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By the bestselling author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and Last Train the Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, this dazzling new book of profiles is not so much a summation as a culmination of Peter Guralnick’s remarkable work, which from the start has encompassed the full sweep of blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll. It covers old ground from n By the bestselling author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and Last Train the Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, this dazzling new book of profiles is not so much a summation as a culmination of Peter Guralnick’s remarkable work, which from the start has encompassed the full sweep of blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll. It covers old ground from new perspectives, offering deeply felt, masterful, and strikingly personal portraits of creative artists, both musicians and writers, at the height of their powers. “You put the book down feeling that its sweep is vast, that you have read of giants who walked among us,” rock critic Lester Bangs wrote of Guralnick’s earlier work in words that could just as easily be applied to this new one. And yet, for all of the encomiums that Guralnick’s books have earned for their remarkable insights and depth of feeling, Looking to Get Lost is his most personal book yet. For readers who have grown up on Guralnick’s unique vision of the vast sweep of the American musical landscape, who have imbibed his loving and lively portraits and biographies of such titanic figures as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, and Sam Phillips, there are multiple surprises and delights here, carrying on and extending all the themes, fascinations, and passions of his groundbreaking earlier work.


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By the bestselling author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and Last Train the Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, this dazzling new book of profiles is not so much a summation as a culmination of Peter Guralnick’s remarkable work, which from the start has encompassed the full sweep of blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll. It covers old ground from n By the bestselling author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and Last Train the Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, this dazzling new book of profiles is not so much a summation as a culmination of Peter Guralnick’s remarkable work, which from the start has encompassed the full sweep of blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll. It covers old ground from new perspectives, offering deeply felt, masterful, and strikingly personal portraits of creative artists, both musicians and writers, at the height of their powers. “You put the book down feeling that its sweep is vast, that you have read of giants who walked among us,” rock critic Lester Bangs wrote of Guralnick’s earlier work in words that could just as easily be applied to this new one. And yet, for all of the encomiums that Guralnick’s books have earned for their remarkable insights and depth of feeling, Looking to Get Lost is his most personal book yet. For readers who have grown up on Guralnick’s unique vision of the vast sweep of the American musical landscape, who have imbibed his loving and lively portraits and biographies of such titanic figures as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, and Sam Phillips, there are multiple surprises and delights here, carrying on and extending all the themes, fascinations, and passions of his groundbreaking earlier work.

30 review for Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    It was a good book. At times I found this book rather tedious, but I don't think it was entirely the books fault. I'm not a full on fan of country, but other parts in this were really fascinating and well done. Especially since I enjoy music and wanted to learn more about it and the evolution. Disclaimer: Won this through a goodreads givewaway; that did not influence my review in any way. It was a good book. At times I found this book rather tedious, but I don't think it was entirely the books fault. I'm not a full on fan of country, but other parts in this were really fascinating and well done. Especially since I enjoy music and wanted to learn more about it and the evolution. Disclaimer: Won this through a goodreads givewaway; that did not influence my review in any way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Billdorsey

    I received this book from Goodreads giveaway. I've read about half of it. The short pieces cover a lot of ground from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton, looking at influences of the artist and the author's interactions with some of the modern musicians. Some of the pieces are more interesting than others; I found the piece about Colonel Tom Parker pretty funny. As a musician, I found some of the pieces offered new insight into their history and artistic process. If you are a fan of old blues and coun I received this book from Goodreads giveaway. I've read about half of it. The short pieces cover a lot of ground from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton, looking at influences of the artist and the author's interactions with some of the modern musicians. Some of the pieces are more interesting than others; I found the piece about Colonel Tom Parker pretty funny. As a musician, I found some of the pieces offered new insight into their history and artistic process. If you are a fan of old blues and country music, and the origins and evolution of the music, you would probably enjoy much of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    I am thrilled that I was sent this book as a giveaway. I was unfamiliar with the author and though have only skimmed the contents quickly-- reading parts of chapters though out the book-- the author's abilities as a writer provide insights and history in a personal and objective and unsentimental manner. If one is looking for tabloid like insights and quick little vignettes of popular musical artists or music personnel, then look elsewhere. Neither is this a book of music scholarship per say, bu I am thrilled that I was sent this book as a giveaway. I was unfamiliar with the author and though have only skimmed the contents quickly-- reading parts of chapters though out the book-- the author's abilities as a writer provide insights and history in a personal and objective and unsentimental manner. If one is looking for tabloid like insights and quick little vignettes of popular musical artists or music personnel, then look elsewhere. Neither is this a book of music scholarship per say, but an anthology by a thoughtful and intelligent historian and essayist.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Author Peter Guralnick returns to his roots and sheds new light on the Southern Rhythms and Blues. He reminds us that art is fueled by culture. The true lover of Blues will enjoy this biographical story of the music, artist, and culture that surrounds it. A must-read for true blues fans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim Eggensperger

    Great book on many levels. Good insights and stories about music and musicians.but also tremendous insights into the writing life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Miller

    I loved Guralnick’s Elvis books. I didn’t love these essays. DNF.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim Willse

    Vintage profiles and reflections on a variety of mostly blues, R and B, and country artists by a guy who's spent his whole life writing about them. Vintage profiles and reflections on a variety of mostly blues, R and B, and country artists by a guy who's spent his whole life writing about them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Seth

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    Dawne

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Pinter

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