Guralnick, Peter

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Guralnick, Peter Gender: M
born on 15 December 1943 at 05:17 (= 05:17 AM )
Place Boston, Massachusetts, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: McEvoy
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 22°32' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 04°19 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 17°33'


American writer and Elvis Presley fan. The first record he owned, at 15, was Elvis. A decade later, in 1967, he first wrote about Elvis. A decade after that he supplied the Elvis story for "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll." Then in 1994, he published his book "Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley."

Guralnick has published books about blues, country, rockabilly, soul music, and blues great Robert Johnson, as well as Elvis. His knowledge about his subjects is encyclopedic. Without any loss of critical intelligence, his work is about appreciation.

Born in Boston, raised in Brookline and educated at Roxbury Latin and Boston Universities, he worked for several years at Paperback Booksmith in the mid-'60s, at a record store and for several publications. He published his first book in 1971, "Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n Roll" before going back to school for his Masters in writing. Preparing to teach English at a prep school, one night at a jazz and blues house he had his epiphany: that he'd rather hang out around the music scene than teach. That was the end of his ambition for the academic life.

Writing about music was a happy conjunction of missionary fervor and institution opportunity. He published "Night-hawk Blues" in 1980, and he devoted 11 years and two books to Elvis' life.

By 1998 he and his wife, Alexandra, have been married 35 years, and live in a 200-year-old house near the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. Their kids, Jacob and Nina, are grown. Guralnick at 55 looks younger than his years with an elfin, wiry frame and fin-boned features.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1935 (Alexandra)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1967 (Began writing about Elvis)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1971 (Published Elvis book)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1980 (Book "Night-hawk Blues")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 (Last book on Elvis)

Source Notes

Frances McEvoy quotes B.C.


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Young looking)
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level, encyclopedic mind)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate
  • Traits : Personality : Creative
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (One lengthy marriage since 1963)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son and one daughter)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer (Elvis and Robert Johnson)