Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg

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Read Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Online Free - The greatest Southern storyteller of our time, 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, Southern boy 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; married 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 Rich with Lewis’s own words, set in context by Bragg’s richly atmospheric narrative, filled with rare and unpublished images, this is the last great untold rock-and-roll story, come to life on the page.

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ISBN : 0062078224
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 512 pages


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 07, 2017

Rick Bragg's writing is about the only thing I really liked in this book. You have Jerry Lee Lewis's story, but now he is a recluse waiting to die? (Or that's what I got) He is scared of going to hell because of the years he was bad and was playing the devil's music. He does so much more crap tha...

Julie rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2015

I don't know how it would be possible to love this book more. Rick Bragg has always been one of my favorite authors, and this book exceeded all my expectations. It's superbly written and beautifully balanced. I didn't know much about Jerry Lee Lewis before reading this book, but now I'm ready to...

Chris rated it ★★★★★

December 21, 2014

When I had read somewhere that Rick Bragg was writing a book on Jerry Lee Lewis I got very excited that I would be able to once again read a Rick Bragg book. I of course knew of Jerry Lee Lewis but not all that much as he was a bit before my time when he was a huge star. Sometimes when you antici...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2014

The highly acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author, journalist, and notable southern storyteller Rick Bragg presents this superb captivating biography of the wild man of rock n roll, "the Killer", who clearly lived life very large and on his own terms: Jerry Lee Lewis (1935-). From Ferriday Louisi...

Marti rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2015

At 80 years old, Jerry Lee is the last man standing of the "Million Dollar Quartet" (Elvis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins). However, it's not due to healthy living. I knew he was a wild man, but did not realize he probably outdid Keith Moon. In fact he seemed to have no internal filter. And despit...

Amanda rated it ★★★☆☆

October 10, 2014

I have very mixed feelings about this book. In full disclosure, I received this book in advance for free in a Gooodreads giveaway. I understand that Rick Bragg is telling Jerry Lee's story as Jerry Lee Lewis believes and remembers it, but I wish Rick Bragg would have pressed him harder on some of...

Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay) rated it ★★★★☆

July 29, 2015

An interesting, if sometimes long-winded in descriptions/scene setting, portrait of a man who has led a wild life (on and off stage). He is a rock 'n roll legend and although Bragg does seem to go soft on some of the harsher periods of Lewis' life (the drugs, drinking, cheating, multiple marriage...

Bob rated it ★★★★☆

January 18, 2016

Rick Bragg's perseverance with his subject pays off handsomely in this rollicking, funny and touching tribute to one of rock and roll's founding fathers, Jerry Lee Lewis. That Jerry Lee is still alive and able to recall so many incidents from so long ago is miraculous enough, but Bragg really cap...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

January 10, 2015

Excellent book on a complicated subject. Hate Jerry Lee or love him...l one thing is for sure.... He is a larger than life figure in southern history and definitely in the history of Rock n roll! Bragg explores the complicated man... Whether it's the conflicted Jerry Lee.... The convicted Jerry L...

Lindsay rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2015

I'm a huge JLL fan and now I'm a huge Rick Bragg fan as well. Impeccable.

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