The author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography 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 he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison.
"Peter Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Aron Presley is not simply the finest rock-and-roll biography ever written. It must be ranked among the most ambitious and crucial biographical undertakings yet devoted to a major American figure of the second half of the 20th century." (Gerald Marzorati, New York Times Book Review)
"Guralnick casts a penetrating eye into the darkness.... He makes all other music historians look like skimmers." (Michael Corcoran, Austin American-Statesman)
"A triumph of biographical art...profound and moving.... Even the minor revelations are positively spellbinding.... Mr. Guralnick's narrative is rendered with an intimate, restrained intensity eerily reminiscent of the plaintive tone of Presley's ballads, that tremulous yearning of America itself." (Stephen Wright, New York Times Book Review)
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- true britty "just one more book lover"
His inflections were obviously not what the author was going for on way to many occasions.
I would have to say that unless the subject interests you, a lot, you'll have a hard time getting through it. It could have been written in a much shorter length and left nothing out. I didn't like the author speaking in first person but I understand it, he knew Phillips for many years. It was a laborious listen, but overall I enjoyed it.