Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

His Own Story

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis spent his childhood raising hell in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi; 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 edge; 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""-- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062078223
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 LEW 2014
Characteristics: 498 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 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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