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Elvis Aron Presley, had he not collapsed face first into a shag carpet in his Graceland bathroom on Aug. 16, 1977, would have been 75-years-old Friday. Yet, somehow, his birthday seems all the more important because he is not actually here while others feast at his table.
AUSTIN, TX. - It all began with a birthday celebration for Elvis Presley attended by writer Peter Guralnick in January 1988, he told a packed room at the South by Southwest conference March 16. Having already decided to write a book on Elvis, Guralnick attended Elvis' birthday celebration at Graceland with Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, where they heard Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' famous (or infamous) manager speak. Phillips approached Parker afterward to say hello, so Guralnick "tagged along," he said, and was introduced to Parker. ...
Critically acclaimed music writer Peter Guralnick, best known for his two-volume Elvis biography, can thank a birthday party celebration for jumpstarting his work on 1994's "Last Train to Memphis" and 1999's "Careless Love," he told a packed room at South by Southwest March 16. Guralnick, whose most recent work is on a biography of Sam Cooke, had already established himself as a music writer before his work on Elvis, publishing "Feel Like Going Home" in 1971 and "Lost Highway" in 1976. In the ...