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Peter Guralnick's Sam Phillips Biography Out Today

Peter Guralnick, author of the critically-acclaimed Elvis Presley biography "Last Train to Memphis," brings readers the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records.

Guralnick's Sam Phillips biography, "The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll," is out today, November 10. The music that Phillips 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 of the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick paints an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman or Thomas Edison.

"The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll" by Peter Guralnick is available wherever books are sold.


Guralnick will tour the country to discuss the new book:

  • November 11, 7 p.m.: Brooks Museum with Robert Gordon, Memphis, Tennessee
  • November 12, 7 p.m.: Margaret Mitchell House with Hank Kibanoff, Atlanta, Georgia
  • November 13: 5 p.m.: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi
  • November 14: 1:30 p.m.: Country Music Hall of Fame with Robert Gray, Nashville, Tennessee
  • November 17, 7:30 p.m.: Powell's, Portland, Oregon
  • November 18, 7 p.m.: Elliott Bay Bookstore, Seattle, Washington
  • November 19, 7:30 p.m.: GRAMMY Museum with Conan O'Brien, Los Angeles, California
  • November 23, 7 p.m.: Strand Bookstore with Bill Flanagan, New York, New York
  • December 2, 7 p.m.: Library of Congress with Geoffrey Himes, Washington, D.C.
  • December 3, 7 p.m.: MIT's Stata Student Center with PEN New England, in conversation with Tom Perrotta, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • January 14: Florence Public Library, Florence, Alabama

Graceland Insiders can enter to win a copy of "The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll." Get details, or sign up to become a Graceland Insider, at the members-only website.


Tune in to Sirius XM Elvis Radio on Wednesday, November 11, at 11 a.m. CST for an interview with Peter.

Learn more about Peter Guralnick.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 8:50 AM
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