Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
ISBN: 0062326686
EAN13: 9780062326683
Language: English
Pages: 739
Dimensions: 2.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 2.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
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, 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. 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.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover For nearly sixty years, Jerry Lee Lewis has been a monumental figure in American life. The wildest of the early rock and rollers, he electrified the world with hit records including Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Great Balls of Fire, and Breathless. His music was raucous, exuberant, slyly sexual, his wailing vocals grounded by the locomotive force of his piano. He shared the bill with Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry, toured Australia with Buddy Holly and Paul Anka, and went Cadillac for Cadillac with Elvis on the Memphis streets. Now, for the first time, Lewis's story is told in full, as he shared it with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg. It is a story of fire and faith and resilience, informed by Rick Bragg's deep understanding of the American spirit, and rich with Jerry Lee's own unforgettable voice.
From the front Cover For nearly sixty years, Jerry Lee Lewis has been a monumental figure in American life. The wildest of the early rock and rollers, he electrified the world with hit records including Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Great Balls of Fire, and Breathless. His music was raucous, exuberant, slyly sexual, his wailing vocals grounded by the locomotive force of his piano. He shared the bill with Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry, toured Australia with Buddy Holly and Paul Anka, and went Cadillac for Cadillac with Elvis on the Memphis streets. Now, for the first time, Lewis's story is told in full, as he shared it with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg. It is a story of fire and faith and resilience, informed by Rick Bragg's deep understanding of the American spirit, and rich with Jerry Lee's own unforgettable voice. --Shelf Awareness