[Download] Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley By Peter Guralnick

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

By: Peter Guralnick
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 31 hours
Release date: Nov 1, 2012
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (97 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)

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Careless Love is the full, true, and mesmerizing story of Elvis Presley's last two decades, in the long-awaited second volume of Peter Guralnick's masterful two-part biography.

Last Train to Memphis, the first part of Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Presley, was acclaimed by the New York Times as "a triumph of biographical art." This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time.

Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unravelling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking revelatory drama that for the first time places the events of a too-often mistold tale in a fresh, believable, and understandable context.

Elvis' changes during these years form a tragic mystery that Careless Love unlocks for the first time. This is the quintessential American story, encompassing elements of race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation. 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.
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10 Responses to “[Download] Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley By Peter Guralnick”

  1. Marica Servey

    a complete book
    a very good and complete story. rather long but very fact based book. if your an Elvis fan get this book

  2. Janella Migdal

    If Elvis’s rise to fame was compared to a birth of a universe ie. big bang.. Then Elvis’s demise must be considered a mass supernova event. This book explains in detail how a star that burned so bright began to implode from within. So many poor decisions: mismanagement, greed, power struggles from family, friends, management, and many burned bridges. As you listen to this book you can’t help but imagine building a time machine and going back in time trying to stop the demise of such a talented, genius and gifted human being from stepping of a cliff to bottomless pit that does have a bottom. It was a long fall from grace for Elvis Presley. Who is to blame? Or is this the fate of an individual who is tasked with changing the face of a world culturally, musically, indelibly leaving his mark on the universe infinitely.

  3. Gus B.

    The tragic end of a great artist
    This is a comprehensive look at one of the greatest stars of all time. Together with part I, Last Train to Memphis, it seems you get everything ever written or said about Elvis from interviews with people who knew him, worked for or with him, fans and family members. It’s probably a book most appreciated by Elvis fans or at least those who know and like his music, but it’s also a story of human nature, the tragedy of drugs, the pitfalls of living in a ‘bubble’ with few outsiders having access, and eventually believing your own publicity machine. So full marks to Peter Guralnick for great research and presenting the story in an interesting, sympathetic, and non-judgmental way, and showing us the real Elvis behind the hype and hysteria. Full marks, too, to Kevin Stillwell who does his usual great job.

  4. Lala Arredondo

    After reading Albert Goldman’s Elvis, I was interested in having another viewpoint on Elvis’s life, so I embarked on listening to the first volume of this alternative biography, Last Train to Memphis. I slogged my way through it and hoped that the second volume, Careless Love, would be more stimulating. It is not. It is stupefyingly boring and I can hardly force myself to finish listening. Now I really don’t care if Goldman took too many liberties with the material he gathered on Elvis because at least he tried to delve below the surface and speculate on the nature of the personality and motivations generating the events of Elvis’s life. Careless Love deliberately stays on the surface and as such is numbingly tedious.

  5. Emerson Shiba

    Elvis – sad ending
    This gives a glimpse in the life of Elvis. Painful to read at times, but probably the most accurate look in to his personal life. Most Elvis fans are familiar with circumstances at the end of his life. The business deal making and manipulating by the colonel is interesting. Elvis personal relationships are covered. The author nails it without being maudlin.

  6. Mac Neiss

    Guralnick does Elvis right.
    Great follow on to the book that takes you up to Elvis heading off with the army. Tragic story that happens way too often with celebrities. People have a hard time telling them no.

  7. Marya Olivas

    Loved this book
    The best I have read on the life of Elvis. It is also very sad to read of his decline. Loved him as a child of the 50’s?

  8. KellysHero718

    Guralnick Rocks
    Peter Guralnick is an exceptional biographer and a talented writer. He treats his subjects with such profound respect, more, in this case than the subject deserves. So many heroes suffer in the light of honest biography (Mickey Mantle comes to mind), but post-war Elvis far exceeds what most people already know about his last years of miserable decline. It is a sad, sad story, but well-told.

  9. Deon Heckaman

    Careless Love
    Excellent account of a phenomenal talent I have enjoyed since I was thirteen years old and always will. Thank you Mr. Guralnick for your insight of a talent I don’t think will ever be again.

  10. Gudrun Montellano

    loved it its so sad how someone had everything, destroyed himself. when your that special its hard not to have everything and the devil destroys even elvis

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