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Winner of the Ralph J. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in and ending with his death in Memphis in , Careless Love chronicles the unravelling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It's a breathtaking revelatory drama that for the first time places the events of a too-often mistold tale in a fresh, believable, and understandable context.
Elvis' changes during these years form a tragic mystery that Careless Love unlocks for the first time. This is the quintessential American story, encompassing elements of race, class, wealth, sex, music, religion, and personal transformation.
Written with 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 insight at last into one of the most misunderstood public figures of our times. He is a recent inductee in the Blues Hall of Fame. He then strode toward a chauffeur-driven limousine surrounded by six MPs, as the post band played "Auld Lang Syne.
He reached into his traveling case and pulled out six autographed pictures, one for each girl, then disappeared with his manager into the limo as his army buddies yelled, "Go get 'em, Elvis. He leaned back in the seat, a broad smile illuminating his handsome twenty-five-year-old features, and cast a backward glance at the forty-car caravan of reporters, photographers, and fans that fell in behind them on the snowy highway. It seemed in some ways as if he had never been away, in others that he was still a stranger in a foreign land.
He had told reporters that the only thing on his mind was to rest up at home for the next few weeks, but that was not in fact true. He had an RCA recording session coming up on which he knew everyone was pinning their hopes: his guest appearance on "Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley," a television special, was scheduled in less than a month; and Hal Wallis, who had signed him to his first motion picture contract just four years earlier, was planning to start production on G.
Blues the moment these other obligations were fulfilled. If he was certain of one thing, it was that his manager had a plan. The Colonel, heavy, saturnine, his hooded eyes veiling an expression of amused avidity that Elvis sometimes thought he alone could read, had stayed in constant touch with him throughout his army hitch.
No detail was too small for the Colonel to take up. He had continued to promote Elvis Presley merchandise, devised sales campaigns for each new record release, and hustled small-time theater owners when Paramount rereleased King Creole and Loving You the previous summer. He had negotiated movie deals in a climate of doubt Will Presley's Appeal Last?
They were an unbeatable team, a partnership that no one on the outside could ever understand, and Elvis was well aware that Colonel had not taken on one new artist in the time that he was away. The present plan was more in the nature of a diversion, and Colonel was having fun with it. They were heading for New York, he had informed the press; they were going to have a big news conference at the Hotel Warwick and then spend the weekend there.
But that, of course, was nothing like what he had in mind. They lost the caravan of accompanying vehicles somewhere in New Jersey. For most of the day they holed up in Trenton, with Colonel relaying confusing messages to the world at large through his secretary in Madison, Tennessee.
That evening they took a private railroad car to Washington, where they boarded the Tennessean , scheduled to depart at A. Once again they occupied a plush private car, attached to the rear of the train, but now their schedule was known to the world, published by the Colonel with the idea of giving his boy the kind of welcome a home-coming hero deserved.
There was a crowd of fifteen hundred in Marion, Virginia, twenty-five hundred in Roanoke, and substantial turnouts at smaller stops along the way. Elvis emerged on the observation platform at every one, slim and handsome in the formal dress blues he had had made up in Germany with an extra rocker on the shoulder designating a higher, staff sergeant's rank.
It had been, he explained embarrassedly when challenged about the extra stripe, a tailor's mistake, but some of the more cynical reporters put it down as the Colonel's work, or, simply, Elvis' vanity. He never said a word at any of the stops, merely waved and smiled, and, in fact, somewhere in Virginia, Rex took his place on the platform at the Colonel's insistence, and with the Colonel's assurance that the fans would never know the difference.
When Rex tried to return the several hundred dollars that he subsequently won, Elvis offered him a job as his chief aide. There would be lots more money, he said, if Rex would just stick with him, and a glamorous life to boot. Talk to the Colonel, he suggested, if Rex had any doubts. To Rex's surprise the Colonel, whom he had been hearing about from Elvis ever since they had first met at the Memphis induction center two years before, advised against it.
After listening carefully to Rex's well-formulated plans for the future and what he considered to be his prospects for business success, Colonel Parker "told me that he thought I was good enough to make it on my own and that I did not need to hang around Elvis. He said that I was not like most of the other guys that hung around and that his best advice was not to take the job.
Then the Colonel told me not to tell Elvis what he said, because it would make Elvis mad He said he had given me his honest, sincere advice, but the final decision was still mine.
Again, he said to me, 'If you tell Elvis that I told you not to take the job with him, I'll deny it. Presley, wrote David Halberstam, was "like a happy young colt He wrestled with some of his bodyguards, winked at the girls in the station, and clowned with his ever-faithful manager and merchandiser, Col.
Tom Parker. Andy Devine. Pleased with his boy, and pleased with the hordes of youngsters that he had to fight off. He could feel the excitement mounting, the young singer's nervous energy would allow him neither to sit still nor to sleep all through the long night. He continued roughhousing with his companions, practiced his quick draw, and threw in an occasional demonstration of the Oriental discipline of karate, which he had been studying seriously in Germany for the past few months. If he ever lost his voice, the Colonel remarked dryly, "we could make money with his wrestling.
What had he missed most about Memphis? It was snowing, and there was an icy wind, but the crowd chanted, "We want Elvis," as they massed behind a six-foot high wrought-iron fence.
Kennamer, shaking his hand. He walked along the fence, shaking hands through the bars and recognizing familiar faces. He spoke briefly with various friends and fans, then indicated to the Colonel's brother-in-law and aide, Bitsy Mott, that he wanted to confer with Gary Pepper, a twenty-seven-year-old cerebral palsy victim who had recently taken over the Tankers Fan Club Elvis had been assigned to a tank corps and was holding a "Welcome Home, Elvis, The Tankers" sign above his head.
Bitsy wheeled Pepper through the crowd, and they had a brief meeting, with Pepper apologizing that there wasn't a bigger turnout, it was a school day, after all. Then the gates closed. The king was once again on his throne. Shop 1 Books 2. Add to Wishlist. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Members save with free shipping everyday!
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When Frank Sinatra hosted the Welcome Home Elvis television special in the Spring of , he was trying to maintain a measure of hip with teenagers by rubbing a little Elvis on him. Elvis is such a prominent figure that Peter Guralnick has bestowed on him the ultimate tribute-a two volume biography. Elvis was already so large that his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was able to negotiate some of the terms of his enlistment, one of which was Private Elvis lived in a house off-base with his father, grandmother and a few buddies from Memphis. In Careless Love , Guralnick settles some of them by dishing the dirt, though in a researched, respectful, understated way. He was, Guralnick shows, more of an artist than many assume him to be. He was so embarrassed by the poor songs selected for his movies that he would back away from the microphone during takes, and during a session of non-soundtrack material, he smashed the acetates of weak material chosen for him by throwing them against the wall one by one. He surprised almost everybody he dealt with when making the Comeback Special and the Elvis In Memphis album by being a far more intelligent, committed and soulful artist than they ever imagined.
Peter Guralnick's two-volume life of Elvis Aron Presley, of which ''Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley'' is the second installment, 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. Let's hear the chorus. Ambitious like Robert Caro's exhaustively researched biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the first two volumes of which have yet to bring the 36th President of the United States to the door of the White House? Let's drive it home. This is what a serious literary biographer of Elvis Presley has to confront: a subject who did his greatest work before his 23d birthday, who never wrote a deep-reaching word about himself and remained largely aloof from his times, even as he informed them. He is also a figure who, 21 years after his drug-steeped death in a bathroom at Graceland, remains a staple of both the supermarket tabloids and of recondite academic papers that smother him with more radical socio-cultural significance -- Elvis the Transgressive -- than he can possibly carry.