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Brother Ray Ray Charles' Own Story (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0306814315
ISBN-13: 9780306814310
Sku: 39951346
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  384
Edition Number:  3
Age Range:  NA
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The world-famous musician talks about his childhood, his blindness, the years on the road developing and perfecting his musical style, and his attitudes toward women, drugs, religion, and death. *Author: Charles, Ray/ Ritz, David *Subtitle: Ray Charles Own Story *Publication Date: 2004/10/26 *Number of Pages: 384 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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The world-famous musician talks about his childhood, his blindness, the years on the road developing and perfecting his musical style, and his attitudes toward women, drugs, religion, and death.
Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he tells his story in an inimitable and unsparing voice, from the chronicle of his musical development to his heroin addiction to his tangled romantic life. Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the pervasive racism of the era, Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius by the age of thirty-two. By combining the influences of gospel, jazz, blues, and country music, he invented, almost single-handedly, what became known as soul. And throughout a career spanning more than a half century, Ray Charles remained in complete control of his life and his music, allowing nobody to tell him what he could and couldn't do.As the Chicago Sun-Times put it, Brother Ray is "candid, explicit, sometimes embarrassing, often hilarious, always warm, touching and deeply human-just like his music."
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Written when the late Ray Charles was 48 years old, BROTHER RAY is an earthy, conversational account of the singer's early life story. Co-author David Ritz does an excellent job of giving Charles's distinctive voice free rein as the pianist recounts his early school years, the onset of his blindness around the age of five (horrifically, one of the last things he witnesses is the drowning of his younger brother), and his refusal to be handicapped by it, and his growing appreciation of and expertise in music. His career progresses slowly--he himself admits there is no big defining moment of success--but his incorporation of gospel melodies into secular songs is a crucial, if controversial, element in his growing fame. He refuses to play segregated shows, gets sued, and loses, but stubbornly refuses to be cowed by racism. He's candid about his love life, though the sex in BROTHER RAY is more matter-of-fact than salacious: his description of his heroin use and his eventual kicking of the habit after being busted in Boston is equally straightforward. With the bonus of David Ritz's annotated discography, BROTHER RAY is a candid and revealing autobiography of one of the great musical figures of the 20th century.
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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeEdition:   0003
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0384
Product attributePublisher:   Da Capo Press
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