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Jerry Lee Lewis : : his own Story

Bragg, Rick, author. Book - 2014 782.421 Le 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3 out of 5

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Introduction: Jolson in the river -- The father of waters -- Whiskey in the ditches two feet deep -- The big house -- Mr. Paul -- Sun -- "I been wantin' to meet that piano player" -- Too hot to rock -- England -- "Who wants some of this?" -- American wildness -- "He who steals my name" -- Jet planes and hearses -- The year of the gun -- "Babies in the air" -- The fork in the road -- Last man standing -- Stone garden -- Epilogue: Killer.
"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.


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Interesting Biography submitted by timdufresne on August 10, 2018, 1:09pm Lewis has always been kind of an enigma to me and this book brought the stories of his wildness and weirdness a bit more context and humanity.

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New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014].
Year Published: 2014
Description: x, 498 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Lewis, Jerry Lee.

Lewis, Jerry Lee.
Rock musicians -- Biography.