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By Rick Bragg

New York Times Bestseller

The maximum Southern storyteller of our time, New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the best rock and curler of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis—and will get his personal tale, from the resource, for the first actual time.

A enormous determine at the American panorama, Jerry Lee Lewis spent his adolescence elevating hell in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi; galvanized the realm with hit documents like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire,” that gave rock and roll its devil’s side; brought on riots and boycotts along with his incendiary performances; approximately scuttled his occupation by way of marrying his thirteen-year-old moment cousin—his 3rd spouse of 7; ran a decades-long marathon of substances, consuming, and girls; approximately met his maker, two times; suffered the deaths of 2 sons and other halves, and the indignity of an IRS raid that left him with not anything however the broken-down piano he begun with; played with every person from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen to child Rock—and survived all of it to be hailed as “one of the main artistic and significant figures in American pop culture and a paradigm of the Southern experience.”

Jerry Lee Lewis: His personal Story is the Killer’s existence as he lived it, and as he shared it over years with our best bard of Southern lifestyles: Rick Bragg. wealthy with Lewis’s personal phrases, framed through Bragg’s richly atmospheric narrative, , this is often the final nice untold rock-and-roll tale, come to lifestyles at the page.

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That they checked out me they usually observed whatever varied. ” however the list males up north hadn’t but spotted, didn't but appear to care. This existence was once now not what Mamie had dreamed of for his or her son. yet she and Elmo got here to work out him, and dreamed nonetheless. “You sweat too much,” Mamie informed him. good, permit me inform ya somethin’—what I’m talkin’ ’bout. whilst Elmo walked into the smoke-filled room the 1st time, he knew that he was once domestic, the following with the tune and the dancing and the gorgeous girls and the scent of felony whiskey within the air. I’ll guess my backside greenback, ain’t a cherry during this apartment. Mamie stood along with her handbag in entrance of her like a safeguard. “Why you sweatin’ lots? ” his mama requested. She had by no means refused him something, yet this. . . “You gonna have a middle attack,” she warned. Mamie frightened, convinced, yet she additionally knew that the realm is difficult and it’s more durable if you’re broke, so she advised him she used to be with him, as she could constantly be with him, and made convinced he had an ironed blouse. The younger women, those new brides, forgot akin to that usually. If you’re going to toil in Sodom, be neat approximately it. In ’53, on a late-night journey to Natchez radio station WNAT, Jerry Lee met one other stunning brunette—he used to be constructing a flavor for them—named Jane Mitcham, and whilst a protesting boyfriend informed him to “Hold on now, hoss, that’s my girlfriend,” he spoke back with a line he might use all his existence. “Naw,” Jerry Lee acknowledged, “she was your female friend. ” Jane was once seventeen and diversified. She used to be no longer a trembling flower. She might additionally quickly be pregnant. Jerry Lee advised her he wish to do the appropriate factor, yet he used to be nonetheless married to Dorothy, who was once at the moment living in Monroe. Jane went domestic to Natchez and instructed her family members approximately her state of affairs and approximately Jerry Lee’s refusal to wed. now not lengthy after that, the male participants of Jane’s relations confirmed up in Ferriday with horsewhips and pistols and a duck gun. Jerry Lee didn't imagine a lot of the wedding legislations, yet he didn't imagine a lot of threatening relations both. He downplays any real threat to his individual, yet humans right here nonetheless say, simply part joking, that all of it got here all the way down to no matter if the boy desired to be a bigamist or a useless guy. no longer all of Jane’s relations sought after her to marry; a few simply sought after him to be lifeless, and it really is believed his Uncle Lee Calhoun stepped in to barter. the outcome used to be that Jerry Lee didn't die yet in its place bought better halves, notwithstanding simply because a kind of other halves was once in far away Monroe, this used to be applicable. He married Jane weeks sooner than he was once divorced from Dorothy. “I used to be undesirable to get married,” he says. “Never allow it's stated that Jerry Lee Lewis grew to become a girl down. ” yet Jerry Lee secretly knew he had received. He had lied on his first marriage license, claiming to be a twenty-year-old farmer, and his moment used to be null and void due to the preexisting marriage. “So, see, in case you give it some thought, I ain’t by no means relatively been married,” he says, a minimum of to that time. Jane believed she used to be married, and she or he anticipated Jerry Lee to behave like he was once, too. within the span of a 12 months, Jerry Lee went from a preacher-in-training who was once performing unmarried to a guy with a toddler at the method and a spouse who hollered at him and will curse like a guy and who insisted he hand over his goals and people Natchez golf equipment and cross make a dwelling.

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