Sneak Peek: Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story – Rick Bragg

This is out in November 2014 and advance reading copies landed last week. Never having been a fan of Lewis but being a big fan of Bragg, I’ve been eager to dip in and see what Bragg’s up to. First thoughts:

Jesus…
H…
Christ…
(Which is language Bragg is careful to say Mr. Lewis would never abide these days.)

I think this might play out to be some kind of Southern culture epic. Just 15 pages in, Bragg has woken up both my ears and my heart. Check out this early performance by Jerry Lee (advice: for the full Killer effect, make the video as big as you can):

 

More on this book closer to on sale, but if you think Lewis is on fire in that video, you should see Bragg in this book.

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story (9780062078223) by Rick Bragg. $27.99 hardcover. 10/28/14 on sale. 

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