Luck or Something Like It
Nov 5, 2012
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (October 2, 2012)
Kenny Rogers has been recording some of the most revered and beloved music in America and around the world. 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.
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. 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.
I love Kenny. Always have. I have followed him through Dolly and the Stream, through the chicken sales and even through the really bad plastic surgery. So I was excited when he had a book out complete with pictures. I will say I was surprised there were so many pictures of Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton. It's almost like he had no other friends.
But I did enjoy reading about his life and what drove him to become a musician. The stories of the other musicians and the tours are of course interesting.
Basically, if you're a fan of Kenny's you'll enjoy the book.
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