A Conversation With Peter Guralnick

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A Conversation With Peter Guralnick
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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art says
Free admission with no advance reservations. Limited seating available. Auditorium doors will open at 6:40 pm.

The author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography "Last Train to Memphis" and southern soul narrative "Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues" and the "Southern Dream of Freedom" brings us "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll," chronicling the life of the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records.

The music that Samuel Cornelius Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison. We like to consider Phillips an architect of American folk art, who possessed a remarkable ability to discover talent that was regionally rooted yet surpassed any creative output previously captured in a recording studio and pressed into shellac.

Memphis author and music historian Robert Gordon will moderate the conversation with Guralnick, which will take place in the Brooks’ Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium. Capacity is limited to 250.

Following the talk, Guralnick will sign copies of "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll" in the Brooks’ rotunda. Booksellers at Laurelwood will be selling copies on site. The Brushmark Restaurant will be open with tapas and cocktails priced a la carte.

Presented in conjunction with Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America, on view at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art November 7 through February 28.
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By: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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