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David Gahr

Author Series: Peter Guralnick

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Hear about the extrodinary life of Sam Phillips, the man behind Sun Records and some of rock's brightest stars. 


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives, 2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland OH. Doors open at 6:30 and Author Series begins at 7:00 p.m.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Author Series welcomes Peter Guralnick as the next speaker in its Author Series. Guralnick will discuss his latest book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A session, as well as purchase copies of the books for signing. 


The music that Sam Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and Johnny Cash introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices unabashedly proclaiming the primacy of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical world.

With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over Peter Guralnick’s twenty-five year acquaintance with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Sam Phillips gives us an ardent, intimate, and unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as such other homegrown creative spirits as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Edison.


Peter Guralnick has been called "a national resource" by critic Nat Hentoff for work that has argued passionately and persuasively for the vitality of this country’s intertwined black and white musical traditions. His books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love; Sweet Soul Music; and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. His latest work, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, was a finalist for the Plutarch Award for Best Biography of the Year, awarded by the Biographers International Organization.