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Ray Charles: Man and Music
Ray Charles stands as an influential pop musician of the last half of the 20th century. This biography covers his early life of poverty in the deep South and looks at his relationships, professional and romantic, as well as examining his influence on other singers.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published January 22nd 2004 by Routledge
(first published June 28th 1998)
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I have not finished this book, but I have given up on reading it. At least for now. It has not managed to captivate me. And that's not for lack of an interesting story of Ray Charles. The Michael Lydon inundates readers with the most miniscule details of Charles' history and it's a bit much. Lydon focuses on his career much more than his life. It doesn't flow as a story, but as a compilation of dates and facts, where as the autobiographies of Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis read as a story. Hope thi ...more
I liked this book, but after reading it, I don't much like Ray Charles. Loved the movie, and as always, I must find out the truth of the matter. So, I picked up the Bio. Good, worth the read, but don't read it if you want to stay enamored with Mr. Charles.
I really wanted to love this book. But it made me realize the difference between what the public sees in a musician versus reality. The later years Ray Charles I remember, was the music loving grandpa, fiercely independent but lovable as portrayed in a 60 Minutes piece about his life. This book does NOTHING to support that PR viewpoint of RC. At times he comes off as a rebel but not very generous or really nice at times. Other times, the book read like a spruced up calendar with a little fluff ( ...more
This should be required reading for every man, woman and child. This book encompasses the trajectory of a man who never saw the light of day. He was blind from day one and was immediately thrown into poverty in the segregated south. With an uneducated single mother to guide him along he became, in time, a superstar and an ICON. He also became a cruel man. It is that dichotomy that kept me intrigued -- just to see if he would make it to the next level or not. Of course he did make it, but what he ...more