Ray Charles: Soul Man

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Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Turk brings us into the fascinating world of Ray Charles, who is one of the most successful musicians in the world today and who is widely considered to be the father of soul music. The books traces his 50 year career during which he overcame blindness, drug addiction, and racism to become one of the most prolific musicians having recorded more than 60 albums. We watch Charles rise from a small time musician in the nightclubs of Seattle to an entertainer who regularly sells out houses around the world. Filled with photographs of the musician, it's an interesting look at the life of one of the world's truly great talents.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Parts of this biography are well written, and the bibliography is excellent. The material about Charles's childhood is compelling. Turk includes the unpleasant aspects of his subject's lifehis failed marriages and drug addiction. The book is illustrated with generic photos taken primarily from public sources. For example, a picture of a church is accompanied by the caption, "A rural Baptist church in the Deep South. Ray loved to hear the music and sing at church." Many of the same pictures also appear in David Ritz's Ray Charles (Chelsea, 1994). Though Ritz's book is stronger in covering the performer's musical career, it is significantly marred by fictionalization. The two authors disagree on major points such as when Ray's mother is supposed to have said, "He's lost his sight, but he ain't lost his mind." According to Ritz, this turning point happened at home after returning from a clinic. Turk says the incident occurred when neighbors scolded Ray's mother for making the blind boy chop wood. Because of the fictionalization in Ritz's book, Turk's is a better choice.Tim Wadham, Dallas Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822549284
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Lerner Biographies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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