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Luck or Something Like It [Kindle Edition]

Kenny Rogers
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A living legend of Country Music and a worldwide music icon, superstar Kenny Rogers has enjoyed a fascinating five decades in show business, and he tells the full story of his remarkable life and career in Luck or Something Like It. From his days with hit group The First Edition to his sterling solo work, the artist who "knows when to hold 'em and knows when to fold 'em" knows how to tell a captivating life story as well–bringing a golden era of Country Music to life as he recounts his remarkable rise to the top of the charts. An honest, moving, eye-opening view of a musician's life on the road, Luck or Something Like It is the definitive music memoir–a backstage pass to fifty years of performing and recording presented by the one and only Kenny Rogers, one of the bestselling artists ever.

Editorial Reviews


“Rogers is an exquisite storyteller, able to get across a range of ideas and emotions in songs like ‘Lucille’ and ‘The Gambler.’ That breezy, conversational tone comes across on the page.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“In his aw-shucks, sit-down-and-listen-for-a-spell memoir.... he reminisces in never-before-told stories…Rogers gracefully recalls the ups and downs on his wild ride to fame.” (BookPage)

“Engagingly honest.” (Toronto Star)

From the Back Cover

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3274 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062071610
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XVN7ZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A First-Rate Memoir By The Gambler Himself" October 2, 2012
Known for hit songs like "Lucille", "The Gambler", "Coward of the County" and his huge crossver song "Islands in the Stream" with Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers has finally written his memoirs. Leading a fascinating and oftern turbulent life with many marriages behind him, "Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir" (a take on his song "Love or Something Like It") chronicles the highs and lows in Kenny's 70-plus year life.

He writes about growing up in Texas, having a dream for being a singer, his collaboration with "The First Edition" and his ultimate solo success beginning in 1977 that lead him to numerous hit singles, Grammy awards and the recognition as being one of the top-selling singers in the world. He writes about his long association with Ken Kragen, his manager, and his friendship duet successes with Dottie West who died in 1991 from a car accident. He also details his working relationships with Lionel Richie, Sheena Easton, Ronnie Milsap and most importantly his love and respect for Dolly Parton, a friendship that lasts to this very day and how having one hit song together made them the greatest duet in the history of country music.

Kenny doesn't shy away from his personal life either. He recounts his numerous marriages, his children and writes fondly of his current wife Wanda and their twin boys.

One part of the book Kenny discusses is his long-time marriage to Marianne, a woman he had a son with named Chistopher and how his infidelity cost him his marriage and nearly half his fortune estimated to be in the millions.

An A+ read, you will love this memoir especially if your a fan of the great Kenny Rogers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing and inspiring, understanding and uplifting October 4, 2012
By J. Ross
Review first published on Blogcritics - Everyone knows it takes both talent and luck to ascend the top of tier of country music stardom. The "something like it" addressed in Kenny Rogers' new autobiography includes adages, lessons, concepts, experiences and close friends encountered along the way. From a humble childhood upbringing in the projects of Houston,Tx., Rogers credits his mother for such values as optimism, respect, sharing and punctuality, as well as sage advice such as, "Find a job you love...and you'll never work a day in your life." His alcoholic father was good-natured with a sense of humor much like the one Kenny acquired. His dad once encouraged him to grow up having just five close friends to become a wealthy man. His managers, producer, and tennis instructor are among those acknowledged in the book. Perhaps a little more could've been written about Las Vegas businessman Steve Wynn who is mentioned as one of the five. Throughout the book, Rogers occasionally calls upon several friends or acquaintances for short stories in their own words.

Subtitled as a "memoir," Rogers' book offers many personal experiences, anecdotes, successes, failures and even a few secrets. While some of the stories are a little trite, most are both humorous and insightful. We quickly learn that Rogers does truly believe a key tenet that "entertainers - no matter how old they are - should never take themselves too seriously." That kind of carefree, yet still businesslike, attitude comes across quite strongly in 'Luck or Something Like It.' That competent and methodical outlook certainly helped Rogers succeed, and it also helps explain his close friendship with stars like Dolly Parton who once herself stated, "The magic is inside of you. There ain't no crystal ball.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Rogers' Luck or Something Like It- Mixed Review January 1, 2013
Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir is the autobiography (rather than a memoir) Kenny Rogers says that, in the course of committing himself to his previously-published books, Kenny resisted offers to write for years.

Rogers' reservations stemmed from his wanting to write an honest account of his life, but realizing that recounting his colorful past failings would revive the tabloid aspect of his celebrity that, as he approaches his 75th birthday, has largely run its course.

Titled after Rogers' hit, Love or Something Like It (which Kenny co-wrote with Steve Glassmeyer), the singer finally acceded to working with a ghostwriter when a book packager provided an exact time commitment for a clock-watching Rogers.

Unfortunately, the book suffers from that assembly line approach.

When the book's first ghostwriter, Patsi Bale Cox died, literary agent Mel Berger, working with Kenny's friend, writer Kelly Junkermann (co-author of Kenny's book, The Toy Shoppe) and editor Lisa Sharkey, "found a guy named Allen Rucker" to complete the book. Reviews of Cox's previous books noted that she was error-prone (Tanya Tucker's autobiography was a prime example) and given to falling short of a ghostwriter's biggest challenge: to write in the "voice" of her/his subject (Loretta Lynn's "voice" is uniquely the singer's own). Rucker's previous work (most demonstrably portions of Gretchen Wilson's autobiography) is notable for Allen's lack of curiosity and/or inability to ask the natural follow-up question.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... to read from such a talented musician & an awesome human being
A pleasure to read from such a talented musician & an awesome human being....easy to see why his career is as huge as it is; the heart behind the music is so much bigger than his... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kathy D.
5.0 out of 5 stars a life long Kenny Rogers fan
I've read a lot of biographies and really learned many things I didn't know about Kenny's life and career. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Autobiography
Loved learning the history behind many of the songs I have loved nearly my entire life. He is truly a showman. I have seen him in concert 8 times, well worth it every time.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The man is all heart
I loved reading about Kenny Rogers. He is genuine, has a conscience and a big heart. His stories are very entertaining and he puts his own spin on them showing that he also has a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I waffled between giving this book either 4or5 stars. It was wonderfully written and very interesting. I would buy this book again in a heartbeat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer L Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars One of best books I have read this year.
First, I love Kenny Rogers. First time I saw him was in 1969 or 1970 in Baton Rouge, LA where I was attending LSU. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Fochler
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Rogers
Very enjoyable auto-biography, a must read for fan. Kenny celebrating over 50 years a performer. When Kenny sings you don't have question who it is. Kenny is a class by himself. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Del J. Viney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
The book, brand new. The story, insightful. The background wonderful. Great writing - the completion of it and my dear friend Patsi!
Published 5 months ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Rogers
Thank you for offering this book Have been wanting to read it for a long time and it was a great price thank you
Published 6 months ago by MELONY :)
4.0 out of 5 stars By the books memoir of a versatile singer
Luck or Something Like It is a short 290-page recollection of stories told by Kenny Rogers, a singer most famous for his hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s like Lucille, The... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Efrem Sepulveda
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Kenny Rogers is one of the bestselling artists of all time with more than 120 million albums sold worldwide. He has endeared himself to music lovers around the world with hit songs like "Lady," "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream," and "Love or Something Like It." He is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has won eighteen American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards.

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