - capturing the slight drawl and accent without going overboard was wonderful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As previously stated, when Elvis' mother passed away. It was heartbreaking. I was weeding in the garden and started to cry. Ha!

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  • Randy
  • 24/01/2013

I now have a better understanding of Elvis now!

If you could sum up Last Train to Memphis in three words, what would they be?

Very informative and it held my attention for 22 hours.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of coarse, Elvis. I was never crazy about him in general growing up, but I now have a new opinion of him as a very geniune person.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

He made you believe he was actually there with the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What you never knew about Elvis, the person.

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  • Caldutti66
  • 07/11/2018

Must read

This is the best book I’ve ever read and decided to listen to it after listening to the amazing Sam Phillips book by the same author and reader. I had big expectations and they were exceeded. The best book I’ve read or listened to...ever.

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  • J.C.
  • 28/10/2018

Why Elvis was King

This is certainly a very comprehensive book on Elvis Presley. There is also volume two which I will read now.

It's interesting and so real it feels like you're right there sometimes and most of all fair. It has the good and bad but is written with such sensitivity that I feel both Elvis fans and non fans will enjoy it alike.
Especially if you enjoy learning about a person that has been written about before. This book breaks down all the nasty rumors and myths written through the years by carefully documenting who said what on such a way that one feels like it's as truthful as any comprehensive biography can get.
I'm looking forward to listening to volume two. JC

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  • LILIA
  • 18/09/2018

Elvis

Great book takes you into Elvis's life. I felt like I was in the 50's whily listening to this great book on his early life and his rise to fame and heartbreak.

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  • Cat in the Hat
  • 13/06/2018

Great book, problem with reader

Stilwell is a fine reader, but kept maddeningly mispronouncing Elvis's last name -- Prezley instead of Pressley. I guess they didn't need Guralnick's approval...?