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Guralnick, Peter

Works: 133 works in 513 publications in 9 languages and 18,225 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Rock music  Popular music  Discographies  Honky-tonk music  Country rock music  Chronologies  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: ML420.P96, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Peter Guralnick
Last train to Memphis : the rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick( Book )

50 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 book 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 book 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."--Jacket
Careless love : the unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick( Book )

36 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the life of the King of rock-n-roll from his return from the army in March of 1960 until his untimely death in the summer of 1977
Sweet soul music : rhythm and blues and the southern dream of freedom by Peter Guralnick( Book )

44 editions published between 1841 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the performers who merged gospel and rhythm and blues to create Southern soul music
Dream boogie : the triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He was the biggest star in gospel music before he ever crossed over into pop. At a time when record companies treated black artists like hired help, he demanded respect and a recording contract equal to that of top white artists of the day. And Cooke connected, in songs that still sound fresh today. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Fidel Castro, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. are all part of this story. This book tells a story at once tragic and true: Sam Cooke's rapid rise to stardom; his troubled marriage and relationships with women; his triumphant recordings and--along with Ray Charles--his reinvention of rhythm and blues as soul music; and the senseless waste of his death by shooting at the age of 33.--From publisher description
Sam Phillips : the man who invented rock 'n' roll by Peter Guralnick( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records. The music that Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio, with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices unabashedly proclaiming the primacy of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical world. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over the author's 25-year acquaintance with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, this book gives us an ardent, intimate, and unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Edison.--Adapted from book jacket
Martin Scorsese presents the blues : a musical journey by Peter Guralnick( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A companion to the PBS-TV series presents an impressionistic portrait of the blues as viewed by seven famous directors, in a collection of photographs, historical and personal essays, and interviews
Lost highway : journeys & arrivals of American musicians by Peter Guralnick( Book )

36 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De achtergronden van enkele Amerikaanse blues-, country- en rock and roll-artiesten die van invloed zijn geweest op de hedendaagse popmuziek
Searching for Robert Johnson by Peter Guralnick( Book )

30 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life and legend of blues singer Robert Johnson, whose music influenced Muddy Waters and an entire generation of rock 'n' roll artists
The listener's guide to the blues by Peter Guralnick( Book )

7 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feel like going home by Martin Scorsese( Visual )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatic story of the blues back through the Mississippi Delta to the African country of Mali, to show in detail how the blues were influenced by the people of the Mali tribe
Elvis day by day by Peter Guralnick( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From details of his childhood in Tupelo, through his rise to success, to his death, a chronology of Elvis Presley's life and career draws on an array of archival material, photographs, documents, letters, artifacts, and memorabilia
Last man standing by Jerry Lee Lewis( Recording )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It often seems like there are only two ways for rock, country, and blues veterans to launch comebacks when they're senior citizens: confront mortality head on or surround yourself with superstar guests to help carry you through a half-hearted stroll through your back catalog, scattering a few new tunes along the way. At first glance, Jerry Lee Lewis' Last Man Standing seems to fall into both categories: the title suggests that Jerry Lee is in the mood to take a long look back, and certainly the very concept of the album -- pairing Lewis with 21 other stars for a succession of duets, often on material that his guests either wrote or made famous -- seems like a typical superstar duet record. But the Killer has never been predictable, and nowhere is that truer than it is here, where Jerry Lee treats Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, and 16 other stars as he treated the Nashville Teens at {the Star Club in 1964 -- as game amateurs who have to sprint to keep up with the master. This is the only guest-studded superstar album where all the guests bend to the will of the main act, who dominates the proceedings in every conceivable way. Jerry Lee doesn't just run the guests ragged; he turns their songs inside out, too -- and nowhere is that clearer than on the opening "Rock and Roll," the Led Zeppelin classic that is now stripped of its signature riff and sounds as if it were a lost gem dug out of the Sun vaults. Far from struggling with this, Jimmy Page embraces it, following the Killer as he runs off on his own course -- he turns into support, and the rest of other 20 guests follow suit (with the possible exception of Kid Rock, who sounds like the party guest who won't go home on an otherwise strong version of "Honky Tonk Woman"). The label might sell Last Man Standing on the backs of the duet partners -- after all, it's awful hard to drum up interest in a record by a 71-year-old man no matter how great he is, so you need a hook like superstars -- but the album by no stretch of the imagination belongs to them. This is completely Jerry Lee's show from the second that he calls out, "It's been a long time since I rock & rolled," at the beginning of the record -- and those are true words, since he hasn't rocked on record in a long, long time. Ten years ago he cut the Andy Paley-produced Young Blood, but that was a typically tasteful self-conscious comeback record; it was driven as much by the producer's conception of the artist as it was the artist himself. The opposite is true here, where the production is simple and transparent, never interfering with the performances; it has the welcome effect of making it sound like there is simply no way to tame Jerry Lee, even though he's now in his seventies. And that doesn't mean that this is merely a hard-rocking record, although "Rock and Roll," "Pink Cadillac," and "Travelin' Band" do indeed rock harder than anything he's done since the '70s -- so hard that they stand proudly next to his classic Sun records, even if they don't have the unbridled fire of those peerless sides. No, this album touches on everything that Jerry Lee has done musically through his career, as the furious rock & roll is balanced by pure hardcore country, piledriving boogie-woogie, rambling blues, old-timey folk songs, and, especially, reinterpretations of familiar songs that are so thoroughly reimagined they seem like they were written specifically for Jerry Lee. And he does this the same way he's always done it: by singing and playing the hell out of the songs. His phrasing remains original and unpredictable, twisting phrases in unexpected ways -- and, yes, throwing his name into the mix frequently, too -- and his piano is equally vigorous and vital. This is a record that stays true to his music, and in doing so, it's not so much a comeback as it is a summation: a final testament from a true American original, one that explains exactly why he's important. But that makes Last Man Standing sound too serious, as if it were one of those self-consciously morbid Johnny Cash records -- no, this is a record that celebrates life, both in its joys and sorrows, and it's hard not to see it as nothing short of inspiring. Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Feel like going home : portraits in blues & rock 'n' roll by Peter Guralnick( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This vivid celebration of blues and early rock 'n' roll includes some of the first and most illuminating profiles of such blues masters as Muddy Waters, Skip James, and Howlin' Wolf; excursions into the blues-based Memphis rock 'n' roll of Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, and the Sun record label; and a brilliant depiction of the bustling Chicago blues scene and the legendary Chess record label in its final days. With unique insight and unparalleled access, Peter Guralnick brings to life the people, the songs, and the performance that forever changed not only the American music scene but America itself
Feel like going home; portraits in blues & rock n' roll by Peter Guralnick( Book )

6 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nighthawk blues by Peter Guralnick( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in English and French and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

- The Year of the Blues reaches fever pitch in fall 2003 with the theatrical release (and airing on PBS) of seven documentary films, each by a noted feature director (Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Charles Burnett, Mike Figgis, and Clint Eastwood among them) and the release on CD of several major new blues compilations.- Peter Guralnick, celebrated for his bestselling two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, is a master of narrative who knows the world of American roots music better than any other writer.- NIGHTHAWK BLUES was first published in hardcover in 1980 (Seaview Books) and subsequently in paperback (Thunder's Mouth Press). Both editions have long been unavailable
Feel it! : Sam Cooke live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 by Sam Cooke( Recording )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sun sessions CD by Elvis Presley( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folkways, a vision shared : a tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly by Bob Dylan( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rockabilly : the twang heard 'round the world : the illustrated history( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock 'n' roll and ruling the world. Here's the story of Elvis Presley's first Sun records that inspired all
Da Capo best music writing 2000( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samling af artikler udvalgt fra aviser, tidsskrifter og internettet om al slags musik, dog mest om rock og jazz og med overvægt mod det amerikanske
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Last train to Memphis : the rise of Elvis Presley
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Guralnick, Peter

Peter Guralnick American music critic

Peter Guralnick Amerikaans musicoloog

Peter Guralnick amerikai író, újságíró, zenekritikus, 1943-

Peter Guralnick critico musicale statunitense

Peter Guralnick US-amerikanischer Autor, Musikjournalist

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Careless love : the unmaking of Elvis PresleySweet soul music : rhythm and blues and the southern dream of freedomDream boogie : the triumph of Sam CookeMartin Scorsese presents the blues : a musical journeyLost highway : journeys & arrivals of American musiciansSearching for Robert JohnsonElvis day by dayFeel like going home : portraits in blues & rock 'n' roll