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Peter Guralnick (born December 15, 1943, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American music critic, writer on music, and historian of US American popular music, who is also active as an author and screenwriter. He has been married for over 45 years to Alexandra. He has a son and daughter, Jacob and Nina.

Guralnick's first two books, Almost Grown (1964) and Mister Downchild (1967), were short story collections published by Larry Stark, whose small press in Cambridge, Larry Stark Press, was devoted to stories and poems. Mona Dickson, writing in MIT's The Tech (May 13, 1964) gave Almost Grown a favorable review. [1]

After Guralnick graduated from Boston University in 1971 with a master's degree in creative writing, he began writing books chronicling the history of blues, country, rock and roll and soul.

His two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis in 1994, followed by Careless Love in 1999, placed the story of Presley's career into a rise and fall arc. Encompassing more than 1,300 pages (including 1,150 pages of text), the work countered earlier biographies such as Albert Goldman's Elvis from 1981 with an in-depth, scholarly examination of Presley's life and music. Guralnick had previously written on Presley in the The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, starting with the first edition in 1976, said article having been reprinted for each subsequent edition.

In contrast to contemporaries such as Lester Bangs, Ian Penman and Nick Tosches, whose music writings are marked by idiosyncratic, self-referential and highly personal styles, Guralnick's writing is characterized by a colloquial approach that is clean and understated by comparison. In his best passages, he has an ability to simultaneously empathize and remain objective. Writing as a music fan, his enthusiasm powers his writing but doesn't overpower it.

Guralnick wrote the script for A&E's documentary, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, and he also scripted Sam Cooke - Legend, [2] narrated by Jeffrey Wright.

In 1971, he succeeded his grandfather as director of an athletic camp for boys, Camp Alton. It was located on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The camp closed in 1992.

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Total Books: 64
Sam Phillips The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll
2016 - Sam Phillips the Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316042734
ISBN-10: 0316042730
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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Art Decades
2016 - Art Decades [Volume 7] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781530734740
ISBN-10: 1530734746
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
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Careless Love The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
2008 - Careless Love the Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Other)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781439568989
ISBN-10: 1439568987
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Last Train to Memphis The Rise of Elvis Presley
2008 - Last Train to Memphis the Rise of Elvis Presley (Other)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781439508626
ISBN-10: 1439508623
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Rock 'N' Roll 39-59
2008 - Rock 'n' Roll 39-59 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783865216090
ISBN-10: 3865216099
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Dream Boogie The Triumph of Sam Cooke
2006 - Dream Boogie the Triumph of Sam Cooke (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780349119489
ISBN-10: 0349119481
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Dream Boogie
2005 - Dream Boogie (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780316731454
ISBN-10: 0316731455
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Dream Boogie  The Triumph of Sam Cooke
2005 - Dream Boogie the Triumph of Sam Cooke (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780316377942
ISBN-10: 0316377945
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues A Musical Journey
2004 - Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues a Musical Journey (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060525453
ISBN-10: 0060525452
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Sweet Soul Music
2003 - Sweet Soul Music [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782844851307
ISBN-10: 2844851304
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Nighthawk Blues A Novel
2003 - Nighthawk Blues a Novel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316735728
ISBN-10: 0316735728
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Feel Like Goin' Home
2003 - Feel Like Goin' Home (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781841952819
ISBN-10: 1841952818
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Lost Highway
2002 - Lost Highway (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781841952826
ISBN-10: 1841952826
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment
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Careless Love  The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
2000 - Careless Love the Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780316332972
ISBN-10: 0316332976
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 8

Careless Love Unmaking of Elvis Presley
2000 - Careless Love Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780349111681
ISBN-10: 0349111685
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Careless Love
Elvis Day by Day  The Definitive Record of His Life and Music
Last Train to Memphis Careless Love
1999 - Last Train to Memphis Careless Love (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780316345231
ISBN-10: 0316345237
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Boxed Sets
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Feel Like Going Home  Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll
1999 - Feel Like Going Home Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780316332729
ISBN-10: 0316332720
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Sweet Soul Music  Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom
1999 - Sweet Soul Music Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316332736
ISBN-10: 0316332739
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1988 - Nighthawk Blues a Novel [Contemporary fiction series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Elvis Ultimo Tren a Memphis [Musica Zero - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)