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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The touring at the end of his life drained him of his energy but at the same time, his fans were one of the few things that brought him joy. Mar 08, Dave Schwensen rated it it was amazing.

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I couldn’t help but repeatedly think that “Careless Love” was really such a well-suited and poetic title to this second half of his life story because it perfectly sums up the gulf between what was sorely needed and how it was cheaply meted out.

Jul 16, Emily rated it it was amazing. Larry Stark Press published Peter Guralnick’s second book in Read this book to get to know the complex human being that was Elvis Presley.

Written loev 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 epvis at last into one of the most misunderstood public figure of our times Peter Guralnick had considerable ground to cover in his sequel to Last Train To Memphis.

Elvis Presley was a cash cow for so many people and unfortunately, in the end this was what he seemingly felt of himself.

Book Review: CARELESS LOVE: THE UNMAKING OF ELVIS PRESLEY (by Peter Guralnick) : AH | HistoryNet

The drugs, the objectification of women he didn’t respect his marriage at allthe pain from losing his mom, retreating I always loved Elvis’ music in the early 70s So, the author wisely stays away from moralizing and instead focuses on why Elvis liked having his tne around.

He celebrates Elvis Presley’s genius as an artist without ignoring his flaws – but even these are presented in a balanced way. While doing a masterful job of letting the reader inhabit the day-to-day life of an icon behind the scenes, Guralnick’s prose is transcendent and physical in describing Elvis’ music, his concerts, and his sessions in the recording booth, and renders those scenarios in a deeply effective and compulsively readable manner.


There was no Betty Ford clinic back then. I always loved Elvis’ music in the early 70s And who needs a book like that? There is no such word as “unmaking” in the English language. Expect no such happy miracle in Careless Love: Guralnick’s extended description of the downfall contains the most revealing individual description of his subject from Marion Keisker, Sam Phillips’s assistant when the year-old Presley first entered the Sun recording studios. Only when the sun rose did he sleep.

Apr 27, Barnaby Taylor rated it it was amazing. A gospel record finally reignited his passion for music. But the situation was never straightforward and an interesting question of judgment arose when Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters approached Presley to play opposite her in the re-make of A Star Is Born.


Careless Love recounts the second half of Elvis Presleys life in rich and previously unimaginable detail, and confirms Guralnick’s status as one of the great biographers of our time tje is the follow up the the aclaimed Last Train To Memphis. Have you ever picked up a book and, just by the feel of it, known that you are holding something special? I am nearly done with the book and found him to be a terribly sad character.

He was a good and extraordinarily gifted man with the boogie deep down in his bones, but his appetite for love, care, food, women, and escape knew no boundaries. View all 7 comments. Book review Home town boy Careless Love: I came to read this through a combination of opport This is the second volume of the definitive biography of Elvis Presley, renowned as the king of presle and roll.

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

As a clinical psychologist, I found so many disturbances in it, but so much kindness and compassion for the man. The Rise of Elvis Presley, which I have also reviewed. Similar to regular employees’ 5 p. A few years before his death he summed up how difficult it was to be Elvis Presley.


Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

He was hurt, alone, and adrift. The Fantasy Concert DVD is an incredible complete show created using a tremendous collection of footage to make a very enjoyable show. How depressing prsley “Careless Love”? The story of Elvis is so much sadder and stranger than I could ever have imagined, in spite of the calm, compassionate, and amazingly thorough nature of Guralnick’s telling. Jan 04, Judy rated it it was amazing.

Strangely enough, after the story was over, what I felt most was a desire to have known him – not, of course, to get one of the many Cadillacs he would give away, but because it seems as though what he really needed was friendship that wasn’t bought or self-interested. Return to Book Page. I read this book to find out more about his personal life instead of his music carelses and was surprised to find out many details. Elvis in person emerges as expected: The pieces begin falling into place during his stint in the Army while stationed in Germany.

While reading Careless Love, I felt so bad unmakinf Elvis. Preslwy was nice to find rumors of him being a racist debunked and I wondered how they could even have started. And as he details the slow decline from drug abuse, introduced in the Army and spiralling into dependency, addiction and denial Elvis claimed to get acupuncture treatments by syringethere is a sense of tragedy.

After Guralnick graduated carelesx 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.

Less enjoyable than part 1, but no less well researched. What if Elvis had not became his own worst enemy with his decisions to make forgettable movies? If he gave one elvid something, he needed to give something to everyone.