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Rick Bragg & Jerry Lee Lewis
"Jerry Lee Lewis His Own Story"
Cannon Gate (2014)
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Submitted by: rockinev.
Publication date - 22 March 2015
Copyrights: Rockin Nev / Rockabilly Bash

This is quite simply the best rock n roll biography I have ever read, written entirely in collaboration with Jerry Lee himself as you read the text you can actually picture the young boy growing up, getting into more trouble than you would believe but always aware that he was destined for something more.

The story comes to life as if reading a novel rather than a biography, his troubles in education, the massive influence of the church the love for his parents and the entangled wider family.

I love how it tells of life on the road with the likes of Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, the friendships and rivals of those early rock n roll pioneers. the excesses of alcohol and drugs, nothing is cut out or edited. His rise to fame and the fall from grace on the English tour with his young wife Myra. This lead to years in the wilderness thousands of miles on the road, endless bars, fights and woman all vividly described through to his slow rise back to the top as a country star.

His life is full of tragedy and excess a man not afraid to face the world head on with a clear disregard for authority.

By the end of the book I had a genuine affection for the man who invented the Rock n Roll life style and an understanding of what kept driving him forward. Simply his sheer love of the music, Rock n Roll Country, Boogie Woogie, Blues, Honky Tonk Gospel, Jerry Lee took it all mixed it together and produced a legend.

He is the Last Man Standing and as you read you can hear the music as a narrative in your mind and see the characters , its well written thoroughly researched and should be on any self respecting Rockin fans shelf.

Rockin Nev

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