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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: SmileyBooks (June 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401928358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401928353
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. Kelly, the king of R&B, makes music of epic proportions. After 18 years of stardom, the prolific multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist continues to forge an artistic path that caters to fantasy and captures the hearts of adoring fans. This is, in essence, how an artist sells over 34 million records, and wears the crown of a king. It is this uncanny ability to compose countless classics and deliver electrifying live performances that defines everything that is essential R. Kelly. It’s why he is the recipient of multiple Grammy, Billboard, BMI, and American Music Awards. R. Kelly lives and produces music out of his Chocolate Factory Studio in the heart of Chicago.


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I'm a huge fan of Kelly this was a great book if you haven't read this book yet it's a must have.
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I loved this book, he really opened up a lot and now we can understand where he comes from and the purpose for him music.
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The writers described the life the singer which gave insight to his music and who he is as a man!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By E. Kalikow on July 19, 2012
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"Sometimes I feel like an alien, born on a planet called Music, where there's nothing but sound. Sometimes, even in the midst of thousands, I still feel alone, because no one--including me--understands my mind, my creativity, how I'm hardwired."

The above quote, which begins "Dominoes Up", the final chapter of Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, perfectly captures the essence of its author, R&B legend Robert "R." Kelly. This is a quote that should have been plastered on the very first page of Soulacoaster, for, as much as it explains about R. Kelly the artist and Robert Kelly the man, it shows even more truth about the book itself--and what a personal, uniquely R. Kelly book it is.

The first thing you notice about Soulacoaster is its size. It weighs about 3 pounds and resembles a coffee table book more than a novel or typical autobiography. Then you open the book. There are pictures. Words change fonts, sizes, and colors seemingly at random. Some pages are full of words. Others are black with 4 words on them. Every so often, you'll encounter a completely blank page. It's all over the place.

If this sounds like a mess, that's because it is--but it's a mess that makes sense. In Act I of the book, "Back in the Day", Kelly talks about his childhood and what led him to pursue a career in music. Kelly specifically expands on 2 things: his dyslexia and his ability to "channel" music and thoughts. Since a young age, Kelly has not been able to read, yet has had an overwhelming volume of ideas (musical or otherwise) flowing through his head.

All of this comes through in the very structure of Soulacoaster. There's a straightforward, easy-to-follow narrative in the book, sure, but it's unfiltered Kelly*.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By lorddeath232 on July 6, 2012
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A beautiful memoir that introduces the hard times of R. Kelly and the amazing heights that can only be achieved by a once in a lifetime artist. This memoir speaks about how the king of R&B rose from a street performer under the Chicago 'L' trains to becoming the most successful R&B artist of the 90's and today. No matter what trials and tribulations R. Kelly faced in his life, his belief in god and his raw talent led him to become the most successful R&B artist of this generation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karen M. Turner on July 6, 2012
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Robert gave this Book ...His Heart! I was only looking for this book too be only a version of a magazine interview. I WAS Wrong, Kelly gave us an EXCELLENT & HEARTWARMING Read. Nice Job Piied Piper.. LOVE IT!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on July 15, 2012
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this Man Musically dominates like so few and I'm talking in the way that Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson use to. scary part about R.Kelly is that he never stops. you are never going to out work him musically and he proves that time and time again. now this Book takes you down the journey of the Pain, laughter, tears, fears, vulnerable sides and the Happy side.

just like with his music you never know what to expect and he pours alot of his soul into this book. from the southside of Chicago and hustling to making it big and then yet always staying Humble. Kellz always keeps it real. he talks about all the influences on his Music career and also his personal life. the Lord, family, friends are key and you can feel that in the book.

he cracks me up the Brother is funny cat.however he is serious all at once a great balance.

i love the quote on the back of the book about his Musical Dominance "Arugably the Most important R&B figure of the 1990's and 2000's Rolling Stone. No Argument from me because he dominated like so few have ever.

however he stays grounded. he keeps that fire buring in his creative soul and yet has balance with what he does and says. a great read that takes you from Chicago to hollywood and everywhere in between.

he believed he could fly and also be liberated and balance things out and he has conquered that.

for fans of the man this is a must have book, even the haters gotta give it up for the King of modern R&B. however musically he is beyond R&B because R.kelly reminds me of Ray Charles in that you know anything he does musically he is goingto make it do what it do.

R.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. A. JARRETT on July 16, 2012
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Before reading this book, I read a newspaper article on it that said R. Kelly did not talk about the situation that almost ruined him. That is not true!!!! He goes over basically his life story in this book! It is a very good read! I wish the book was promoted better and should be read by anyone who wants to read about an American Success Story! I learned new stuff about him that I did not know and I really enjoyed reading his book. It is recommended reading!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Throb on July 14, 2012
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I am a fan of Robert from beginning to end. This book is truly an amazing journey that makes u wanna buckle up for the next adventure of the book. I am just more in love with this man. He makes u respect music for what it is. Robert is a man of many talents, to read his life makes me feel more connected and able to identify as a real person.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Hayes on July 12, 2012
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I was lucky enough to purchase this book on its original release date. From the moment, I held the book. I was impressed with the design and print. The chapters are short, concise and easy to read. The art work is synonymous with the ¡§life¡¨ of the book and adds vision to the words. R. Kelly¡¦s memoir peels away the layers of R. Kelly¡¦s heart and soul. You will come away with a better understanding of the man behind the music. I admire his honesty and forthcoming about his past. R. Kelly covered each and every rumor with the exception of one ¡V Alliyah (RIP). Hmm, with all the honesty, I wonder why Alliyah (rumored to have married R Kelly when she was a teenager) was omitted from the book. ¡Kmaybe, because of her age. I have always been a fan of R Kelly¡¦s music, since the first album with Public Announcement. I always wondered why a man with such superior vocal talent would dwell so much into hip hop and trying to project a street life image. This book has put my mind at ease. Street life is just one of the many puzzle pieces to his life. In addition to his spiritual side, family man, creative genius, night owl and a fan of McDonaldsº I highly recommend this read to the haters and lovers of R. Kelly.!!
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