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Guralnick, Peter

Works: 160 works in 596 publications in 10 languages and 18,449 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Rock music  Popular music  Discographies  Chronologies  Documentary television programs  Honky-tonk music  Country rock music 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Editor, Other, Interviewee, wpr, Creator, Author of introduction, Commentator
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 )

53 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 2,928 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 )

38 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,317 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 )

39 editions published between 1841 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sweet Soul Music is the history of one of the most remarkable periods in American popular culture. It is the story of soul, born in the late 1950s, when black rhythm-and-blues singers began to adopt the sound of gospel, working their audiences with the fervid passion of preachers… Here is the story of stars like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Al Green. Sweet Soul Music is also about the business of music; about Jerry Wexler, whole love of soul helped propel Atlantic Records to its astonishing success; Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, who left their jobs at a bank, bought an abandoned movie theater, and turned it into Stax Records; and Muscle Shoals, the pathbreaking studio that began life in a podiatrist’s office with egg cartons stapled to the walls."--Publisher's description
Dream boogie : the triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick( Book )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,402 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 )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,309 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 )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 885 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 )

38 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road."--Publisher description
Searching for Robert Johnson by Peter Guralnick( Book )

29 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Johnson is among the most influential--and most mythologized--of all the early blues singers. He recorded only two sessions before his death in 1938 (at age 27) at the hands of a jealous husband. A major source of inspiration to Muddy Waters as well as a generation of rock 'n' rollers, Johnson is known for a wrenching singing style that is reported to have left entire audiences in tears and for his adaptation of the "walking bass" style from boogie-woogie piano. Peter Guralnick tries to sort out the few facts that are known about the singer and to account for the myths surrounding him. Even the musicians who played with Johnson or learned from him give conflicting accounts of the man who is most often described as moody and shy. In the Mississippi Delta of the 1920s, Johnson's uncanny style was naturally attributed to his having made a pact with the devil, a popular theme in blues lore. Through the recollections of bluesmen who knew Johnson, Guralnick brings alive the time when musicians bitten by the blues bug wandered the country, hopping trains and entertaining at rent parties or "some house-rocking get-back at some plantation." In distinct contrast to the oral history passages, Guralnick compares Johnson's elusiveness to Shakespeare's, his lyrics to Catullus' (of all people). And in describing Johnson's famous song, "Hellhound on My Trail," he calls Johnson "a modern day Orpheus . . . struggling against the urge to look back."
The listener's guide to the blues by Peter Guralnick( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elvis day by day by Peter Guralnick( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 403 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
Feel like going home by Martin Scorsese( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 391 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
Feel like going home; portraits in blues & rock n' roll by Peter Guralnick( Book )

10 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Last man standing by Jerry Lee Lewis( Recording )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His first studio album since '95 is a celebratory outing, featuring a stunning cast of guest musicians ranging from Kid Rock to Toby Keith and Eric Clapton. Collaborating with guitarist Jimmy Page, the album features 21 lively tracks
Nighthawk blues by Peter Guralnick( Book )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in English and French and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Screamin' Nighthawk is a legendary bluesman, an uncompromising musician, and a cantankerous old man awash in memories of road trips and one-night stands, recording sessions and barroom escapades, love affairs and driven, inspired, down-home music making. As Hawk travels back down Highway 61 to Yola, Mississippi, for what may be his last gig, the novel immerses us in the world of Hawk, his friends and family, the nursemaid manager he craftily evades, and the beautiful young blues singer who alone can crack Hawk's crusty exterior
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 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sun sessions CD by Elvis Presley( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Screening Room with Les Blank( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins in 1969, Les Blank has become known for his films about indigenous southern music and various other topics. He has received numerous major awards including the British Academy Award for 'Burden of Dreams, ' about Werner Herzog and the making of 'Fitzcarraldo, ' top prizes at the Melbourne Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival for 'In Heaven There is No Beer?, ' and the Maya Deren Award for lifetime achievement as an independent filmmaker. Retrospectives of Blank's work have been held at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the National Film Theatre, London, and the Cinematheque Francaise. His filmmaking company, Flower Films, is based in El Cerrito, California. Les Blank, along with music writer Peter Guralnick, appeared on Screening Room in January 1973 to discuss his recent work and screen The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins, also footage from what later comprised Dry Wood and Hot Pepper
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 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 193 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 )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 173 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
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 dayNighthawk blues
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Guralnick, Peter

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