Jerry Lee Lewis by Rick Bragg audiobook

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

By Rick Bragg
Read by John Pruden

HarperCollins 9780062078223
15.93 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $44.99

    ISBN: 9781483048772

The greatest Southern storyteller of our time, New YorkTimes bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the greatest rock androller 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 Lewisspent 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 hiscareer 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 hismaker, twice; suffered the deaths of two sons and two wives, and the indignityof an IRS raid that left him with nothing but the broken-down piano he startedwith; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to BruceSpringsteen to Kid Rock—and survived it all to be hailed as “one of the mostcreative and important figures in American popular culture and a paradigm ofthe Southern experience.” Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is the Killer’s lifeas he lived it and as he shared it over two years with our greatest bard ofSouthern life, Rick Bragg. Rich with Lewis’ own words, framed by Bragg’s richlyatmospheric narrative, this is the last great untold rock-and-roll story, cometo life on the page.

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A New York Times bestseller

The greatest Southern storyteller of our time, New YorkTimes bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the greatest rock androller 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 Lewisspent 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 hiscareer 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 hismaker, twice; suffered the deaths of two sons and two wives, and the indignityof an IRS raid that left him with nothing but the broken-down piano he startedwith; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to BruceSpringsteen to Kid Rock—and survived it all to be hailed as “one of the mostcreative and important figures in American popular culture and a paradigm ofthe Southern experience.”

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is the Killer’s lifeas he lived it and as he shared it over two years with our greatest bard ofSouthern life, Rick Bragg. Rich with Lewis’ own words, framed by Bragg’s richlyatmospheric narrative, this is the last great untold rock-and-roll story, cometo life on the page.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There’s plenty of richness in Rick Bragg’s retelling of the Killer’s life…Bragg, a former reporter for the New York Times, hits all the legendary moments, both high and low…Worth reading.” Stephen King
“No one in rock and roll has ever made music and lived life with the ferocity of Jerry Lee Lewis, and no writer is better suited than Rick Bragg to tell Lewis’ story. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is the best book on rock and roll I have ever read.” Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of The Cove
“Gripping…An entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Rick Bragg

Author Bio: Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg is the author of several New York Times bestselling books. As a feature writer for the New York Times, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his “elegantly written stories about contemporary America.” He divides his time between New Orleans and his native Alabama.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 15.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English