Luck or Something Like It: A Memoirby Kenny Rogers
For more than half a century, living legend Kenny Rogers has recorded some of the most beloved music in America and around the world, creating a sound both wholly original and instantly recognizable. Now, in his first-ever memoir, this rare talent divulges the struggles of his long road to success and how, through it all, he's stayed true to his values as a
For more than half a century, living legend Kenny Rogers has recorded some of the most beloved music in America and around the world, creating a sound both wholly original and instantly recognizable. Now, in his first-ever memoir, this rare talent divulges the struggles of his long road to success and how, through it all, he's stayed true to his values as a performer and a person.
Recounting the journey from his early years to today, Kenny charts breakout hits, disappointing misses, and the periods of soul-searching that have led him to reinvent his sound countless times and experiment with everything from gospel to country to R&B. Along the way, he tells stories that have since become legend, as Kenny recalls the making of his classic songs and shares the stories behind his most important friendships with stars like Dottie West, Lionel Richie, and, of course, Dolly Parton.
Staring across the decades, Kenny writes a story seemingly straight from one of his songs, resulting in a rollicking ride through fifty years of music history.
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.
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Meet the Author
Kenny Rogers is a respected singer and musician who is an icon in the country music world. He is also a writer and a producer of plays, musicals and television specials. Mr. Rogers is the author of two picture books, Kenny Rogers Presents the Greatest and The Toy Shoppe.
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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.
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.