Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story: His Own Story by Rick BraggJerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story: His Own Story by Rick Bragg

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story: His Own Story

byRick Bragg

Paperback | September 15, 2015

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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, 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.

Rick Bragg is the author of a trilogy of bestselling books on the people of the American South. He is a professor of writing at the University of Alabama.
Title:Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story: His Own StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.02 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062078240

ISBN - 13:9780062078247

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A "must-read" for fans of early rock 'n' roll! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher. This in no way influenced my review of this book. This is a "must-read" for fans of blues, jazz, gospel, and early rock 'n' roll. The title, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, does not do this book justice, as it is really two books in one. Author Rick Bragg did not just talk to Jerry Lee Lewis: he did a great deal of research, speaking to those still remaining who were part of the revolution in music that was early rock 'n' roll, as well as to historians of the creation and production of the new sound. The result is both a memoir and a compelling history of the influences on, and the development of, early rock 'n' roll. The author spent time living at Jerry Lee Lewis' home, asking questions and listening to the reminiscences of this controversial but undeniably talented musician. I found myself understanding the man better and some of the choices he made in his personal life. An appreciation for his innovations in music--and those of others--leading to the genre of early rock 'n' roll is inevitable after reading this book. In addition to Jerry Lee's telling of his experiences, there is an abundance of information about the influences on the development of early of rock 'n' roll. Other famous figures from this relatively brief time period such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper make appearances, and the legendary role of Sun Records in bringing these revolutionary musicians (and some song writers) to the world's attention is explored in this book that is both history and memoir. Fans of these early rockers who borrowed from them and further changed the history of rock music are also part of the story. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones are only two well-known groups mentioned who were influenced by early rock 'n' roll.
Date published: 2015-01-15

Editorial Reviews

“Bragg’s account does not pull punches, nor does it need to. Bragg successfully grasps the meaning of Jerry Lee Lewis and the music he begat.”