Sweet Soul Music

Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom
By Peter Guralnick (Electronic Book, 2012)
This masterful exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316206754

    • On Sale Date: 12/20/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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This masterful exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef. In incisive portraits based on searching interviews with these legendary performers, Peter Guralnick captures the boundless passion that drove these men to music-making and that kept them determinedly, and sometimes almost desperately, on the road.

Peter Guralnick has been called "a national resource" by Nat Hentoff for work that has argued passionately and persuasively for the vitality of this country's intertwined black and white musical traditions. His books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. Of the first Bob Dylan wrote, "Elvis steps from the pages. You can feel him breathe. This book cancels out all others." Of the biography as a whole, the New York Times Book Review declared in a lead review, "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 twentieth century." Other books include an acclaimed trilogy on American roots music, Sweet Soul Music, Lost Highway, and Feel Like Going Home; the biographical inquiry Searching for Robert Johnson; and the novel Nighthawk Blues. His most recent book, Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, has been hailed by the San Fransisco Chronicle as "monumental, panoramic...an epic tale told against a backdrop of brilliant, shimmering music, intense personal melodrama, and vast social changes." He is currently working on a biography of Sam Phillips.
  • "The best history of '60s soul music anyone has written or is likely to writer, but it is much more than that....A classic." (Robert Palmer, New York Times).

  • "A welcome exploration of one of the richest veins in American popular culture....It is Peter Guralnick's considerable accomplishment...to have compellingly recalled this movement, with all its glories, eccentricities, and spiky contradictions....This is a terrific read and an important book." (David Armstrong, San Francisco Examiner).

  • "The definitive history....Guralnick makes his point without preaching....Sweet Soul Music is at once a scholarly work and a whole lotta fun." (Daniel Brogan, Chicago Tribune).

  • "Buy this book! In years to come it will seem like a bargain compared with all the wonderful records which you will have to buy after reading the vivid accounts of Sweet Soul Music." (Elvis Costello).

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Sweet Soul Music
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780316206754
  • On Sale Date: 12/20/2012
Sweet Soul Music