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Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
. . . this 3-in-1 bio is an entertaining and epic story of perseverance and the power of family ties. (Reviews, May 25, 2012)
From Library Journal
This is a good read, and not just for the hard-core fan. It will appeal to anyone interested in the dynamics of rock 'n' roll, country music, and evangelical Christianity and what happens when the aesthetics and lifestyles of those three worlds collide. Highly recommended. (Reviews, May 1, 2012)
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When my daughter became an adult, we took her to see Jerry Lee Lewis in person. She had taken piano lessons as a child and was amazed at his ability to play the piano without ever having lessons. She still talks about that night in California when she had a chance to see the person who was such a huge part of my teenage years. Very Enjoyable reading!
JD Davis has a true gift with words.
Cancel life. Read the book while playing Jerry Lee's music. You are in for the ride of his life -- not always pretty but always at full throttle..
Mr. Davis does a wonderful job of weaving their lives together (there is no other way to tell their stories) as well as focusing in on personal struggles and private demons of each man. Their talents are unquestionable. The way their individual families handled them is so different, though and the influence of each family had a great deal to do with where they ended up on the success continuum.
I love biographies for one major reason: I learn about family dynamics and the psychology behind how people end up where they do in life. It fascinates me and so I gravitate to biographical accounts. This book was very satisfying in that regard. Having been raised in a background similar to these men, it helped me to understand struggles I have encountered (they why factor) and to also reinforce my thinking that our choices are what matter most in this life.
You cannot remove religion from the palette that paints these men, so if you are a person who doesn't care to hear about such things, then don't read this book. The ever-present influence of religion and (to a greater degree) Pentecostalism is intrinsic to their story. Without that angle, there is no story. So, I'm letting any potential reader know now, this book dredges those depths.
Great book. I learned SO MUCH about these guys, and I have to say I've formed a new-found respect for Mickey Gilley because of this story. I liked him before, but after this book I do think he is an exceptional person.
Excellent work, JD Davis.
How they went from hardscrabble lives to entertainment and religious leaders was on the road of hard work and diligence. Their setbacks and successes were equally described, and he felt he knew them after having read this book.
For anyone who has wondered about how this family was related and how they came to be who they were, you should buy it. Well done by the author.