Luck or Something Like It
On Sale: October 2, 2012
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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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