Was the late Colonel Thomas A. Parker a visionary genius or master of exploitation? Music historian Peter Guralnick argues that the answer is both. Parker was the mysterious, controversial manager who guided Elvis Presley’s career from 1955 on. Before he ever met Presley, though, he had revolutionized the art of management and promotion, particularly in his long association with Eddy Arnold. In this hundredth-anniversary year of the Colonel’s birth, Guralnick will show rare early images and play the only song Parker ever asked Presley to record.
Guralnick has written extensively on American music. His books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, as well as Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. The Massachusetts-based author has been a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University since 2005.
After the program, Guralnick will sign books in the Museum Store. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. For more details, contact the Country Music Hall of Fame at 615-416-2001.
Peter Guralnick Lecture on Colonel Parker at Country Music Hall of Fame
Saturday, April 18
Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville, TN