Peter Guralnick’s Monumental Biography of Sam Phillips Just Published

by Chris Murray on October 20, 2015


Peter Guralnick’s much-anticipated biography, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll (Little Brown), has just been published.

Guralnick’s contribution to the history of American music is inestimable and his biography of Sam Phillips is the latest masterwork in Guralnick’s catalog of books.

It was Peter Guralnick’s award-winning biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis, that brought me to Alfred Wertheimer’s remarkable photographs of Elvis Presley in 1956. Wertheimer’s beautiful photograph “First Arrival” of 21-year-old Presley playing gospel music alone at the piano in New York City graces the cover of Guralnick’s biography of Presley.

Peter Guralnick will be discussing his biography of Sam Phillips in New York City on Monday, November 23 at Strand Books and in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 2 at the Library of Congress. I’m going to both events.

November 23 at The Strand
December 2 at The Library of Congress
Elvis Presley © Alfred WertheimerCopyright © Estate of Alfred Wertheimer.

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