- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Continuum; Reprint edition (November 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441118802
- ISBN-13: 978-1441118806
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Once you close this book, you can be grateful to Bonomo for not having spared the iconic Jerry Lee Lewis...With his personal credo, saving Lewis' Sun era, then telling about the late 60's country records, on Smash. Tirelessly separating the wheat from the chaff, never taken in by the thickness of the character. Which requires a real discernment, considering all the records the high voltage Louisiana man has cut. A passionate, obstinate book, proudly rooted in a true point of view. Which makes it look like his unruly subject. Portrait of the artist as a mad dog!” ―Alain Feydri, Dig It!
About the Author
Joe Bonomo teaches in the English Department of Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America's Garage Band (Continuum 2007), and Installations (Penguin), a collection of prose poems. His personal essays and prose poems have appeared in numerous literary journals.
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The Beatles had already recorded a live album at this very same club. However, Jerry Lee was not intimidated by the Beatles, and he delivered one of the best live Rock & Roll Albums ever.
On page 119 of the book, it mentions that it has been recognized as one of the top ten live rock & roll albums of all time.
It covers that Jerry Lee was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, during it's first induction ceremony, back in 1986.
This book covers Jerry's "up's and down's", during his musical career. Also, it covers his time spent recording Rock & Roll, and also, the time he spent recording country music. Jerry had several Country Music Hits, and the author puts up a good argument, that Jerry Lee should also, be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The author believes Jerry Lee has earned that honor. Jerry Lee made a gold record out of the classic Hank Williams "You Win Again", plus he had several country hits of his own, like "What Made Milwalkee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)", and "39 And Holding".
Anyway, this is some great reading, and if you like Jerry Lee, and the story behind one of the greatest live rock & roll records of all time, then you'll really enjoy this book. Thanks!!!
Back in 1962 I was just a teenager when I met Jerry Lee Lewis for the first time. That meeting changed my life forever.
This book is a personal odyssey that started over 25 years ago when the author was himself a teenager hearing Jerry Lee Lewis for the first time. It is obvious to me that discovering Jerry Lee Lewis changed Joe Bonomo's life too.
Even today, 53 years after Jerry made his first recordings, there are still teenagers who discover Jerry Lee Lewis by chance and then become avid fans who want to read all the old newspaper stories and buy and play every record Jerry ever made.
Joe Bonomo has been on that odyssey of discovery and he documents Jerry's life and times through his music, through extracts from a plethora of books and articles, and above all from interviews with people who knew Jerry Lee Lewis personally.
Just as Jerry is "The Last Man Standing" from the famous "Million Dollar Quartet" of Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash - some of those interviewed, like famed Memphis musician, Jim Dickinson and Sun Records owner, Shelby Singleton, have died recently. This book is therefore already a historical document.
The book's central theme is the "Live At the Star Club" album Jerry cut in Germany back in 1964. Many rate this LP as the best live album of all time. Joe Bonomo reveals many new facts about this album by interviewing the record's producer, Siggi Loch, and some of the musicians who either played on or attended the session.
The book plainly demonstrates that, alone amongst all the old rock'n'rollers, Jerry has never stopped performing what many have described as "The Greatest Live Show On Earth".
As someone who has been fortunate enough to get to know Jerry quite well, to have been a guest in his home, flown in his private plane, attended recording sessions and seen hundreds of shows - I am pleased to report that I cannot fault the accuracy of this book. In fact, the way the acknowledgements are laid out, the detailing of all the source material and the perfect indexing are themselves worthy of study by other authors.
Congratulations Joe, this book is a work of art.
PS Congratulations to Amazon for their ultra fast next day courier delivery to best ever Jerry Lee Scotland.
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