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Chuck D of Public Enemy may believe Elvis was a racist, and others may dismiss the King as a tabloid joke, but Peter Guralnick knows better. The author of several music studies, including Sweet Soul Music, Guralnick traced Presley’s life from birth to age 23 in Last Train to Memphis. Now, in Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, he completes his biography by providing a 661-page, detail-filled account of Presley’s decline, from his Army days until his death at age 42. Although Guralnick treasures Elvis for his charisma and singing, the book is no piece of romanticized fluff. It’s also not a polemic, a work of pulp nonfiction, or an attempt to find a villain. Guralnick simply depicts Presley’s often sad life and the roles that Colonel Parker, drugs, groupies, Priscilla, his family, and music played in it. Hear Guralnick at 7:30 p.m. at Borders, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Baileys Crossroads. Free. (703) 998-0404. (SK)