Luck or Something Like It

Luck or Something Like It

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by Kenny Rogers
     
 

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A remarkable story of a boy who couldn't stop singing, and a man who knew how to hold 'em

For more than half a century, Kenny Rogers has been recording some of the most revered and beloved music in America and around the world. In that time, he has become a living legend by combining everything from R&B to country and gospel to folk in his unique voice to

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A remarkable story of a boy who couldn't stop singing, and a man who knew how to hold 'em

For more than half a century, Kenny Rogers has been recording some of the most revered and beloved music in America and around the world. In that time, he has become a living legend by combining everything from R&B to country and gospel to folk in his unique voice to create a sound that's both wholly original and instantly recognizable.

Now, in his first-ever memoir, Kenny details his lifelong journey to becoming one of American music's elder statesmen—a rare talent who's created hit records for decades while staying true to his values as a performer and a person. Exploring the struggles of his long road, his story begins simply: growing up in Depression-era Texas, living in the projects, surviving in poverty, and listening to his mother, who always had just the right piece of wisdom.

Recounting his early years, first as a jazz bassist and later as a member of the pioneering folk group the New Christy Minstrels, Kenny charts how he came into his own as an artist with the First Edition, only to have the band's breakup in the 1970s raise questions about his musical future. Yet, as Kenny explains, it was precisely this soul-searching that led him to a new direction on his own in Nashville. Telling the stories that have become legends in a town that's seen many of them, he recalls the making of his career in country music and his most memorable songs, including "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream." Along the way, he shares the friendships, both big and small, that have meant the most to him, describing the good times he's had with Dottie West, Lionel Richie, and, of course, Dolly Parton, and how through it all he continues to make music with the passion that has defined him from the start.

Staring across the decades, Kenny writes a story seemingly straight from one of his songs. The end result is a rollicking ride through fifty years of music history, which offers a heartwarming testament to a time when country music wasn't just a brand but a way of life.

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As a singer-songwriter, Kenny Rogers has won hundreds of awards and charted more than 120 hit singles, but beyond his busy marital life (five marriages) and his Kenny Rogers Roasters eateries, most of us little about this surprisingly reticent man. This memoir changes that. Luck or Something Like It reveals how the young Houston musician experimented with doo-wop, jazz, and mainstream pop before settling into the country genre for which he's been known. It also describes how his deep faith and the importance to his life of artists including Elvis Pressley, Dolly Parton, and Ray Charles. He also delineates his complicated relationship with the Nashville country music establishment, revealing how his evolving musical preferences sometimes made him an outsider among purists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062071606
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
190,395
File size:
8 MB

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Kenny Rogers is one of the bestselling artists of all time with more than 120 million albums sold worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has won eighteen American Music Awards, eleven People's Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards.

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RS64 More than 1 year ago
In this book Kenny Rogers does not let himself off the hook for anything he has done in his life. He gives credit to the people that deserve it and does not hog the spotlight for himself. I truly enjoyed this book, it made go back and listen to old CDs and albums from decades ago.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Easily the best book I've read recently. Candid, well written and honest. I'm not a rabid fan of Rogers, so whether or not you are, it's a great read.
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