Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

His Own Story

Book - 2014
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New York Times Bestseller

The greatest Southern storyteller of our time, New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the greatest rock and roller of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis--and gets his own story, from the source, for the very first time.

A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis spent his childhood raising hell in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Natchez, MississipΠ galvanized the world with hit records like "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire," that gave rock and roll its devil's ed≥ caused riots and boycotts with his incendiary performances; nearly scuttled his career by marrying his thirteen-year-old second cousin--his third wife of seven; ran a decades-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women; nearly met his maker, twice; suffered the deaths of two sons and two wives, and the indignity of an IRS raid that left him with nothing but the broken-down piano he started with; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen to Kid Rock--and survived it all to be hailed as "one of the most creative and important figures in American popular culture and a paradigm of the Southern experience."

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is the Killer's life as he lived it, and as he shared it over two years with our greatest bard of Southern life: Rick Bragg. Rich with Lewis's own words, framed by Bragg's richly atmospheric narrative, , this is the last great untold rock-and-roll story, come to life on the page.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062078223
Characteristics: x, 498 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Jerry Lee


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Dec 23, 2014

I really enjoy Rick Bragg's other books, which is why I thought this one would be a good pick. I was wrong. Maybe he was just so in awe of his subject, or so focussed on writing something 'arty' or was being paid by the word, or whatever, but I got really tired really fast with the confusing way he presents the history of Lewis. Just tell a straight story! A little embellishment is fine, but all the beating around the bush stuff makes it drag. So, I didn't finish.

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