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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His place in musical history cannot be contested.

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The women, my God, so many women. This second half of Guralnick’s huge biography of Elvis looks at how he threw it all away, becoming increasingly overwhelmed by drug addiction and mental illness.

He treats every aspect of Presley’s life–including forays into spiritual mysticism and the growing dependency on prescription drugs–with dignity and critical distance. He celebrates Elvis Presley’s genius as an artist without ignoring his flaws – but even these are presented in a balanced way.

Think of the music he could have made versus Viva Las Vegas. A lost child swimming in a sea of madness he never really wanted. So, the author wisely stays away from moralizing and instead focuses on why Elvis liked having his friends around. It was a hugely destructive choice and in the end forced him to become a ridiculous caricature of himself “the living legend is fat and ludicrously aping his former self There’s no context in which to place all the detail and private data.

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In the end, the slvis generosity became a symptom of a larger malaise. Jul 31, Mike rated it it was amazing. But I was an incredibly maternal presence in his life. 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.

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

We all know what’s coming at the end, just as we did watching the film Titanic, but like all great true stories the reader’s interest is held not by what happened – but how. The interventions are halting and sincere but they all quickly fail. He was certainly fallible and given to excess in drugs and women, but tge down seemed like a good human being. 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.


The Rise of Elvis Presley, which I have also reviewed. Still, none of those stories came close, remotely, to the tragic downfall of Elvis. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

After Guralnick graduated from Boston University in with a master’s degree in creative writing, he began writing books chronicling the history of blues, country, rock and roll and soul. The small world Elvis inhabited in the first volume simply explodes in Careless Love and the girls, guys, musicians, directors, producers, promoters, actors and actresses, songwriters and countless others enter, exit, return and exit again throughout.

His loev end is all the more poignant because of its inevitability. Film shows violence of Rio’s gangster children, but the reality is far worse.

I was impressed by how sympathetic the book was to Elvis’ spiritual quest. Dec 20, Lucynell rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was strong enough to fight himself to a draw, but not strong enough to win. Although arguably the biggest name in rock and roll, Presley wanted to do more than the goofy movies and lovey-dovey songs, but Presley’s manager, Colonel Parker, who had an almost godlike hold on Elvis, always steered him to the easy money deals, and since Parker had kept Elvis popular during his time in the army, Elvis believed Parker knew best.

He even neglected some of his blockbuster contractual obligations because he was so busy studying. Jun 08, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: A gospel record finally reignited his passion for music.

Wow, what a read! Mar 08, Dave Schwensen rated it it was amazing.

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

At least Parker seemed to see Elvis’ value and want him to be financially carelexs 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. Apr 27, Barnaby Taylor rated it it was amazing.

But after that it rapidly all goes downhill. Elvis was very close with his mother and when she died, suddenly and quite young, Elvis was devastated. But Elvis was elviw, so this biography takes him seriously.

Guralnick’s exploration of Elvis’ childhood and rise to fame was notable for its factual rigorousness and its intimate appreciation of Presley’s musical agenda.


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

Elvis had a really good heart and desire to please everyone. I was born too late to be much of an Elvis fan; he was falling fast as I was coming of age.

Having been exposed to the lifestyle of entertainers, I can attest that when slvis is carwless in early morning hours, the entertainer, in this case, Elvis Presley, is wired. But Parker talked him out of it, arguing that his uniqueness would be compromised.

I took the plunge. We know how it ends, on a black toilet in a face full lvoe vomit, dead at 42 in Graceland, his Memphis home, the city named after the Egyptian site of the pyramids of Saqqara and Giza This, the second and last volume in a two-book set chronicling the life of Elvis Presley by the great writer Peter Guralnick, focuses on the post-military career of the King.

A few years before his death he summed up how difficult it was to be Elvis Presley. Aug 05, carelesss Track rated it really liked it. While this may be down to Elvis’s life becoming less focused and more isolated, the fact that the narrative follows the same trajectory isn’t particularly pleasurable to read.

I am left with an overwhelming sadness after reading this book. The Rise of Elvis Presley, this is the second volume in this definitive Elvis biography, taking his life from his time loce the army until his death in We begin where the first one ends, inwith Elvis in the army in Germany and the colossal figure of his manager Colonel Parker home working to maintain and enrich his only client’s image and desirability and we wrap up with Elvis’ death in Here’s a book that takes you behind the scenes and gives you the real story.

Dec 18, Carol Storm rated it it was ok. 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. Unfortunately, this also pf him seem so ill-equipped to handle the pressures of fame.