Rock historian Peter Guralnick feted in Watertown

Shout-out to rock ’n’ roll historian extraordinaire Peter Guralnick, who was honored the other night at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.

The celebration for Guralnick, who was once referred to, rightly, as “a national resource” by Nat Hentoff, included performances by the Giant Kings — Chris Cote, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Marty Ballou, Andy Plaisted, Paul Ahstrand, and Mark Earley — with Barrence Whitfield, Dennis Brennan, Andrea Gillis, and an audience of admirers that included Peter Wolf, Allman Brothers manager Bert Holman, and the evening’s organizers and hosts: Mike Denneen of Q Division, Mark Kates of Fenway Recordings, Right Turn’s Woody Giessmann, Allyce Najimy of the Foundation to Be Named Later, and singer-songwriter Jen Trynin, among others.

Guralnick, who lives in West Newbury, is the author of several terrific books, not least among them the definitive two-volume Elvis Presley biography, “Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley” and “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley,” and “Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke.”