26 October, 2020Print
Peter Guralnick’s Looking To Get Lost: Adventures In Music And Writing (Little, Brown) Out TomorrowUpcoming Book Events With Elvis Costello (Oct. 26) And Rosanne Cash (Nov. 12)
MUSIC’S PREEMINENT BIOGRAPHER RETURNS WITH AN ANTHOLOGY OF PROFILES ON RAY CHARLES, SOLOMON BURKE, TAMMY WYNETTE, MERLE HAGGARD AND SO MANY MORE
“If there’s a leading figure among writers on American popular music—one who both defines and transcends the field—it has to be Peter Guralnick.”
— Preston Lauterbach, The Wall Street Journal
“Peter Guralnick is one of the 3 or 4 greatest writers in the country today.” — Michael Eric Dyson
“A literary masterpiece.” — Douglas Brinkley
Tomorrow, Little, Brown publishes Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing,the new book from acclaimed music writer Peter Guralnick. The anthology finds the best-selling and award-winning author reflecting on memorable encounters with icons like Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Tammy Wynette, Colonel Tom Parker, Howlin’ Wolf, Doc Pomus, and Merle Haggard. The result is a collection that “tells a subtle story of Guralnick’s own long journey” (Boston Globe) and reaffirms his place as “the genre’s gold standard” (The Wall Street Journal).
Including such stories as a novella-length account of the life and hard-then-redemptive times of Dick Curless and an epic new portrait-in-three-parts of Solomon Burke — refracted through his 30-year friendship with the “King of Rock ‘n’ Soul" — Looking To Get Lost is a diverse, wide-ranging anthology that feels just as vital as Guralnick’s ground-breaking first collection of music writing Feel Like Going Home, published nearly fifty years ago. See below for a sampling of what critics, writers and artists are already saying aboutLooking To Get Lost.
To celebrate the book’s release, Guralnick has announced two one-time-only virtual book events. This evening, October 26, the Strand bookstore in New York City will host a virtual conversation between Guralnick and Elvis Costello, whose historic 2006 collaboration with Allen Toussaint The River in Reverse is the subject of a chapter in Looking To Get Lost. More information HERE.
And on Thursday, November 12th, Washington D.C.’s Politics and Prose will host a virtual event with Guralnick and Rosanne Cash, whose father Johnny Cash is also profiled inLooking To Get Lost. More information HERE.
Read an interview feature with Guralnick at the Boston Globe, which finds him discussing the influence of Whitney Balliet’s jazz writing for the New Yorker and how Looking To Get Lost “is as close as I’ll ever get to writing a memoir.”
Through his writing, Guralnick has earned a Grammy and an illustrious list of on-record fans and collaborators, including Bob Dylan, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ken Burns, Lucinda Williams, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Martin Scorsese, Chuck D, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mick Jagger. Jagger and DiCaprio are currently working on a film adaption of Guralnick's most recent book, 2015's Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll, which Rolling Stone called “definitive” and The New York Times hailed as “vital American history, smartly and warmly told.”