Peter Guralnick on the extraordinary life of Sun Records' Sam Phillips

Nov 10, 2015, 05:26 AM

Peter Guralnick is a music writer of the highest order who splits his time living between Nashville and Massachusetts. Over the past 40 years, he has written definitive books about American music, including Dream Boogie, a biography of Sam Cooke, and Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, his monumental twin biographies about the rise and unmaking of Elvis Presley. His latest book is a riveting and exhaustively researched portrait of the founder of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee—the man who discovered Presley and other icons like Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis among many others. The book is called Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, it’s out now via Little, Brown and Company and Peter and I have extensive chat about it and the wonderfully surprising life of Sam Phillips.

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